References in The Hollow Crown Affair by David McDaniel

compiled by Barry & Lee Gold

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Refers to


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

to Joyce McDaniel née Potter aka Lin Johnstone, mother of their son Thomas Otto McDaniel (born in 1969, on the cusp of Gemini-Cancer). After Dave's death, Joyce married George Jumper; after divorcing him, she used the name Jamie-Lin Jumper.


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

see The Dagger Affair


the San Francisco satrap

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


Joseph King



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

see The Utopia Affaor


Brigg, your London stick-maker



A.W. to W.B. 1968

Alexander Waverly to Ward Baldwin 1968


pay telephone

There aren't many of these nowadays; they're superseded by cell phones.


"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."


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 January 17, 1930. But he was born in Missouri, and his mother's maiden name was Roush.
Dickensheet died March 19, 1983.


Educ. Lowell H.S. 1910

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


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.


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/"


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.


"[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".


" 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.


Married Irene Sarah Wrayne, Sept, 1943

Shirley Dickensheet was born October 9, 1935 and died February 8, 2008. They were already married by 1956.


Club: University (San Francisco)

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




see Wikipedia "Royal Commonwealth Society"

see Wikipdia: "Bohemian Club"


Residence: Alamo Square, San Francisco

See The Rainbow Affair


"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.


"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


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.


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



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

Don Simpson, LASFSian


"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."


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

a famous mystery writer


"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." -


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

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


Big Bertha

a heavy howitzer built and used by Germany during World War I or another unusually large example of a class of object;


Bouncing Betty

See Wikipedia "S-Mine"


Roger Wilcox

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


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

This is part of many football cheers.



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


color VTR

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


Carol Robinson




see Wikipedia: Ghost (game) — Variants



see Wikipedia: Botticelli (game)


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.


Chandra Reynolds (page 40: husband Ed)



Terri Harris (page 42: 15 years old)



Mr. Bigglestone of our San Francisco office

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


August became September....Summer faded slowly, and the first hints of autumn began to show in New York City.

Dates! Yay!


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

This is probably the one at 1165 Sixth Avenue.


Irene Baldwin

see The Dagger Affair


"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?


So many young men are away in the war.

The Viet Nam War.


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

LASFSian Lyn Stier


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 full refrigerator-sized (six feet tall).


my Satrap Satellite

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


Mr. Whalen



Crawford Academy [Vermont]



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

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


Miss Potter (see page 72: Lin)

Joyce McDaniel's maiden name


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



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.


a short man with tangled blond hair and black framed glasses

a description of David McDaniel


fifty-cent tour of San Francisco

see The Dagger Affair


molto accelerando

The music gradually gets very much faster.


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


erlenmeyer flask

see Wikipedia


Redwing Lodge (ski lodge)




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.


"I know the flower symbolism...."

another old-fashioned flirtation code, (see, but it's probably not the one McDaniel used)


"Let's Choose Executors"

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


Bozo Bill

see "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


on that silly television show

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


"Watch Out For That Tree"

from the George of the Jungle theme song


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





the heat from the RF

RF = radio frequency; see the Wikipedia article on "Diathermy"


the Mercedes



It saved both our lives in Burbank.



Those were the Twins.

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


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

A number of McDaniel's female friends were into NeoPaganism.


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.


monkshood means danger is near;


white clover means think of me


the Delta Sigma Chi house

Delta Sigma Chi is an American fraternal organization for professionals in the area of Chiropractic.





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).


Analine dyes [typo for Aniline dyes]

See Wikipedia "Aniline"


Dr. Berger...Dr. Carter



Sweetpeas mean departure
It looks as if this was the book McDaniel was using.


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


"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!"





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. See


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



Barnabas loves Josette

Dark Shadows reference


"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."


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..


campaign headquarters for an incumbent state senator



ultra-thin self-wound Patek-Philippe movement

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



a shifty deceptive person


Junior Woodchuck

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


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

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


"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?"


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.


the Fiammina

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


a minor Balkan economist



Lee Lang



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

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