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Hey Guys, (and
Gals I know there is a couple of you out there)
First off let me say I am sorry for not being able to attend last
months meeting. I don’t get sick very often but, when I do
I am down for at least 3 or 4 days. It was nothing less than my
yearly bout with bronchitis. Some orange juice a “Z-Pack”
and a few bowls of aged Virginia.., I am good as new.
The pipe of the year looks awesome! I was able to see it via Facetime
as well as a proof for a club pin. I am very excited to see them
both in person. Thanks again to Tim and Nelson for putting together
all the information for these items.
Don’t forget during this meeting we will cast nominations
for our club’s officers. Offices that are up for election
are: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer as well
as other voluntary positions extremely important to the club. Someone
please take into consideration the office of Treasurer. I can’t
believe it’s been better than 3 years since the club has had
someone permanent for that job. It’s an unnecessary and quite
frankly unfair burden on Nelson. I think he does enough. I am not
going to ask again. I will step down and take the responsibility
of Treasurer and we can elect a new club President. We will hold
our annual meeting and elections of officers during our June meeting
and a meal will be provided free of charge by the club.
I didn’t have a chance to visit Fall River like I planned.
The “War Department” had some last-minute plans thrown
at me because it was school vacation week. I will be sure to visit
I am sure most of you have heard that there might be a problem in
the future in meeting at the Sportsman's Club. I have never been
one to let the power of others dictate my destiny and I like to
be pro active rather than reactive. I think it’s time we start
to explore the possibilities of securing our own place. Quick math
will tell you that at an average rent and expenses of $1200.00 a
month and an average membership of 50 people, a space like that
would cost only $24.00 a month. We already pay about $8.50 a month
on dues and pushki. So, the cost would be $16.00 more. (The cost
of a tin of tobacco) I realize these are rough numbers and it is
mostly based on a larger membership. I know with some brainstorming
we can hit these numbers. If we had a good space, we could probably
cover most of the rent by having an annual or twice-yearly pipe
show and slow smoke like Kaywoodie and some of the other clubs,
I mean really do it with style and class. Make people want to come,
make it a destination. I know we can do this! We just must think
forward. On top of that we would now have a place at our disposal
24/7 365. Maybe we rent it out once a month to a local cigar club
or smoke shop that wants to hold a cigar event and their store is
to small to have a large group. The possibilities are endless. More
reason we need a good financial person in the Treasurers’
seat. I really need everyone to put their thinking caps on. Let’s
make this our next big goal.
Each year on May 3 it is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day.
This is a day to stand out from the other 364 days of the year.
Celebrate your uniqueness and put it on display. Wear two different
colored shoes during the entirety of the meeting and get an extra
raffle ticket for a prize from my personal collection. To learn
more visit www.nationaltwodifferentcolordedshoesday.com.
See you Tuesday,
................................ by Ernie Whitenack
Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter
Carlson and Hoyle went back and sat down and just stared at Mitchell
who looked stunned and pale. He was sweating and wringing his
“I don’t know anything about murders. What are you
guys trying to do to me? I’ve been trying to keep clean
since I came to America. I hustle darts, do some plumbing and
a few favors. I’m even trying to get in the union.”
“We told you, go willingly and a lot of this will probably
be forgotten. Why don’t you get packed and we can be on
“I’m already packed,” Mitchell said. “I’d
figured things with Ryan are getting too hot and decided to get
away for a while. I’ll have to cancel my rental car.”
“Good decision, Mic. Anything else you need can be taken
care of in Boston. You will be well cared for there.”
As the car pulled away from Mitchell’s building, another,
holding Ryan’s men, took its place. The two “heavies”
came to put more physical pressure on Mitchell regarding people
interested in the pipe. Read
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By Ernie Whitenack
Sam Gawith's Squadron Leader
Leader may be the quintessential 'English' blend. This medium-bodied
mixture of golden and stoved Virginias along with earthy Turkish
and a fair dose of Latakia delivers a rich, cool and amazingly
smooth smoke perfect for anytime.
There isn’t much I can add to this description of a great
blend. I spotted it on the shelf at The Old Firehouse Smoke Shop
when we were there for IPSD and had often wondered if it stands
up to the great amount of praise given it by fellow pipe smokers.
So I bought it thinking if it does perform as praised, what a
good way to celebrate IPSD than to try a new blend and have it
turn out good. Well, it was a great celebration without any disappointments.
When first opened, the scent was magnificent. Nothing came forward
to block other smells. It was an amalgamation of all that is in
the blend that floated up and blessed my olfactory senses. I decided
to wait until I returned home to give it a try, as I had been
smoking all day and doubted I could appreciate it with a tainted
At present, my two favorite blends are Medal of Valor and Stokkebye’s
Proper English. Now, Squadron Leader falls right into that category,
but with exceptions. The amalgamation of tobacco odors holds true
in the smoke. So far no individual tobacco has come to the front,
just a great tobacco flavor that’s not overly sweet or too
smoky and very smooooth in the mouth. I would say it is a light
to medium English without the Virginia sting of some in that ilk
that I have tried. A celebration tobacco, if you will.
Leland Cronkite Jr.
(excerpted from Wikipdedia)
Leland Cronkite Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009)
was an American broadcast journalist who served as anchorman
for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–1981).
During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he
was often cited as "the most trusted man in America"
after being so named in an opinion poll.
He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings
in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam
War; the Dawson's Field hijackings; Watergate; the Iran
Hostage Crisis; and the assassinations of President John
F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr.,
and Beatles musician John Lennon.
Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase "And
that's the way it is," followed by the broadcast's
Cronkite was born on November 4, 1916, in Saint Joseph,
Missouri, the son of Helen Lena (née Fritsche) and
Dr. Walter Leland Cronkite, a dentist.
During the early part of his tenure anchoring the CBS Evening
News, Cronkite competed against NBC's anchor team of Chet
Huntley and David Brinkley, who anchored the Huntley-Brinkley
Report. For much of the 1960s, the Huntley-Brinkley Report
had more viewers than Cronkite's broadcast. A key moment
for Cronkite came during his coverage of John F. Kennedy's
assassination on November 22, 1963
Cronkite was an accomplished sailor and enjoyed sailing
coastal waters of the United States in his custom-built
48-foot Sunward "WYNTJE". Cronkite was a member
of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, with the honorary
rank of commodore. Throughout the 1950s, he was an aspiring
sports car racer, even racing in the 1959 12 Hours of Sebring.
On February 14, 1980, Cronkite announced that he intended
to retire from the CBS Evening News; at the time, CBS had
a policy of mandatory retirement by age 65.
In June 2009, Cronkite was reported to be terminally ill.
He died on July 17, 2009, at his home in New York City,
at the age of 92. [Read
more on Wikipedia]
More on Walter Cronkite
Back in November, 2015, Tom and Robin
spent a week in Switzerland. May's raffle tins feature two
of the great blends he bought while there.
Fribourg & Treyer Wingate Mixture
& Treyer Wingate Mixture is a classic English blend
with a subtle dash of perique. It is on the light side,
a great choice for those who do not like dark, heavy English
Davidoff Flake Medallions
Flake Medallions is a coin cut of finest Virginia and Perique
tobaccos with a core of black Cavendish. It is similar to
Escudo in presentation, but the Cavendish adds an extra
bit of sweetness and, in Tom's opinion, reduces its strength
when compared to Escudo.
Tom has noticed that we have a fair number
of members who prefer aromatic blends. In order to better
serve all our members, he will have at least one aromatic
tin up for grabs in the monthly raffle. If the aromatic
is not selected, it will carry over to the following month.
Any left over featured raffle tins will be added to the
group of holiday raffle tins, giving everybody a "second
chance" at them.
& 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
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