Jon Burroughs has long been fascinated with the 19th century, especially the works of Charles Dickens (about whom he owns a small library) and, of course, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Jon attended his first scion meeting in the early 1980s at the invitation of his old high-school friend, Bill Barton. He joined the scion (the Illustrious Clients)?and met his wife-to-be, Ronda, at one of its summer picnic meetings. The two were married within the year and soon afterward served jointly as secretary/newsletter editor for the scion; the following year, Jon served as president (while he and Ronda pitched in together again on the newsletter after the new secretary had to bow out).
Jon’s pursued his professional goals as a middle-school English teacher for the past three decades, working Sherlock Holmes in wherever possible in literary projects for his kids. He even created a workbook that the school system published, designed to teach test-taking skills and using Sherlock Holmes as the main character (entitled “The Case of the Troubled Test Taker”). Jon often put on one-man shows for such organizations as the Indianapolis Zoo and the local Riley Home, portraying such Victorian figures as Edgar Allen Poe, James Whitcomb Riley, Charles Dickens, and, of course, Conan Doyle. He wrote two “rooms” for the progressive mystery play From Dark Pages, held at the Morris Butler House, and portrayed Poe one year and Doyle the next for the production. (He’d earlier played Watson in two short parody/plays at annual Victorian-themed scion meetings.) Jon also wrote a Watsonian pastiche that appeared in The Illustrious Clients Fourth Casebook, as well as a modern mystery party game as a scion activity.
Despite his increasingly busy schedule?which barely leaves enough time for he and his wife to enjoy together, much less engage in Sherlockian activites?Jon managed to contibute to the early planning discussions for his new scion, The Hated Rivals on the Surrey Shore, and hopes to see it pick up where the revived Illustrious Clients left off in the ’80s, as a scion for everyone with any interests in Sherlockiana and Victoriana.