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New York Pipe Show - March 13th, 2004
It looks like a pretty good group of us will be heading up to the New York Pipe Show this March. If you're interested in going or looking to hitch a ride with someone try to make it to this month's meeting and secure your plans. Don't forget to book your hotel reservations early.
I've heard his name mentioned often. I've listened to many a tale about him. I know he was the reason for the existence of our club, but I had never seen the man. I even asked once if he was still alive. Who is this Allan Rosenfield anyway and why would a man interested enough in pipes to start a club, stop coming to meetings unless he was dead or at least on death's doorstep? Steve Gutz had open heart surgery and only missed 2 meetings so he must be dead, that's the only plausible explanation. Well in January of 2004 I got my answer. Allan Rosenfield is not dead and proved it to us with an unexpected visit to the January club meeting.
After hearing numerous stories about Allan's more active pipe smoking days I felt I already had a fairly clear image of him in my mind, however at first site he didn't look anything like the picture I had painted. It wasn't until later on in the evening that the Allan Rosenfield in my mind started to take shape as I and others watched in total astonishment as he managed to charm a sandblasted Stanwell Spigot from the grips of one members teeth into the grips of his own, and for a price we wish we could pay for all of our pipes.
Well anyway, the evening wound to a close as it usually does with a full belly, a feeling of contentment and handful of new stories, some to contemplate on the ride home and some for years to come. Before I left I shook Allan's hand and told him I was glad to finally have met the founder of our club.
After the January meeting I received a call from Allan telling me that he was happy to see that the club was still going strong and was interested in attending future meetings. I asked him why he stopped going to the meetings in the first place. He explained that in 1995 he had a heart attack and that his strength and health were not what they were before. His doctor also told him that he should give up smoking which he did and then sold most of his pipes. However, in recent years he has been exercising and now feels healthier and stronger than he has in a long while. He has taken up the pipe again and feels great about it. Which only goes to show, "You can take the man out of the smoke but you can't take the smoke out of the man." He has also asked me to let everyone know that he is very interested in buying some pre-smoked Peterson's. So if you have any that you're interested in selling bring them to the next meeting.
After I got off the phone I couldn't help but think that if it wasn't for Allan Rosenfield, the second Wednesday of the month would be just like any other day. I'd get up and go to work with nothing to look forward to. Head home after a long day and eat dinner like I always do, then spend the evening in front of the tv or computer smoking a pipe that for some reason is missing something....but what is it? I know what it is. It's the camaraderie! It's that subtle competition! It's even the Pulled Pork!
I know there are other things that are important in life but I sometimes live for the second Wednesday of every month and for that Allan, I thank you.
How It All Began
I had always been interested to know exactly how the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club got started so when Allan called me at home recently I asked him about it. He told me that he still had a copy of the very first newsletter for what was then known as the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club, Ltd. USA. On the first page of the newsletter he wrote a brief explanation of how the club came about.
It went like this:
Oh yeh, How did it get started?
The Sherlock Holmes silhouette above was on the newsletter and our very
first logo. Allan has made a number of copies of Volume 1 of the Sherlock
Holmes Pipe Club, Ltd. newsletter for those of you who may be interested.
He will make them available at the February meeting and asks only to recover
the cost of having them copied.
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