YouTube is kind of like the Klondike River of the late 19th century. Lots of noise about it and plenty of people flocking there hoping to make it rich. For the most part though, what you find is fool’s gold (or maybe just fools). But for all the silly videos posted on YouTube, every now and then there’s a nugget of genuine gold – and the thrill of finding it makes panning through pages of junk worth it.
This video is gold. It’s a rare 1927 video interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author or the Sherlock Holmes mysteries among other works. In it he talks about his inspiration for Sherlock and his study of the spirit life – including his belief that it is possible to communicate with the dead.