Peter E. Blau (Black Peter, 1959) found the world of Sherlockians as a teenager, thanks to Ben Abramson, who wrote “I publish a magazine you will enjoy reading. Tell your father to send me $10.00.” The magazine was The Baker Street Journal, and it offered a wonderful introduction to people who enjoyed playing a game that was as fascinating then as it is now. He received his Investiture (“Black Peter”) in The Baker Street Irregulars in 1959, went on to become an early informal member of The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes (barred at the time from attending their annual dinner), and a member of many other Sherlockian societies. He sometimes claims that everything he knows about being a Sherlockian and a collector he learned from John Bennett Shaw, and is happy to be the “Simpson” (secretary) of the BSI, as was John before him. He has edited and published an informal newsletter Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press since the early 1970s, and has been published widely in other Sherlockian journals. His career as a geologist and a journalist has allowed him to travel widely and meet a host of interesting and entertaining Sherlockians, and to indulge in his favorite pastime: telling stories, some of which you can listen to in his oral history.
He received the Two-Shilling award in 1980. Peter is one of America’s great storytellers, raconteurs, Sherlockians, and collectors. His interview is filled with other Sherlockians, Sherlockian historical insight, amazing acquisitions, and great fun.
Peter Blau received his Investiture at this BSI Dinner.
Peter Blau’s monthly newsletter for Sherlockians
A BSI Manuscript Series book edited by Peter E. Blau.
The Scion Society in which Peter Blau holds no office.