Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Bo Derek, Jul/Aug 00
(continued from page 4)
Cigars, for me, are a man's pursuit. I grew up around men who worked with a cigar clamped between their teeth. When I want to relax I seek out the company of fellow male cigar smokers so I can, for a little while, drop the veneer for politically correct civilization that I am forced to wear every day. I subscribe to Cigar Aficionado partly because of its decidedly male bias. I don't care if women smoke cigars or if they don't smoke cigars. It has nothing to do with me until someone like Ms. Myers starts whining about the need to change a great publication. I say accept the situation as it is or start your own magazine.
I gave up years ago trying to win anyone over to my love of cigars. I do not seek anyone's acceptance or approval and I will not apologize for my habit. I seek outa few friends that share my interest and I would suggest that Ms. Myers do the same. So what if folks don't take her seriously; is the smoke from one of her Montecristo No. 2s any less sweet? I believe that when one is confronted on their cigar smoking in any capacity, that the appropriate response is to quote Popeye's motto, "I am what I am," spit in their eye, and light up.
Steven F. Goselin
I have been and continue to be a satisfied reader of your magazine. Each issue is read cover-to-cover at least twice. Although I cannot foresee me being in the position to purchase a custom-made suit, a pair of custom-made shoes or a private jet, I enjoy reading about them.
I perused the June 1999 issue on Cuba with great interest and I thoroughly enjoyed the "100 Greatest Cigar Smokers of the Century" in the December 1999 issue. Correct me if I am wrong, but the individuals cited were people who are recognized with cigars, qualifications for demonization notwithstanding. When you finally come up with the definitive list, you can be sure that someone won't like it.
As you can tell by my address, I am able to claim and cherish a freedom that you Americans can't: I can legally buy and smoke Cuban cigars. As a matter of fact, I am smoking one as I write. I regularly smoke the Jose L. Piedra brand that you mentioned in the "Cigar Insider" portion of the February 2000 issue. I found them before they adopted the brown-and-white band. The quality has not changed, but their availability has. I generally smoke the Cazadores size. It's about 6 inches long with a ring gauge of about 40. It generally takes an hour to smoke one. The cost is about $4.60 each. An equivalent-size Cuban Montecristo is over $25! With that kind of a difference in cost, the cute pigtail and the trademark band are not worth the price.
Marvin, you have an excellent magazine that provides useful information on its primary subject. You, in your business, must try to publish articles that may be of interest to the majority of your readers. You will always have detractors. They go with the territory. I am sure that your critics would be more upset if you were to be forbidden from publishing Cigar Aficionado than they are with a few controversial features. I am looking forward to the next issue. Keep up the good work.