Hall Of Idols # 9: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Ninth installment in a series exploring very important people in my life.

Let me start explaining how this will work: I listed 65 idols of mine. Every Friday (with the exception of those reserved for the Rock Chain posts) I’ll draw one of the names (following a system that it’s really not important to be explained here) and talk about it.

Therefore, the order in which the names will appear doesn’t necessarily shows where they rank in my preference.

As a final introductory note, this is also not a biography article. I’ll just write how I feel about people represented in it, their talent and their importance in my life.

Finally, the name of a writer was drawn from the ballot box with names. And it couldn’t be more fitting than the first one I fell in love with, Conan Doyle.

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on 22 may 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He completed his doctorate in Medicine in 1885. Up until that time Conan had written and published some short stories and a few novels, but it was with the one published in 20 November 1886 that his legend began.

The story was titled “A Study In Scarlet” and depicted a certain detective called Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Doctor John Watson. A character based on his university teacher Joseph Bell, Mr. Holmes went on to eternally capture the hearts and minds of people around the world, including and specially, me.

Actually, I first got interest in reading Sherlock Holmes stories after playing “Scotland Yard” almost every day during vacations with a friend of mine. It was only natural that the board game would lead me to read the books.

Besides “A Study In Red”(which remains my favorite), I remember loving Sherlock Holmes short-stories as well like “ The Adventure of Charles Auguste Milverton”, “A Scandal In Bohemia”, “The Adventure Of The Red Circle” and many, many more.

As a young kind with vivid imagination, those stories made my mind fly, always imaging a foggy Victorian London night, the detective walking with his typical hat and pipe in hand and obviously how would the interior of the iconic Baker Street 221B house look like?

Some years afterwards I didn’t lose any episode of a Sherlock Holmes series that was broadcasted on cable. Sherlock Holmes is consistently listed in the Guinness Book Of Records as “the most portrayed movie character” of all time . Who can’t remember the brilliant Steven Spielberg’s “Young Sherlock Holmes”, made as a tribute to the impact the works of Conan Doyle had in Steven’s life?

As a final note, Sherlock Holmes never said the classic phrase: “Elementary, my dear Watson”, in any story. However, I’ll adapt it to end this induction: “Elementary, my dear Conan, you’re very welcome to the Hall.”

Be sure to check out my book “Straight And Lethal”.

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