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First and foremost, I would like to take this time to wish our own
Ernie Whitenack a very special 90th birthday.
To think about that in some sort of perspective Ernie was born in
1928 and the President of the United States was Calvin Coolidge,
the “Iron Lung” is developed as well as the discovery
of penicillin by Alexander Fleming. Amelia Earhart becomes first
woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and in entertainment, Shirly
Temple is born as well as the first appearance of Micky Mouse in
“Steamboat Willie”. A new Oldsmobile cost $950.00 a
new suit cost $8.95 and a cigar salesman could earn up to $175.00
a month. In 1928 a new Dunhill pipe was about 25£ that’s
about $35.00 in today’s exchange rate. It was also the year
that the retail pipe catalog to drool over, from the zenith of the
art of smoking, the famous 1928 Dunhill guide” About Smoke”
- their largest ever -dedicated to everything smokeable, including
pipes, tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, Unique lighters, and smoker´s
requisites. 1928 brought us the retirement of a great pipe man Alfred
Dunhill and the birth of another Ernie Whitenack. I tip my hat to
you my friend and wish you 90 more! Some may say Ernie is the best
thing since sliced bread, that’s probably because the automatic
bread slicer was invented in 1928.
Well it official, The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston –
Fall River Chapter has received their charter and is planning their
first meeting on Thursday
March 15th and, will there after meet regularly on every third
Thursday of the month at the Old Fire House Smoke Shop in Fall River.
I would hope to see a few of us show up to their initial meeting.
It took us about a year to get this finalized and on International
Pipe Smoking Day a few of us presented the charter to commence
meeting. I am looking forward to a great relationship with our new
charter members and hope to set up a few more around the region
in the upcoming years.
Sooooo, It’s March and I guess we need to come up with some
crafty way to have my special pipe raffle. I know what you all must
be thinking…March equals St. Patrick’s Day and that
easily equates to Peterson. Well, I hate to disappoint our shamrock
loving, green beer drinking, corned beef eating comrades. March
also brings us St. Joseph’s Day on March 19th and my daughter
Sofia’s birthday on March 20th. Funny story about my daughter’s
birth, we went into the hospital early afternoon on March 19th and
I thought for sure my daughter would be born on St. Joseph’s
Day. We had like 13 hours to get this kid out and into the world
and St. Joseph being the patron saint of Italians and my late father’s
name being Joseph I felt like all the stars were aligned in my favor.
Well, I guess my Irish lass had other plans because Sofia was not
delivered until 4:30 the next morning. So, in protest we shall celebrate
Meerschaum March! Smoke your favorite Meerschaum at the meeting
and receive an extra ticket for the “President’s Bonus
See you all Tuesday,
The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club - Fall River
A big welcome to our SHPC's first Chapter Club. The
Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston - Fall River Chapter
View their page
................................ by Ernie Whitenack
Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter
In the office of European Consolidated Imports, Ryan is thinking
about the pipe and who his competition might be. He instructs
his two enforcers to find Mitchell and ask him if anyone else
has been contacted about the pipe. They find him, a Scotch in
his hand, leaning on his usual spot at the bar on 41st Street.
The men, positioned on either side of Mitchell, squeeze in on
him and asked the question.
“Honestly, I don’t know. All I have done is find
the collectors by calling tobacco shops and give the names to
Smyth. I don’t know who Smyth has contacted, if any. I
haven’t talked about the pipe to anyone other than Mr.
Ryan. Here now, give me some room and I’ll write the names
down for you.
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By None Other Than Ernie Whitenack
Ready-cut Pipe Tobacco
Standard Tobacco Company
Scandinavian Tobacco Co, Lane Ltd.
(From the July 2017 raffle)
A robust blend of rich Burley and bold dark-fired Kentucky with
ripe, matured Virginia added for a bit of sweetness, and Perique
for a bit more spice. A pleasant top note enhances the flavor
of top quality leaf.
Robust is certainly the definitive word, to my taste, for this
blend. I can’t discern if it is the Burley or the dark-fired
that is so prevalent at first lighting. Fortunately, I found the
Virginia’s citrusy sweetness coming out about a quarter
way through. However, the Virginia did not calm down in its robustness
and I felt my tongue getting aggravated. The Perique added, as
they declared, a bit more spice. Actually, a bit more than I like.
I think the Burley and dark-fired Kentucky can do that job admirably.
For my liking, they can forget the Perique.
This blend is very reminiscent of many ordinary blends on the
market during the golden years of pipe smoking. If you would like
to take a walk in the past, try a tin.
So, with all this said, I do like this tobacco, but not the nicotine
kick that follows it, and think it could use more Virginia.
I doubt I will ever smoke this again; not that it isn’t
a quality product, but there are just other blends that I prefer.
Ernest Newton Whitenack (March 27,
1928 - Still Alive and Well) is the oldest member of the
Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston. Ernie was the only
son born to Howard and Margaret Whitenack in Springfield,
IL but also had an older half-sister. After moving to Massachusetts
at a young age, Ernie graduated from Waltham High School
but was a bit too young to serve our country in World War
II. He did serve in the Korean War repairing radios in Germany.
Ernie married Barbara in 1955 and had a daughter Betsy a
few years later. He later purchased his first home in Whitman
and had his son Eric a few years after that.
After settling into photography as a way of life, Ernie
had already opened up a studio in Brockton where he had
contracts with Ocean Spray and various other companies.
As friends with the local leaders of Heifer Project, Ernie
had the chance to travel to different countries and take
agricultural/zoological pictures for them as well. The opportunity
as a photographer in Hewlett-Packard's medical electronics
division came along in 1969, where he worked, and commuted
from his new home in Abington, for the next 10 years. We
didn't get to see him for a few days during the Blizzard
Following a number of life changes, Ernie continued in the
same profession, photographing industrial products for companies
all over the Boston area. He'd moved to Mansfield to be
in closer proximity to the major highways.
Although his father passed away in 1969, his mother stayed
with him until her passing in 1985.
After working for twenty more years or so, Ernie retired.
To avoid congestive heart failure, Ernie underwent heart
valve replacement surgery just a few years ago in Boston
in his early 80's. His recovery and following attendance
at the gym have been remarkable.
One thing that's never changed is his honesty, sense of
humor, and his ability to know a bit about everything!
If it wasn't for Enie, the SHPC Gazette might cease to exist.
Ernie has been helping to fill up the empty space in this
humble little newsletter since he first became a member
back in November of 2009. From tobacco reviews, to musings
about the golden years of pipe smoking, to some outstanding
pipe centric short stories about the good guys catching
the bad guys; you just never know what's going to come next.
If you've missed any of Ernie's writings you can find links
to them below.
90th Birthday Ernie
Musings and Stories by Ernie
of the Month
Ernie and Friends
The March raffle tins come from James
Fox, established in Dublin in 1881, and still a family-run
business. Their blends, though not well known in the United
States, are incomparable.
The Banker's Mixture
is a blend of Virginian and flavored with pure Turkish leaf.
It embodies absolutely no black tobaccos (presumably Latakia)
and is a blend which is delightfully smooth and sweet down
to the last shred.
Bankers Mixture is possibly my favorite English-style tobacco.
The incomparable aroma of this fine tobacco is due to the
superfine pure Havana leaf (or at least Havana-seed; who really
knows?) which has been skilfully added to give the flavor
of a fine Cuban cigar.
& Tobacco Around the Web
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio
episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live
on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube
(9:30 Eastern Time)
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that
aired since the last Gazette. iTunes
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )
Holmes Around the Web
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable
co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique
perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you
ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that
Shows come out twice a month. iTunes
the producers of the I
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute,
weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something
related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called
James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits?
Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to
these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast
about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes
Trifles artwork created by Tom