Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
J.P. Morgan, Mar/Apr 00
I can't believe that some of your readers are so incensed at your magazine's decision to run an article on Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation. So what! I'm not an avid supporter of pro wrestling, but it's only entertainment, people! Mr. David Tarr's letter in the February 2000 issue irritated me more than most. To say that Cigar Aficionado was "dumbing down" or "pandering to the lowest common denominator of our society" is an insult to some of us who like to stray to the crazy side of life now and again. Now, I only had a 3.75 GPA in college, like to smoke Cohibas, and work hard for a living, so certainly I wouldn't dare have a little fun and watch pro wrestling.
I, for one, applaud Cigar Aficionado's walk on the wild side every once in a while. Cigar smoking has finally reached a point where it's acceptable for the "common man" to enjoy them, and it's thinking like Mr. Tarr's that has put a "high society" stigma on cigar smoking for such a long time. Cigar smoking should cause you to sit back and reflect on life's little pleasures, which may include the occasional wrestling match. Why not? If the "lowest common denominator" includes those willing to pay $30 to $50 per ticket to watch a billion-dollar-a-year business, then I'm willing to be common. As long as I can keep my Cohibas!
If you want to put a professional bass fisherman on the cover next month, I'll still keep my subscription.
Jerry L. Burch
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I never would have imagined people writing such negative comments about your issue featuring the WWF and Vince McMahon. I think that your magazine and your events try to include people from all walks of life. While I feel that your subscribers are basically the wealthy and culturally elite, these people need to remember that cigar smokers come from all levels of society. The WWF may be viewed by some as morally objectionable, but remember, take the show for what it is: entertainment. Those who do not want to watch have the freedom to change the channel.
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