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Garridebs in the News – October 2019

Garridebs in the News – October 2019

“It is something new for me to see my name in the papers…”

– The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (CARD)

Once again, it’s time for another installation of Garridebs in the News and we have several items to share.

Ross Davies presenting at the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota Conference

Congratulations to the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota on the success of their recent triennial conference – Dark Places, Wicked Companions, and Strange Experiences – held this past August. Ray Riethemeier and Phil Bergem, the 87th and 78th Garridebs, were both on the event’s organizing committee. Ross Davies, the 61st Garrideb, was among the featured presenters during the weekend.

Ira Brad Matetsky, right, receives his literary award from Gary Thaden of the Friends

During the annual meeting of the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections held that weekend, Ira Brad Matetsky, the 49th Garrideb, was awarded their Bryce L. Crawford Award for best article published in their newsletter in the past year.

Every attendee to the conference received a copy of The Best of Friends, a collection of essays and articles from the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections newsletters. This volume had 4 editors, three who are Garridebs – Riethmeier, Bergem and Richard Sveum, the 32nd Garrideb. We need to twist the arm of Julie McKuras, the fourth editor to join our group! Scanning the 224 pages in the book, we find articles by Sveum, Bergem, and the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau.

The Sherlockians of Baltimore published their 3rd annual journal, The Newspapers, in July and Garridebs can be found throughout the volume – articles by William A. Walsh (50th), Greg Ruby (6th), Mike McSwiggin (74th), Matetsky, Davies, Monica Schmidt (59th), James C. O’Leary (28th) and Charles Prepolec (75th). Copies of the nearly 200-page volume can be ordered HERE.

James O’Leary has been busy, His article on THE Cardboard Box that was originally published in The Newspapers was also posted on the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere website. In addition, he has other posts Billie Eilish – Inspired by Sherlock and Doyle and the Great Authors of English Literature that are well worth your time reading.

The 41st Garrideb, Brad Kefauver, was a presenter at the Left Coast Sherlockian Symposium that was held in Portland, Oregon earlier this month. Brad has also assumed the Editor-In-Chief role for the John H. Watson Society’s journal The Watsonian, in addition to hosting The Watsonian Weekly podcasts. We appreciate the shout-out Brad gave our group in Episode 13 of the podcast.

Bob Fritsch, the 7th Garrideb, is also an avid collector of Canadian coins and has appeared on two episodes of Pocket Change Radio to discuss that aspect of his collecting. You can listen to the episodes HERE and HERE.

The Summer 2019 issue of The Baker Street Journal continued our group’s streak of having Garridebs published in the issue, this time with 3 articles. Ira Brad Matetsky authored Another Sherlockian Myth Debunked: Time to Turn the Page(t) while Ross E. Davies contributed When Watson Learned the Trick: 4 June 1902. Robert S. Katz, the 29th Garrideb, penned From Florida to Appomattox.

Have some news of your own? Drop the Editor a quick note and you’ll be included in our next update. Congratulations to all!

TFG Issues Souvenir Cards at 2019 ANA Shows

TFG Issues Souvenir Cards at 2019 ANA Shows

“Our meal was a merry one.” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN) The Numismatic Friends of Sherlock Holmes Dinner was held on Thursday, August 15 was held at the Basilico Restaurante in Northridge, Illinois during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money. Garridebs attending the dinner included: Douglas Mudd, Charles Davis, Bob Fritsch,… Continue Reading

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at Norwegian Explorers Conference

TFG Issues Souvenir Card at Norwegian Explorers Conference

“… at this conference.” – The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (MAZA) Our friends at the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota held their triennial conference this past week with the theme of “Dark Places, Wicked Companions and Strange Experiences.” Friday, August 9 also happened to be the fifth anniversary of our group’s founding. To celebrate the event,… Continue Reading

Today is our Fifth Anniversary!

Today is our Fifth Anniversary!

“… five years – when I should have had a medal the size of a soup plate.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Five years ago today, 7 gentlemen got together in Chicago during the World’s Fair of Money to discuss forming a Sherlockian coin club. Less than an hour later, everyone walked out… Continue Reading

Some 1970’s Auction Appearances of ACD Collection Coins

Some 1970’s Auction Appearances of ACD Collection Coins

“… he had put up for auction …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In late 1968 and early 1969, the New York firm of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes sold the ancient coin collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle via private transations with individual collectors and Sherlockians. Shortly afterwards, some of these coins… Continue Reading

Numismatic Items Featuring Detective Pikachu

Numismatic Items Featuring Detective Pikachu

“… a very gregarious creature.” – The Adventure of the Silver Blaze (SILV) August 6, 2019 is the day that Pokemon: Detective Pikachu becomes available for purchase or rental to the general public. This is as good a time to review a couple of numismatic related items to the furry little detective.The movie was a derivative from… Continue Reading

The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

The Bimetallic Question of Montreal’s Lapel Pin

“… a Minister needs information as to a point which involves the Navy, India, Canada, and the bi-metallic question …” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) It was in The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans  that we learned of Mycroft Holmes knowledge of the bi-metallic question. Bimetallism is the practice of a country using… Continue Reading

The 2019 Fantasy Kingdom of Great Britain 10 Pound Banknote

The 2019 Fantasy Kingdom of Great Britain 10 Pound Banknote

“No living man could tell a Prescott from a Bank of England …” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR) The fifth different “edition” of the fantasy Kingdom of Great Britain 10 pound banknotes has recently been issued. You can read about the 2015 version HERE and the 2016-2018 editions HERE. In the upper right corner… Continue Reading