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Dear Mike, Thank you so much for your book. I checked out your web site, very good. Did you make it up? How did you do all that? Hope to talk to you soon,
 Lori Crusham

referring to the Sherlock Holmes SIG --
Is this SIG still alive and well?

  Hello Michael,
I am interested in joining your SIG.  Do you have any information to provide?  Tell me more!

Jeff Orzechowski

Very interesting web site.  Most unusual.  I don't think that have never known a religious Mensa member before.  
    Years ago I was involved in several social affairs during which my department at a local university was trying to recruit new faculty.  When discussing our city with the new "recruits," I found myself saying on about four separate occasions, "Well, the weather we are having now is unusual."  I finally decided that we have no usual weather here.  In a like fashion, I would presume that Mensa had no usual members (I guess that would be true by definition, wouldn't it?).  I  know one Mensa member who was born Jewish, became Catholic and is now an avowed atheist!
Joel Senter

Hey, Mike! This is my first time visiting your website, and it's great!! I''m quite impressed. I looked at the Works in Progress section and was wowed by the amount of things to come. Keep up the good work!
Liz Egan

      Your site is interesting though, as yet, somewhat confusing. I did check out your alternative calendar - trying to figure out duodecembers might lead to duodenual ulcers.
     My college age daughter recently told me about the ghost inhabiting her new house. Well, the house is new to her and her roommates. It's actually about 15 years old, not at all spooky and hardly seems like a house or a neighborhood to support a ghost. The ghost mainly made its presence known by tapping on windows and opening and closing doors, and by repeatedly trying to open a closet door blocked by furniture. It didn't seem threatening or scary. One evening she was trying to study and it was making noise so she told it to leave. A few minutes later she heard her roommate down the hall yell "Get out of here!" and a few minutes later the third roommate told it to leave his room. It then came back into her room and she told it "If you're going to stay in here you have to be quiet". And it did be quiet. She found out that the neighbors already knew about the ghost because sometimes their dogs would go crazy barking at nothing. Hey, this is in Lubbock, Texas, the buckle on the Bible belt.
     My daughter and I had never discussed ghosts before. I didn't believe in them (I was a hard science type and an Army officer) until I moved in with her mother long before daughter was even thought about. She had a poltergeist who turned lights and radios off and on, moved things around (never anything in our presence but sometimes in our sleep. Never a sense of a physical presence. We moved two or three times and each time we moved it would take a few weeks to find us. Then it would start again. Finally we moved half way across the country and it never showed up again.
    Don't know if this fits your class of Fortean mysteries or not.
Dr. Ed Rowland
El Paso, TX.

    I am a new Mensa member and I would like to receive information or be
directed to a web site regarding Mythopoeic.  Thank you.
Michael Yancey

       I am a fan of Lewis, MacDonald and Tolkien.  I also enjoy Chesterton's fiction very much. I would really like to start reading and discussing some of Charles Williams' fiction and finding fans of Mr. Williams isn't easy.
Sean Williams (a fellow inklings fan)


I am interested in the André Joyce Fan Club and wonder if there any published writings. Since about 1984 or 5 when I lived in Paris, I have been working on Alfred Jarry''s influence on James Joyce. The paper is called "James Joyce''s Pear: Alfred Jarry." Pear because Ubu''s shape-shaped, Pear is embedded in the word ShakesPEARe and is phonetically identical to the French word for father, père.  Did you know that Jarry was born on September 8, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Jarry died when he was 34 years old. In his
novel Ulysses James Joyce gave Molly Bloom, unfaithful wife of Leopold Bloom,  September 8 as a birthday.  Molly is also 34 years old in Ulysses.

I am fascinated to read your newsletters and discover new Charles Fort mysteries.

Yes, of course, I have been on the Andre Joyce - Pataphysical site many times. The reason why I first wrote to you is that you are connected with Fortean anomalies and with adoring the Virgin Mary.  

Alfred Jarry was born on September 8, 1873 which celebrates the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  When Jarry died on All Saints' Day, November 1, 1907, he was thirty-four years old. Jarry, a Briton, died at the Hopital de la Charite in Paris and was buried in the Bagneau cemetary. Jarry's tombstone cannot be
located though apparently some 50 people attended his funeral. Appolinaire  describes the funeral in terms of a wake,  "People were singing, drinking, eating cold meats: a colorful scene which might have been imagined by the very man himself whom we had just buried."  

James Joyce, an Irishman, gave Molly Bloom, the unfaithful wife of Leopold  Bloom in Ulysses, the same day of birth, September 8, 1870, which celebrates Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Given Joyce's
novel takes place on June 16, 1904, and doing the math, Molly Bloom is also thirty-four years old.  We can guess that Molly died and was buried in Dublin; but Joyce himself  died on 13 January, 1941 and was buried at the Fluntern cemetery in Zurich,  Switzerland near the zoological gardens.  Nora Barnacle liked to
speculate that Joyce listened to the lions roar.  

Both Jarry and Joyce was fascinated by coincidences.  Both Joyce and Jarry were good at languages, both drank a lot and were of Celtic origin.

I like your "Wizard's Coat's" story.  As you say everything is somehow connected, perhaps linked in sort of a spider web fashion. Surely if people realized that they were closer to each other than usually realized, war might become a thing of the past.

Are you familiar with Robert Anton Wilson's book, Coincidance, -- a book about coincidences and James Joyce.  Sometime in the late 1970s I was living in Paris and became involved with a group of pataphysicians.  At that time I had just interviewed Robert Anton Wilson who at that time was living in Dublin, Ireland.  One night I discovered the phrase "jarry queer fish" in Joyce's Finnegans Wake.  It caused me to wonder how much Alfred Jarry had influenced James Joyce.  

It promped me to write to Rolland McHugh, the editor of the Annotations to Finnegans Wake, who replied saying that the reference to Jarry I had come across was the only reference; McHugh was doubtful Jarry had had any real influenced on Joyce's writings.  I disagreed. Now on my desk some twenty years later
sits a 80 to 100 page manuscript concerning definite a Jarry-Joyce connection.  It needs revision and also somebody willing to publish it.  That's going to happen, I'm sure.   

Best wishes and thanks for your email.


John van der Does

Hi Michael,
My name is Vaughan Machado and I am new to the Mensa community. I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and would love to hear about what it is you guys do in the Holmesian studies group. One of the main reasons I took the Mensa test was to get involved in this particular SIG :) Hope to hear from you soon!
Vaughan Machado

Mr. Halm:
A back issue of Fortean Mysteries would be fine until you publish some new ones.  By the way, could you send me a list of the topics covered in back issues.  I may want to order some of them.

Michael P. Duricy, MA, STL

I am a fan of Tolkien but have also enjoyed C.S. Lewis - I saw your SIG listed and thought it sounded very interesting - and was previously unfamiliar with the term Inklings.  I am interested in folklore and myth and how they are incorporated into fiction. I am unfamiliar with Williams, any recommended readings.
Scott Noel

Sir Peter of Blau subscribes to everything Sherlockian. All scions and pastiches. His index must look like the Saint Louis Public Library (Main Branch)!! Since he has been at this since either the 50s or 60s! If I had that many books my wife would call the index a fire hazzard!. Bad enough I have just over 5,000 books. I wrote two Holmes stories maybe I will send you one that takes place in 1918.   
    I did nearly all the work in the scion especially the newsletters. Burn out. Started a club for Shortwave Radio Listeners, and did that for four years. Other people did some of the articles so I did not work myself to exhaustion. I have always used Percy "Tadpole" Phelps as nom in Sherlockian groups. I was also First sea Lord in my scion "The Naval Treaty." We used the British Naval Ranks. Each quiz you passed -- a promotion. Each presentation -- a promotion. And so forth. Do we have non Mensans in the group??? Say Peter Blau of Washington, D.C. I know he subscribes to everything Sherlockian, and I ponder if he is, indeed, a Mensan?
"Tadpole" Phelps

Thanks for responding!!
I found a great number of BSI groups listed on the internet, probably something like 250 of them world wide. I captured a couple of interesting (to me, anyway) links, which I'll attach to this email for you as the word doc I saved as I trolled the net. The hard copy letter and money for your SIG's newsletter will be in today's mail.
Hope you're having a great week; we've got 12 inches of snow on the ground, and 5 - 7 more predicted by tonight. The dogs are not leaving footprints, but they are leaving belly tracks!!
Thanks again,
Dorothy Ramsey
(my friend has dubbed me Irene, he's Mycroft)

Dear Mike,
my wife and I just joined Mensa, and we'd love to know more about joining the Holmesian SIG. Could you tell us more?
Thanks in advance,
best regards,
Phillip Minden

as a Star Trek fan and a linguist amateur, I was bound to visit your site. Before I go with my questions, I shall give you some comments.
Your site (Hierogamous) seems a lot strange to me. It reveres the Holy Family on its home page, but covers subjects I would find totally unconnected with Christianity, not to mention faith in the large sense. Yet, the holy union of two beings, the IDIC, all that seems to make sense. But I'm afraid I simply did not understand what you were up to. :-)
I am still puzzled with seeing a vulcan-eared guy on your site, too. I mean, OK, I have bought that "IDIC is related to Hierogamy" thing, but that man chose a picture where he's (chirurgically?) altered to pass as a Vulcan, as they say on the show... And then again, even the "IDIC Institute" seem to go beyond the scope of Trek fandom...
And finally, I have a hard time getting Vulcans and faith together. Alright, I know, Vulcans ARE mystics. But first of all, they're LOGIC. Faith is not. I use to say, Trinity is no human invention, because who would be crazy enough to come up with such a concept? Three Persons in one Being? Who would buy this? So it is unreasonable to think that concept has a human origin. Therefore, it's of divine origin, then true. It seems somewhat logic, but not the Vulcan kind of logic...
Well, as you see, even if i missed the point about the site at large, i did look closely on some pages!
Well, i apologize for the length of it all, and thank you for reading,
Best regards,
Frederic Rousseaux

*Now you understand why that e-mail seemed to be written in a peculiar English dialect...

at backflip was posted the comment about the googology page:: "This is ... great. It must be seen to be believed, and even then you won't."

Hello Michael,
Your genealogy page made for interesting reading. I administer the O'Driscoll DNA Project. As such I have been researching "the O'Driscoll" in attempt to find some who mary carry the "gene".

Rickard O Donovan, writing at the time of the Famine, referred to many members of the clan then striving to keep alive in the workhouses of Skibbereen and Schull. He mentioned one William O Driscoll then 84 and
living in England who claimed the title of 'O Driscoll' as a descendant of Col. Cornelius. Since his only son was unmarried, however, this branch appeared likely to become extinct, and the title would then devolve on cousins in Charleston, U.S.A

The sentence above from your webpage caught my eye in the context of the following:
Dennis O'Driscoll, son of the immigrant Doctor Mathew O'Driscoll,, was killed in a duel on 17 August 1817 in Charleston, South Carolina.

It would appear that the South Carolina line is extinct. The BIG question then is what became of Michael born to Denis O'Driscoll in 1764? Can you say what is the source of your 1764 statement?
Colin Ferguson

The Mc Kenzies' Myers' lines are on my Mother's side and the Parmele side is my husband's. I want to see if I can find information on William Austin Myer and his family. He is a brother to my Greatgrandfather Samuel Isaiah Myer.

 I also use Family Tree maker so the information could be exchanged. It looks like you already have some of my information. What you say about William Austin Myer is exactly what my mother and myself have written.

Thank You for answering my e-mail
Marianne Dixon Parmele

Hi, this is my family been working on it for awhile now. I was ust wondering if you have any new information to share. I ordered Fred Wilcox cemetery records to see where he is buried. I want to order Fred Wilcox and Nora children obit but first I have to get death dates. Do you already Have obits on them if so may I please have a copy of them by e-mail? I do have a picture of Fred Wilcox and Nora to share with you if you want it.
Thanks for any help on this I am

Crystal maiden name Wilcox from Hudson, Mi


I noticed that you are researching the Monahan family. My name is Judy Erskine nee Monahan. My parents were William Monahan and Barbara Schmitt and my grandparents were Leonard Monahan and Mae T Garlitz. What is your connection to the family? I would love to share what info that I have with you and maybe you could do the same with me. Anyway, I would love to hear from you.

Judy Monahan Erskine

We're both descended from John McKenzie, Jr., son of John Sr., son of Colin the 4th laird of Redcastle (and so 10,000 other ancestors I've collected). I'm from his son, Moses and Nancy Jane Porter McKenzie, and you're from his son Gabriel and Sarah Durban McKenzie.
Then it's
Samuel and Rachel Durban McKenzie,
John M. and Barbara Engel McKenzie,
Jeremiah James and Elizabeth Hutzell McKenzie,
Enoch Ambrose and Agnes McKenzie Garlitz,
Leonard and Mae Theresa Garlitz Monahan,
William and Barbara Schmitt Mohahan,
Judith Monahan Erskine.
For me it's
John and Nancy Ann McKenzie Porter,
Samuel and Jane Anderson Porter,
John Samuel and Hannah Combs Porter,
John Meyer Lawrence and Emily Dumire Porter,
Jerome and Anzonetta Porter Amberson,
James and Gola Amberson Driscoll,
Joseph and Lucille Driscoll Halm,
Michael Halm.
That makes us seventh cousins once removed.

My ancestor is James Porter who was a brother to your John M. "Bob" Porter.

Moses Porter father of "Bob" Porter and James Porter plus other siblings was the son of John Porter and Nancy Ann McKenzie. Moses was born in 1781 and died in Nov. 1861.
I did not know who Moses was married to previous to Rachel Newmire, but I did suspect he had been married more than once. Could you tell me about Rebecca Short? I have the book "A Genealogy of the Porter Family" written by Samuel Doak Porter. It is a good starting point, but here are errors.

Your John M. "Bob" Porter was born July 4, 1812 and died Dec. 7, 1884. He married twice. I have quite a bit more information and would love to share information, but I am not good at sending attachments. If you are interested, I could print out the information and snail mail it to you

Please contact me if interested.
Phyllis Rosley
Baltimore, MD

Good Sir!

I discovered, via google, that you are the founder(?) of the now-defunct SCA Shire Glenngliondrach.

I am a recent member of the SCA, in the Shire Korsvag, which came into being after Glenngliondrach was disbanded.

I am also trying to put together a history of our Shire, but I am having a hard time doing so, as there seems to have been an almost complete turn over in membership between the days of Glenngliondrach and the formation of Korsvag.

Additionally, everyone who knows anything about the 'olden days' of the shire seems to hold it in contempt.

I can't believe this attitude is being fairminded, since NONE of them were there.

Thus, I am hoping you will be willing to enter into a correspondence to lay out a more or less offical account fo the earliest days of Korsvag.

I understand if you are too busy, or if this is ancient history you'd rather leave behind, but I beg of you to aid my endeavor.

My thanks,
Deykin ap Gwion


I noticed that you've ventured into Wold-Newtonry.

You should be aware that there is not one consistent body of Wold-Newtonry (as I believe there is for the Sherlockian Game, or at least for Sherlockians it's more of a unified body), though there is a "consensus" WNU with which many players agree.

You might want to pick up Myths for the Modern Age and also read my essay on Wold-Newtonry and parascholarhsip (in the book, but a longer version is at:

Incidentally, could you credit Dennis Power and Jess Nevins for the discoveries you cite? The way you phrase it (and I know you don't mean it this way because you do credit Brad Mengel), it almost seems like you're taking credit for these discoveries instead of just acknowledging some information that you came across. Not a big deal, but Dennis and Jess are friends of mine (and I write articles with Dennis as well), and I'd like to see them credited for their work. I know that you didn't mean any offense, and none is taken by them, it's just that it's fairly common for people to post bits from WN articles without attribution (I also work as a writing specialist for a living and deal with citation and attribution issues every day with students, so it's something I'm professionally aware of and interested in).

Pete Coogan

[Thanks for writing, Pete.
You might be surprized how disunified Holmesian Studies is. I do believe that anyone who loses the sense of fun in all this is missing the whole point. I try not to get too serious, making my entries into The Norbury Chronicle short and sweet. Dennis Powers' Wold Newton family trees were my major source for issue 32 and both were referred to. He in turn cites Jess Nevins' "The Lethal Luthers". It was interesting reading, but so were hundreds of other articles on the Wold Newton site.

The loss of my extensive notes during the sleepless nights after discovering the WNU site was the greatest loss in my recent computer crash.  I guess it pays to back-up the back-up. I can't do a better job of citation -- or theory testing -- until I am able to reconstruct it.

Until then,
Keep up thre good work,