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The Top 100 Cigar Smokers of the Twentieth Century

From the Print Edition:
Vince McMahon, Nov/Dec 99

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47 ADOLPHUS BUSCH The beer baron who brought America the light, refreshing pilsner beer that became Budweiser was once dining in Paris with a St. Louis restaurateur named Tony Faust. Busch was trying to teach his friend to speak French by reciting the order to him; his tablemate then repeated it to the waiter. At the end of the meal, Faust turned to Busch and asked, "Now, how do we order the best cigars in the house?" When Faust repeated the request to the waiter, he was promptly presented with the bill.  

48 MEL GIBSON Even if Gibson were not a famous movie star, his name would be well known to habitués of some of the country's better cigar-friendly establishments--Club Macanudo, Grand Havana Room, etc. His name is etched there in brass on humidor boxes for all to see. The winner of the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for Braveheart didn't mind risking his clean-cut image and rankling the Morals Police by announcing he would play a tobacco lobbyist in Thank You for Smoking.  

49 RUDOLPH GIULIANI As mayor of New York, Giuliani has focused on quality of life issues and watched crime rates plunge. The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York has a sophisticated palate for cigars, preferring full-bodied smokes from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. He came upon his predilections after having been tutored in cigars by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, maker of La Gloria Cubana. He is a frequent guest at Cigar Aficionado Big Smokes and enjoys cigars late at night.  

50 JOHN TRAVOLTA The actor who first came on the public's radar screen as Vinnie Barberino in TV's "Welcome Back, Kotter" and then skyrocketed to star stature as the disco-dancing Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever has a long-standing affection for cigars. Some of his fondest memories are of his father smoking White Owls during his childhood in New Jersey. As a film star, Travolta can afford to reward himself with less pedestrian smokes: Davidoffs, Dunhills and Montecristos are his favorites.  

51 JOHN WAYNE The Westerns icon and Oscar winner for his performance in the 1969 classic True Grit smoked large custom-made cigars.  

52 DEMI MOORE Moore is partial to small cigars, such as the Montecristo Joyita, but also enjoys a Cohiba No. 2 or a Montecristo No. 2.  

53 LOU GERSTNER IBM's smoking chairman initiated a partnership with 21 states and school districts in which students benefited from the firm's technology and technical assistance.  

54 GEORGE S. PATTON Even while leading his troops into battles that liberated Europe in the Second World War, the brilliant but volatile U.S. general traveled with a humidor full of Cubans.  

55 GEORGE HAMILTON The actor smoked his first Cuban cigar at the age of 17 on the balcony of the Hotel Nacional in Havana, prior to the revolution. He later created his own brand.  

56 DUKE OF WINDSOR The former King Edward VIII in 1936 gave up his throne, but not his Dunhills, to marry an American divorcée.  


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