1st, 2011 at 7:00 PM or meet early at C.B.
Perkins at 5 PM or Five Guys at
Cobb's Corner, Canton
Miss You Ken Collins
Collins loved the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club and everyone at the
Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club that new Ken, loved him too. His wife
Mary said, he always looked forward to the first Tuesday of the
month so he could spend time with the guys and do the thing he
loved best.... smoke his pipe. A week ago we were all shocked
and saddened to hear that Ken had passed away from complications
of a medical issue. We were all aware that Ken had some medical
issues but he seemed to have them pretty well under control. After
undergoing routine cataract surgery on one eye he had a set back
that was unrelated to the surgery which put him in the hospital
and then into a rehab.
Ernie and I stopped bye to see how he was doing and the first
thing he said was, "How are the guys?" He was
a little tired but seemed comfortable and in pretty good spirits.
How's this facility?" I asked him. "Not
bad... the grub's ok," he said. Now that must come as
pretty high praise from someone who was know to be somewhat of
a chef himself. I heard someone say as they were leaving the funeral
home on Sunday.... "I'm really going to miss his cheese
cake." We spent an hour or so with him and caught him up on all
the SHPC news. He had missed a couple of recent meetings and was
itching to get back and I truly thought he would be back. But
I guess in life, you never really know. A week or so later I called
to see if he had received the print outs I sent him of a couple
of SHPC Gazettes and and a few pages of posts from his favorite
online hangout The Brothers of Briar. But he didn't answer the
phone. I decided to call his home only to receive the sad news.
Ken was the guy to talk to about pipes. He's probably smoked more
bowls of tobacco than most of our active members put together.
I asked him once how he packed his pipe, he looked at me and said
"stuff and puff," no ritual, no method, just
fill your pipe and light it. He also loved to collect and store
all kinds of tobacco. Flakes were his favorite. He had shelves
of tobacco that he had put in jars and was aging and saving for
the day when it would become illegal to sell tobacco. Hopefully
we'll never see that day.
His wake was on Sunday the 23rd. Seven of us met up at around
2:30 to pay our respects. We stayed and chatted for about an hour,
then a few of us had a memorial smoke in Ken's honor outside the
funeral home. Ken was definitely with us in spirit.
If you would like to read some additional thoughts and memories
from others who had a connection with Ken, please
The MacArthur Corncob Pipe
Douglas MacArthur, as we all know, was known for his large corncob
pipe and a magnificent military career (however flamboyant it
may have been) and, in the brilliant reorganization of Japanese
government after the war. He was always on stage from his retreat
to Australia to the return to the Philippines.
When asked what tobacco he favored he replied
"What ever is on sale at the PX". The fact is, he
much preferred cigars and smoked cigarettes as well. It has
also been said the super-sized pipe was a prop supporting his
often theatrical approach to the people and the "bigger
than life" image he preferred to put forth.
."MacArthur and Truman had become enemies
over MacArthur's disdain for Truman's attempts to tell him how
to do his job and Truman's fear of a third world war over MacArthur's
belief that the UN troops should storm through North Korea and
into China, the imagined next big enemy of the US.
It is said that during the McCarthy anti-communist
Congressional investigation into the Army, MacArthur was asked
what he smoked in his large pipe. "Whatever the hell I
put in my pipe is my own business," snarled the Commander
of the Armed Forces in the Pacific Theater. The pipe was confiscated
by the Military Police and MacArthur was detained for further
questioning and given a substitute pipe considerably smaller
than the corncob pipe.
MacArthur made allegations in his defense that
the investigation was a ploy by President Harry S. Truman to
further discredit him after his removal from command. He is
quoted as saying "I'd like to blow the son of a bitch off
The General's pipe was tested chemically to determine
what had been in it as hints at drug use were also made. The
reports indicated nothing unusual had been in the pipe.
now infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) intimated that the
capacity of the pipe (8 fluid ounces) was large enough to hold
folded blueprints of United States nuclear technology and accused
the general of the same.
No such paper work was found in the pipe at the
time of confiscation and evidence was never produced that the
General used his pipe for the purpose of espionage. McCarthy
remained firm in his suspicions.
I have been unable to substantiate the part of this story dealing
with the McCarthy Congressional Hearings. However, having watched
much of the hearings on television and observing McCarthy's
ridiculous antics and charges, I believe the story to be totally
Smoking a New Pipe .................
by Rick Frederics
What is the proper way to smoke a new pipe? I have heard that
you should first fill the pipe halfway and smoke it all the
I have heard you should fill the pipe all the way to the top
of the bowl and smoke it all the way down.
I have heard that you should add a little water to the tip of
your finger and wet the inside of the bowl before adding the
I have heard that you should add a little honey to the inside
of the bowl and then add the tobacco.
I have heard .............
You know what I think. You should enjoy the pipe and do what
feels best to you. Yes, talk to fellow pipe smokers, look online,
read about it in a pipe book – but the bottom line is
don’t do anything that will take away from your enjoyment
of your new pipe. The way to smoke a brand new pipe …
smoke it the way you feel most comfortable. If it becomes a
chore you will begin to find something to take its place. A
new pipe can become your best friend and therefore treat your
pipe with dignity and affection it deserves. In other words,
smoke it the way you will want to come back and smoke it again.
Most importantly, enjoy.
Info & Events
it was standing room only for our first pre-meeting smoke
at CB Perkins for 2011. We had the pipe guys on one side of
the circle and the cigar guys on the other side. But we managed
to get on of those guys to cross over, if only temporary,
to find out, what pipe smoking is all about. It's all about
baby steps, and believe me, this was a baby
seemed to be in very good spirits, especially Bob who wasn't
in the shop five minutes before he added a brand new "tree
man" Meerschaum Pipe to his collection.
On another positive note, we started off 2011 with the addition
of one and possibly two new members, Chuck and Reuben are
from the New Bedford area.
is the pipe smoker, he's a musician and plays the oboe, he's
also a woodworker who likes to make fine furniture and is
an avid shooter and re-loader.
is originally from Arizona and is a veteran of Desert Storm.
He is currently a cigar smoker but if he continues to hang
around with us I think we can convert him. However, he's welcome
to come and smoke cigars anytime.
I promised a short intro on our two new members
from last month so here they are:
is from Warwick, RI. He's been smoking a pipe since about
twenty years of age. He used to work as a radiation control
monitor for Electric Boat (part of General Dynamics) and is
an avid Sherlock Holmes fan.
last, but definitely not least we have Andy. Andy was raised
in Rhode Island, he is a building contractor in Boston and
loves to ride his Harley Electraglide.
were also happy to welcome back Adam who has recently returned
from a tour in Afghanistan.
We had dinner yet again at Five Guys Burgers and Cholesterol
Transfusions which is starting to get a little old (to me
anyway). I think we need to start mixing it up again guys.
The meeting was well attended and everyone had the usual good
time but we miss Joe Miller. Hope to see you next month Joe.
Month's Tobacco Raffle
Here are the final three tins left over from the Christmas
Tobacco Raffle. Maybe you'll be a lucky recipient.
Orlik Golden Sliced (50g)
A touch of Burley adds zesty new life to the flavor of flue-cured
Virginia tobacco. Tobacco cut: Traditional flake slice cut.
Butera's Royal Vintage - Dark Stoved
single, zesty lemon Virginia leaf, picked at its peak, aged
to perfection, is carefully slow-stoved under pressure until
the cakes turn to beautiful chocolate brown. Cut to flake
G.L Pease Westminister - (50g)
very essence of the Traditional English mixture: rich, elegant,
refined, and exquisitely balanced. New World red virginias
are enhanced with a gentle caress of bright leaf, then lavishly
seasoned with rich oriental tobaccos and generous measures
of noble Cypruss mountain Latakia.