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More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

“Since then I have been honoured …”

– His Last Bow (LAST)

Shortly after mailing out our last notice of new posts on our website, I received a note from the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, that there were other Sherlockian-related recipients of the National Medal of the Arts.

Noted theatrical musical composer Stephen Sondheim was presented the National Medal for the Arts by President Clinton at a White House ceremony on January 10, 1997. Sonhdheim did the music and lyrics for The Madam’s Song  also referred to as I Never Do Anything Twice for the 1976 film of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution.

 

 

Sondheim was also presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 27, 2015 by President Obama in a White House Ceremony. This was the same ceremony where Steven Spielberg, the Executive Producer of the 1985 film Young Sherlock Holmes, recieved his Presidential Medal of Freedom. You can read about the ceremony and more about the Presidential Medal of Freedom HERE .

In 2000, the theatrical producer Harold Prince was presented with the National Medal of the Arts. Prince directed the Broadway musical production of Baker Street. The play premiered at The Broadway Theatre on February 16, 1965 and there was a total of 311 shows.

The opening night cast included Fritz Weaver, Peter Sallis, Martin Gabel, Inga Swenson, Virginia Vestoff, Teddy Green, and, in small supporting roles, Tommy Tune and Christopher Walken in their Broadway debuts.

Arthel “Doc” Watson was an Grammy award-winning bluegrass guitarist, songwriter, and singer. He was presented the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton at a White House ceremony on September 29, 1997.

HolmeWork Assignment: The Imperial Theatre $5 Advertising Note

HolmeWork Assignment: The Imperial Theatre $5 Advertising Note

“We were to go to the theatre.” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In the late 19th and early 20th century, it was somewhat common to see advertisements on what seemed at first glance to be an old Confederate States of America banknote. Our next HolmeWork assignment is one of those examples and was… Continue Reading

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1998 William Gillette Festival Medal

HolmeWork Assignment: The 1998 William Gillette Festival Medal

“… aid us in our search.” – The Boscombe Valley Mystery (BOSC) Our next HolmeWork assignment is once again the result of a brief paragraph in Peter E. Blau’s Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press. From the December 1998 edition: A new flier from Carolyn and Joel Senter (Classic Specialties, Box 19058, Cincinnati, OH 45219) <www.sherlock-holmes.com> offers souvenirs (the… Continue Reading

Faces of Holmes: Leonard Nimoy

Faces of Holmes: Leonard Nimoy

“… besides being an incomparable actor.” – A Study In Scarlet (STUD) Mention the name of Leonard Nimoy to most people and they will immediately associate him with his character of Spock on Star Trek. I’ll admit that I do as well, although I also recall his appearance as The Great Paris on two seasons of Mission: Impossible.… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Dinner

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Dinner

“Surely you will stay and have some dinner?” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) The Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner in Anaheim, CA – August 11, 2016 ~ Left to Right: (Standing) Bill Fritsch, Bob Fritsch; Darren Burgess, Larry Gaye, Suzanne Gaye, Greg Ruby, Sean M. Wright, BSI, DeForeest Wright Eight Sherlockians and numismatists… Continue Reading

The 2016 UK Shakespeare £2 Coins and Sherlockian Actors

The 2016 UK Shakespeare £2 Coins and Sherlockian Actors

“You don’t happen to have a Raphael or a first folio Shakespeare without knowing it?” – The Adventure of The Three Gables (3GAB) The British Royal Mint has announced that they will issue a set of three £2 coins honoring William Shakespeare in 2016. Each coin celebrates an aspect of Shakespeare’s famous work. All three coins have… Continue Reading

Charlie Chaplin Honored as Knight of the British Empire

Charlie Chaplin Honored as Knight of the British Empire

“… Holmes refused a knighthood …” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) As we learned in Peter Jacoby’s recent post, Charlie Chaplin role as Billy the Page in William Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes laid the foundation for his future career in the theater and movies. Chaplin would go on to great fame and receive many… Continue Reading

The Legion of Honour Awarded To Charlie Chaplin

The Legion of Honour Awarded To Charlie Chaplin

“… an exploit which won for Holmes an autograph letter of thanks from the French President and the Order of the Legion of Honour.” – The Adventure of The Golden Pince (GOLD) As we learned in Peter Jacoby’s recent post, Charlie Chaplin role as Billy the Page in William Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes laid the foundation for his future… Continue Reading

Select Numismatic Remembrances of Charlie Chaplin

Select Numismatic Remembrances of Charlie Chaplin

“… possible actors in this drama…” – The Adventure of The Second Stain (SECO) For 100 years, Charlie Chaplin has been appearing on various tokens, medals and coins to promote his movies and to honor his legacy. Unfortunately, none honor his role as Billy the page from Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes play. In this post, we’ll take a… Continue Reading

The Tramp And The ‘Tec:  Charlie Chaplin and Sherlock Holmes

The Tramp And The ‘Tec: Charlie Chaplin and Sherlock Holmes

“‘Beg pardon, sir,’ said our page-boy …” – The Adventure of The Yellow Face (YELL) Many Sherlockians are familiar with the play Sherlock Holmes, or The Strange Case of Miss Faulkner (“Sherlock Holmes”) by Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette. A substantial number are also aware that the play’s performance in Britain in 1903 marked… Continue Reading