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In the September/October 2012
Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado's 20th Anniversary

In the October issue of Cigar Aficionado, we celebrate 20 years of being the ultimate resource for cigar lovers. It starts with Editor and Publisher Marvin R. Shanken telling the tale of how the magazine was created and continues with various in-depth features that examine the magazine's impact not only on the industry, but cigar culture. This 274-page collector's edition includes works by famed authors Gay Talese and P.J. O'Rourke, a journey back in time with some of the pioneers of the cigar industry, a gallery showing every cover of the magazine, discussions with some of the celebrities who have graced our cover, a dream interview with some of history's most famous cigar lovers and much, much more. Plus, we look at slow play on golf courses, teach you how to get VIP treatment in a hotel, and argue why the NFL's quarterback rating system is flawed. Also, subscribe to Cigar Aficionado and receive the digital edition of our premier issue FREE!

Up Front Good Life Guide 20th Anniversary
    Interview : Marvin Speaks - For the first time anywhere, Cigar Aficionado’s Editor and Publisher Marvin R. Shanken tells the whole story of how he came to create a magazine that would capture the imagination (and passion) of cigar smokers everywhere.

    History : An Idea Becomes a Phenomenon - From the inaugural issue of what was seemingly an odd-duck magazine tailored for a very specialized niche market to the explosion of cigar smoking to the unbridled excitement of the Big Smokes, Cigar Aficionado has always been a publishing anomaly…and a cultural game changer.

    The Stars : What it Meant to Them - We’ve gathered the 112 Cigar Aficionado covers to celebrate the presidents, generals, actors, athletes and legends who have been the face of the magazine.

    2nd Look : Gay Talese Reconsiders - Our first issue contained an essay by the distinguished journalist Gay Talese about his ritual of “walking my cigar” and it garnered unwarranted ire. We ask him 20 years hence how that has changed.

    Leaders : The 2012 Hall of Fame - For the first time since 1997 we reopen the doors of the Cigar Aficionado Hall of Fame, welcoming nine new members: Carlos Fuente Jr., Hendrik Kelner, Robert Levin, Benjamin Menendez, José Orlando Padrón, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, Nestor Plasencia, Manuel Quesada and José Seijas.

    Industry : The Cigar Men Look Back - We asked a coterie of elite cigar men (and some women) to look back to where their businesses were 20 years ago and to comment on how the cigar boom changed their lives.

Cigars Go Boom - How the sleepy cigar industry went from a dying craft to an enormous fad and weathered the inevitable crash.

    Ratings : An Inside Look at Scoring - In 20 years, the editors have selflessly smoked thousands of cigars, assessing them for our ratings pages. We examine the process and the numbers behind this core aspect of the magazine.

    Our Picks : The Editors Chime In - Our editors give picks in eclectic categories from favorite Big Smokes to ah-ha moments.

    Lifestyle : How the Rest of the World Changed - The good life apart from cigars has also changed in 20 years. Our contributing editors in automotives, travel, golf, technology, gambling and spirits survey the vast changes.

Features
    Golf : The Rise of the Slow Pokes - A rash of tediously slow tournament golfers is plaguing the professional game and threatening to spill over to local clubs as duffers imitate their idols.

    Travel : Catering to the A-List - Hotels won’t admit it, but most have a VIP pecking order by which they give their loyal customers the royal treatment. What should you expect when you get on an innkeeper’s good side?

    Sports : The Story Behind QB Ratings - Why does the NFL quarterback rating system consistently deny its passing legends access to the higher reaches of the ziggurat? We examine a flawed system that puts Aaron Rodgers at No.1, but has Joe Montana as an also-ran.

Cigars
    Regions : Hawaiian Cigars? - Say aloha to Les Drent, a cigarmaking pioneer who brought tobacco growing to Kauai and aims to create a smoke that’s as good as—if different than—a Nicaraguan cigar.

    Tasting : 78 Cigars - We rate 78 cigars in six sizes: Churchills, corona gordas, figurados, lonsdales, petite coronas, and robustos plus Connoisseur’s Corner, our vintage cigar tasting.

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