Vicki and I met Colin Preece and his wife, Annette, for lunch at the Belmont Hotel in Leicester England. I presented Colin with our Nashville Scholars of the Three Pipe Problem honorary membership document that Billy Fields developed. Colin is known as "Singlestick." He is a former policeman and now a psychologist. He is a long-time member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. Both he and his wife are very interesting and knowledgeable people with pleasant personalities. He is monitoring our Nashville Scholars website where he first contacted Jim Hawkins, and would like to come to the USA and attend our meeting. I told him that our membership is most welcoming and would be delighted to have him attend our meeting.
London England – Speedy’s Restaurant scene of BBC Sherlock Television Series
We met Roger Johnson and his wife, Jean Upton for lunch at Speedy’s Restaurant in London. Roger was presented with an honorary membership into our Nashville Scholars scion and he is known as Cartwright, the District Messenger. His wife, Jean Upton, was also given an honorary membership and is known as the Diogenes Club. They are the authors of “Sherlock Holmes Miscellany.” Roger and his wife were most gracious and are commended for their scholarship. As the editor of the District Messenger and the Sherlock Holmes Journal, Roger provides us with two valuable and respected resources.
Roger and Jean had a guest B.J. Rahn, who is a professor at Hunter College and also an author and conducts tours in Naples, Florida and London. After lunch we all left Speedy’s and walked to a pub, Jeremy Bentham, on University Street, where we met Gautier Cazenave, writer-director of a forthcoming film, Sherlock Holmes vs Franckenstein. He mentioned that he was searching for locations and that the film will be shot in Northwester Belgium near the border of Germany.
London England – Criterion Restaurant and Bar
We then met Ross K. Foad, producer, writer, director, and book reviewer of “No Place Like Holmes” http://www.nplh.co.uk/ a popular website. Ross is a very talented and creative individual who regularly posts video on this website. Ross was inducted as an honorary member, as the Greek Interpreter and told us that this meant more than receiving a university degree. He was truly overcome with emotion as he read the document.
Vicki and I were delighted to meet these notable persons and to present them with honorary memberships into our Nashville Scholars of the Three Pipe Problem scion. The visit was especially meaningful in that all of the persons were genuinely appreciative of the document each received and being a part of our membership. We welcome and hope to see them at one of our meetings. (Report by Dr. Marino Alvarez / Aug 1st 2012)
See our new Honorary Members Page on our website.