In my previous blog, I credited the Baker Street Babes with being the operators of 221B Con. It has since been brought to my attention that this information is incorrect. 221B Con is actually run by a five person board: Taylor Blumenberg, Cathy Dodds, Heather Holloway, Crystal Noll, and Liz Arnold. I sincerely apologize for my error. Since the Con was so much fun---and trust me, it was well-organized and ran very efficiently, something I am NOT accustomed to with academic meetings!---I want these fine young women to get proper credit for their work. I hope they will host another 221B Con next year, and that it will have even more attendees.
The Baker Street Babes were a strong presence at the Con, and I hope they will continue to receive enthusiastic support from the Sherlockian community.
As for my other comment, I was not in any way referring any particular article or dust-up, but more the random chatter that I have heard and private debates I have been involved with. As someone who works with young people, it is very important to me that our Sherlockian world always be open and inviting to them. I remember being frightened about the first time I attended a scion meeting, worried that I would not pass a potential test. Fortunately, the Survivors of the Gloria Scott proved to be wonderful folk who have become a significant part of my life. This is the pleasant and supportive experience I would wish for all potential Sherlockians.
Whew! Hope that clears everything up.