Thursday, January 6, 2011
Sherlock Holmes and John Schoenherr
Dad introduced me to Sherlock Holmes when I was 11. I’d been watching the Basil Rathbone movies and drawing pictures of the character and he suggested that I read the original Conan Doyle stories so I'd know who Holmes and Watson really were. I quickly became an absolute fanatic Sherlockian and soon appropriated his sole illustration on the subject. Actually - for copyright purposes - the elderly man seen here was called “The Great Detective” in Mack Reynolds’s science fiction story, “The Adventure of the Extraterrestrial,” which appeared in Analog for July 1965. And I always thought Dad’s Watson resembled his father, though Grandpa Schoenherr never had a walrus mustache.