Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes
“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four
According to several sources, Sherlock Holmes was born on January 6, 1854. He has endured many iterations and will, no doubt, continue to do so as times goes on. Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes.
I visited 221b Baker Street in September of 2009 and met Sherlock Holmes. The gentleman, who was sitting in Sherlock Holmes’ chair confided that he came to visit one day and received an open invitation to return because he looked like Sherlock Holmes. His presence gave an authentic ambiance. I like to think that he still visits.