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It’s elementary, my dear

One of only 300 B.S.I.s worldwide loving life at Cedar Crest

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July 26th, 2011

What draws thousands of international experts to study the most famous fictional detective of all time? Baker Street Irregular (B.S.I.) Ted Friedman of Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J., could tell you. A member of the prestigious and mysterious international honorary society founded in 1934 by Christopher Morley, as well as several other Sherlockian societies in the U.S. and Europe, Ted has been actively studying Sherlock Holmes for nearly three decades. Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle, the Sherlock Holmes author, and Edgar Allen Poe created the prototype for all subsequent famous fictional detectives, Ted says. Countless plays, movies, TV, and radio programs have been produced of, about, and on Sherlock Holmes and his adventures. The retired marketing professor has presented lectures on Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, philately (the study of stamps), and the scholarship behind Sherlockian writings. Named for the dirty little scoundrels who appeared in the novel A Study in Scarlet as Holmes unofficial assistants, the Baker Street Irregulars have approximately 300 members who are permitted to follow their name with B.S.I. like any other degree.