For those interested in the Baker Street Irregulars and our colorful history, welcome for the first time to my BSI Archival History blog and its website, accessible at www.bsiarchivalhistory.org. I have posted there information about my BSI Archival History series (click on “History Detective” at the Welcome page), the tables of contents and introductions to the seven volumes since 1989, other Archival History papers, a page about my forthcoming historical novel Baker Street Irregular, and more— with much more to come.
This blog's sub-title of "Disputation, Confrontation, and Dialectical Hullabaloo" borrows from the late Robert G. Harris of Detroit ("The Creeping Man," BSI): his striking description of the spirit of the BSI and their annual dinners at the Murray Hill Hotel and Cavanagh's during the 1940s and '50s. I hope this blog will capture that spirit of exchange. The medium here might have been eyed quite skeptically by Bob Harris, one of the BSI's great curmudgeons — yet the father of cybernetics himself, Norbert Wiener of MIT, was a member of the BSI's Boston scion society, The Speckled Band. "These are deep waters. . . ."
Comments and suggestions are welcome! Over the coming weekend I will be in Minneapolis attending "The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes" —the always splendid triennial conference sponsored by The Norwegian Explorers and the University of Minnesota Libraries' Sherlock Holmes Collections, and will report on it next week. For information about it, go to http://www.norwegianexplorers.org/2010_conference.html.