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Out of the Humidor

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From the Print Edition:
Paul Giamatti, January/February 2011

Dear Marvin,

I have been a huge fan of your magazine since it came out.  I look forward to each new release and I’d like to offer a little of my background. I was happily married for 20 years to my high school girlfriend. We raised two beautiful and successful children and looked forward to a bright future. Unfortunately, two weeks after our 20th anniversary, my wife was killed in a car accident. Aside from the heartbreak and devastation, I felt like I was fortunate enough to have such a perfect relationship with my wife that I was destined to be a single man the rest of my life. And, I was happy with that. Well, out of the blue, about one year later a past employee called to ask if I would meet and interview a colleague to see if I could help her change jobs. I met this woman with the intent to interview and network for future business connections. She was very impressive and we hit if off professionally (at first). Long story short, we fell in love. She also became very interested in my habits, one of which is cigars. She actually smokes most brands that I like, even some of the stronger varieties. Our wedding took place in Positano, Italy, where we both smoked Cohibas.

I truly look forward to many more happy times (and more magazines) to come.

John A. Durkee
West Chester, Pennsylvania

Dear Marvin,

Each month I select a favorite old issue of your great magazine to put out on my personal bar for my friends to enjoy with a cigar and the adult beverage of their choice. They always comment on the quality and content of it.

For November I just happened to pick the February ’08 issue with the Blues Brothers on the cover. I had to laugh when I received the December ’10 issue in the mail and low and behold here was ‘lil brother Jim Belushi on the cover! What are the odds? My question is this; have brothers ever graced the cover before? I can’t recall any. Thanks for a great publication.

Jim Edwards
Bedford, Indiana

Editor’s Note: Actually, that’s Jim on the Feb. ’08 cover in his Blues Brothers outfit. So he’s in very rarefied territory—a two-time cover boy.

Dear Marvin,


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