References in The Hollow Crown Affair by David McDaniel

by Barry & Lee Gold

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4

Dedication: To Joyce—for Faith, Support, Patience, and Courage

McDaniel's wife, Joyce McDaniel née Potter, mother of their son Thomas Otto McDaniel (born near the end of June, 1969). She took a fan name of "Lin Johnsone" after marrying Dave, but most fans knew her as "Joyce". After Dave's death, Joyce married George Jumper; after divorcing him, she used the name Jamie-Lin Jumper.

6+

Mr. Baldwin...Ward Baldwin...your wife...Robin...Bruno...the Royce

see The Dagger Affair.

7

the San Francisco satrap

i.e. the head of the San Francisco satrapy: see The Dagger Affair.

7

Joseph King

???

10

Mr. Waverly was given a six-week vacation last fall

see The Utopia Affair.

11

Brigg, your London stick-maker a reference to Brigg umbrellas and canes.

11

A.W. to W.B. 1968

Alexander Waverly to Ward Baldwin 1968

11

pay telephone

There aren't many of these nowadays; they're superseded by cell phones.

15

"And Tell Sad Stories Of the Deaths of Kings"

Shakespeare, Richard II, Act III, Scene II: Richard II says,

For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the deaths of kings."

16

Baldwin, Ward Fraser


b. January 17, 1895, San Francisco, Calif
Son of Fraser Eliot and Vera Ward

Our first glimpse of Baldwin's middle name.
Dean Dickensheet was born in Missouri, January 17, 1930. His mother's maiden name was Roush.
Dickensheet died March 19, 1983.

16

Educ. Lowell H.S. 1910

a public magnet school in San Francisco, California. The school attained its current name in 1896.

16

B.S. Univ. of Calif, 1914 (Feb.); Rhodes Scholar, 1914;.
"A Rhodes scholar at nineteen."
M.S. Oxon. (Lincoln Col.) 1918; D. S.
Trinity College (Dublin Univ.) Hon. 1935 Acad. 1936
"And twice a Doctor of Science....In Chemistry...."

There were 73 Rhodes scholars in 1914. Only 26 in 1915, after the Great War had started.

16-7

Mil. Serv. Inns of Court Volunteers; seconded to Chem. Warf. Dept., R. A.O. [Regimental Administrative Office?], Deprt. Woolwich [home of the Royal Artillery], 1916

see Wikipedia "Inns of Court Regiment": "In 1914, the Inns of Court Reserve Corps was formed, consisting of former members of the Inns of Court Rifle Volunteers"

17

Disch. (Bev. Maj.), 1919. Instructor in Chemistry, Trinity College, Dublin, 1920-21. Research Consultant.
" Baldwin left Trinity involuntarily in 1921 when he was deported for his activities with the Irish Republican Army"

McDaniel was of Irish heritage. The Irish Free State was created in 1922 as a result of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

17

"[H]e did not return to Ireland until 1935 to receive that honorary D. Sci; once there he applied for residence and academically validated the degree in one year."

The Irish Free State effectively became a republic, with an elected president, under the constitution of 1937, in which it was named "Ireland".

17

"...in the I.R.A. his code name was Asmodeus."...
"The limping devil. Appropriate."

a demon king, Zoroastrianism's "Demon of Wrath" (from Wikipedia) "Asmodeus was widely depicted as having a handsome visage, good manners and an engaging nature; however, he was portrayed as walking with a limp and one leg was either clawed or that of a rooster. He walks aided by two walking sticks in Lesage's work, and this gave rise to the English title The Devil on Two Sticks (also later translated The Limping Devil and The Lame Devil)." Baldwin walked with a cane. The Rainbow Affair alluded on page 15 to "that limping devil" which may have also been a reference to Haydn's first opera: The Limping Devil.

18

Married Irene Sarah Wrayne, Sept, 1943

Shirley Dickensheet was born October 9, 1935 and died February 8, 2008.

18

Club: University (San Francisco)

My handwritten note in this book is that the University Club is in London.

18

Commonwealth

Bohemian

see Wikipedia "Royal Commonwealth Society"

see Wikipdia: "Bohemian Club"

18

Residence: Alamo Square, San Francisco

See The Rainbow Affair

18

"He joined Thrush about 1921, then, almost a soon as he came to this country. Whether his contacts in the Irish Rifleman's Association placed him or whether he wandered into it on his own, I haven't really established...."

Napoleon seems to be confusing the Inns of Court Rifle Volunteers and the Irish Republican Army—or just finding new words for what "IRA" might stand for.

18

"He took over complete control of Thrush operations in San Francisco in 1954."

In 1954 Dean Dickensheet was a Baker Street Irregular, a member of the Trained Cormorants of Hawthorne which mounted a Sherlock Holmes Centennial Exhibit at the Los Angeles Public Library. See http://goo.gl/rvKSEb

19

Bertillon code

Alphonse Bertillon was a French criminologist who developed this anthropometric system of physical measurements of body parts, especially components of the head and face, to produce a detailed description of an individual. Law enforcement agencies began to create archives of records of known criminals, which contained his or her anthropometric measurements, as well as full-face and profile photographs.

19

King [born Koenig], Joseph... information packet

???

19

Simpson is an inspired thinker, is aware of everything, and fascinated by all of it.

Don Simpson, LASFSian

20

"And then there was the PAR....We never did anything with that after it cooked him." (see page 7: "a new concept in small arms")
"The Scrooch Gun—the thing that blew things apart."
"...Particle Accelerator Rifle"

The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show antagonists included little green men from the Moon who were armed with "scrooch guns."

20

"How in the name of John Dickson Carr....?"

a famous mystery writer

22

"It is a capital mistake to theorize with insufficient data," Waverly quoted.

A. Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet: Sherlock Holmes: "It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment."

A. Conan Doyle, "A Scandal in Bohemia," Sherlock Holmes: It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.

A. Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Second Stain," Sherlock Holmes: "It is a capital mistake to theorise in advance of the facts."

A. Conan Doyle, " The Adventure of the Speckled Band," Sherlock Holmes: "how dangerous it always is to reason from insufficient data." -

25

thirteen-cycle 'fear' tone you ran across in Russia

see The Vampire Affair [where it was a 14-cycle tone]

27

Big Bertha

a super-heavy howitzer built and used by Germany during World War I. See the Wikipedia article

28

Bouncing Betty

See Wikipedia "S-Mine"

29

Roger Wilcox

a twisted version of "Roger Wilco":
Roger—"I have received all of the last transmission"; Wilco—Will comply.

29

"Hit 'em again! Hit 'em again!"

This is part of many football cheers.

30

John

Probably John Lindsay, Mayor of New York City, January 1, 1966 to December 31, 1973.

32

color VTR

color video tape recorder (a reel-to-reel device)

33

Carol Robinson

???

35

Superghosts

see Wikipedia: Ghost (game)—Variants

35

Botticelli

see Wikipedia: Botticelli (game)

36

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May is recognized as America's oldest seaside resort. In 1878 a five-day-long fire destroyed square blocks of the town center and as part of the reconstruction efforts replacement homes were almost uniformly of Victorian gingerbread style—the second largest collection of such homes in the US after San Francisco.

39

Chandra Reynolds (page 40: husband Ed)

???

41

Terri Harris (page 42: 15 years old)

???

50

Mr. Bigglestone of our San Francisco office

Clint Bigglestone, originally an LA fan who moved to San Francisco in the late 1960s

51-2

the Automat facing Bryant Park on Sixth Avenue. (page 52: Horn & Hardarts)

This is probably the one at 1165 Sixth Avenue.

52

Irene Baldwin

see The Dagger Affair

54

"Tradition, Form and Ceremonious Duty"

Shakespeare, Richard II, Act III, Scene II: Richard II:
...throw away respect,
Tradition, form and ceremonious duty,
For you have but mistook me all this while:
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I am a king?

65

So many young men are away in the war.

The Viet Nam War.

65

Dr. Fraser's secretary...Miss Stier (see page 70: Lyn Stier) (see page 58: a secretarial graduate with a chem minor)

LASFSian Lyn Stier

66

program tapes

Back in those days, programs were stored on magnetic tapes (1/2 inch wide by 2400 feet long) rather than on floppies, let alone on DVDs or other more convenient modern storage devices. The drives that read and wrote these tapes were nearly six feet tall, almost as big as a refrigerator.

66

my Satrap Satellite

This is the first time we've heard about this.

68

Mr. Whalen

???

68

Crawford Academy [Vermont]

???

70

"Good Is Better Than Evil Because It's Nicer."

Mammy Yokum's pronouncement in Al Capp's Li'l Abner

70

Miss Potter (see page 72: Lin)

Joyce McDaniel's maiden name

72

a complex kind of war game called Super-Diplomacy

see Wikipedia: "Diplomacy (Game)": "Super-Diplomacy" was a variant devised by Dan Alderson and played at LASFS: see Barad-Dur 18, a postal Diplomacy zine published by Jack Chalker.

73

Berneckytran

Bob Bernecky was a CalTech student who joined LASFS November 19, 1964. He was a member of the CATS (Concord Associated Technical Services), led by Bob Geisenhainer, which also included CalTech students Jay Freeman, Barry Gold and Fred (Flieg) Hollander who joined LASFS at about the same time.

Berneckytran was a joke made up by the CATS members—a programming language that had a bunch of useless or counterproductive "features" without any "glue" to hold them together. The suffix -tran is an allusion to Fortran. Some of these jokes were published in the CATS' members' APA-L-zines, and that's probably where McDaniel saw them.

73

a short man with tangled blond hair and black framed glasses

a description of David McDaniel

75

fifty-cent tour of San Francisco

see The Dagger Affair

75

molto accelerando

The music gradually gets very much faster.

78

International Semaphore is useful for filling vocabulary gaps, but the body of her communication was in the traditional flirting gestures with her fan.

see Wikipedia "Flag Semaphore"
Also see http://goo.gl/b461SK

79

erlenmeyer flask

see Wikipedia

80

Redwing Lodge (ski lodge)

???

79

81

two tall blue flowers...short white puffy blossoms

"...monkshood—chock full of aconite..."

"What were the white ones? Poison ivy?"

"I think they were clover"

see Wikipedia "Aconitum" for monkshood aka blue rocket.

Poison ivy's flowers are yellowish-white or greenish-white.

82

"I know the flower symbolism...."

another old-fashioned flirtation code, (see http://goo.gl/ZKvEJf, but it's probably not the one McDaniel used)

86

"Let's Choose Executors"

Shakespeare, Richard II, Act III, Scene II, Richard II:
"Let's choose executors and talk of wills"

89

Bozo Bill

see http://goo.gl/krmYgw: "On a road trip [my wife and I] stopped in downtown Barre to test the acoustics of Bozo Bill (...aka Youth Triumphant). It's a statue commemorating local World War I dead, in the center of an approximately semicircular high-backed granite bench several tens of feet in diameter, which might suggest "whispering gallery" to you. I read about it in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #17, The Hollow Crown Affair....Sure enough, sitting on opposite ends of the bench each of us could hear the other speaking in a quiet voice yards away." Also see http://goo.gl/4yyChv

90

on that silly television show

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

91

"Watch Out For That Tree"

from the George of the Jungle theme song

92

Big Jay Peak

see Wikipedia: "Jay Peak (Vermont)" but you'll find a Jay Peak and North Jay Peak—and a town named Big Jay, but not a Big Jay Peak

99

The Mercedes A 580K, according to Irene. Paul Watson notes that the 540K and 500K models are better known https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_540K. The latter article says that there were special saloon models, which sounds more like the vehicle in the story than 2-seater roadsters like the 5xxK models.
The "300-SL" reference in Chapter 14, probably refers to the "Gullwing" 2-seater of the 1950s or its roadster version which was manufactured until 1963

97

Elma

???

97

the heat from the RF

RF = radio frequency, the frequencies most often used for communications or (sometimes) radar signals, ranging from 3kHz to 300GHz; see the Wikipedia article on "Diathermy"

98

the Mercedes

???

99

It saved both our lives in Burbank.

???

99

Those were the Twins.

It's probably just a coincidence, but McDaniel cast horoscopes, and his sun sign was Gemini.

100

"I'm a witch. Irene is too."

Several of McDaniel's female friends were into NeoPaganism.

100

Conjure Wife, by Fritz Leiber

It's about a anthropology professor who discovers that his wife—and all the other women in his world—are secretly witches.

101

monkshood means danger is near;

https://goo.gl/Ozb5Fe

101

white clover means think of me

http://goo.gl/qwlMo5

102

the Delta Sigma Chi house

Delta Sigma Chi is an American fraternal organization for Chiropracters.

102

Billy

???

105

flour grenade

There are instructions for making this on the Web (including Youtube videos), some (with firecrackers) more dangerous than others (just two cups of flour and a napkin).

107

Analine dyes [typo for Aniline dyes]

See Wikipedia "Aniline"

114

Dr. Berger...Dr. Carter

???

115

Sweetpeas mean departure

https://goo.gl/I3oCCF
It looks as if this was the book McDaniel was using.

115

The meaning of the white rose is said to be...I am worthy of you.

https://goo.gl/YbDX93

123

"And With A Little Pin...."

Shakespeare, Richard II, Act III, Scene II, Richard II: "Death
Comes at the last and with a little pin
Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!"

124

Roger

May refer to Roger Collins of Dark Shadows.

125

collinsport inn [Maine], Estab. 1765

Dark Shadows started June 27, 1966, with Barnabas Collins appearing as a vampire a year later. McDaniel watched the show faithfully.

130

Sheriff Patterson... Holman... Crawford...

???

131

Barnabas loves Josette

Dark Shadows reference

132

"Tell me, Mr. Tambo."

The Wikipedia article on "George Christy" mentions "the standardized 3-act minstrel show, with the interlocutor in the middle and 'Mr. Tambo' and 'Mr. Bones' on the ends."

134

four gasoline credit cards

Every gasoline brand had its own credit card, and there weren't many general credit cards back then. Bankamericard had started in 1958 but usage was only slowly growing (and it hadn't yet become Visa). Mastercard started in 1969 as MasterCharge..

137

campaign headquarters for an incumbent state senator

???

139

ultra-thin self-wound Patek-Philippe movement

Patek Philippe & Co. is a Swiss ultra-luxury watch manufacturer.

139

slyboots

a shifty deceptive person

140

Junior Woodchuck

Scouting organization to which Huey, Dewey, and Louie (Donald Duck's nephews) belong

147

"Ready any time you are, C. B."

The punch line for a joke. See http://goo.gl/raiqNG for a version with four cameramen which quotes the punch line as "Ready when you are, C.B.!"

153

"You Have But Mistook Me...."

Shakespeare, Richard II, Act III, Scene II, Richard II:
"You have but mistook me all this while:
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I am a king?"

154

The Masque Club on East 54th Street

One entrance to U.N.C.L.E. headquarters in New York City was through The Masque Club, a private, members-only "key club" in which the waitresses wear masks. This club takes up the first two stories of a whitestone building. On the third floor are located the offices of U.N.C.L.E.'s propaganda front, a charity fundraising organization.

154

the Fiammina

a typo for Flaminia: like the others, a Commedia dell'arte character.

155

a minor Balkan economist

???

155

Lee Lang

???

156

"Absolutely," Mr. Solo.
"Positively," Mr. K."

a reference to a Gallagher and Shean routine: see Youtube.