Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Air Sick, Jul/Aug 02
I was overwhelmed that Lt. Mark DeFazio of the NYPD would take the time to write to Cigar Aficionado with regard to my small contribution to the volunteer effort at Ground Zero. Further, I would like to express my gratitude to you for printing his letter. That being said, I would like to make some additions and adjustments to Lt. DeFazio's description of me and my involvement at Ground Zero.
The most important change is that of the role played by my cousin, Dr. Joe Johnson, described as a "friend" in the good lieutenant's letter. Joe was the moving force in my even getting to Ground Zero. He arranged for the Nassau County boat to pick us up and deliver us to the site. As a chiropractor and New Jersey PBA physician, he wanted to give aid and comfort to the men and women struggling to find their brothers and sisters who had given their lives at Ground Zero. I went with him to help carry some of his equipment in the furtherance of his goal. He is a "cigar aficionado" in the truest sense and it was his offer of his personal cigars to relief workers that generated the idea to come back regularly to distribute cigars to those doing such great and noble work. None of the volunteers at Ground Zero went to the site for recognition, but if anyone deserves an accolade, it is Joe Johnson.
There's also a correction: while I appreciate the promotion, I am a former member of the Alpine, New Jersey, Police Committee, not the police commissioner.
Again, many thanks to Mark DeFazio and to you.
Alpine, New Jersey