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Out of the Humidor

CA Readers
From the Print Edition:
Fidel Castro, Summer 94

Dear Marvin:

I wish to thank you and your wonderful publication for bringing my father and me closer together. How, you ask? Please let me explain.

I have been a closet cigar lover since high school. I say closet because my father is a vehement anti-smoker. The kind of antismoker many of your readers tell horror stories about. My mother always knew, and it was kind of a blackmail issue between us (I say this in jest).

After graduating from college, I agreed to become a self-employed manufacturer's representative for the same two clothing companies my father represents. I married soon afterward, and began enjoying my Arturo Fuente at home. This finally let the cat out of the bag, and I got an earful from my father. He gradually accepted my vice as long as he was nowhere close. This line of work requires the attendance of three weeklong conventions per year. Lately, they have been in Las Vegas, which is close enough for us to drive.

As we were leaving on our last trip, the mailman arrived with a new issue of Cigar Aficionado. I brought it along with a previous issue, much to the chagrin of my father. It was my turn to drive and I urged him to read the magazine, not so much for the cigar information, but for the other interesting articles. He did! Not only did he read it cover to cover, but he pestered me the whole way with questions. Have you smoked this brand, or this size; how does that one taste, was it really a 91? Have you had a Cuban yet, are they really better? And on and on and on. He read the other issue on the way home.

Two weeks later, it was his 50th birthday, and my wife and I invited them over for dinner. Afterward, I poured my father his favorite Irish whiskey and offered him one of my favorite Arturo Fuentes. He declined and told me I was crazy for even offering. But after prompting from my mother and the curiosity deposited by your publication, he lit up. He smoked the entire cigar!

So you see, Cigar Aficionado has converted a foe to a friend. He has since smoked two others and constantly bugs me about Cubans. Thank you for not only bringing my father and me closer, but for a truly excellent magazine.

Geoff M. Stiles
Anaheim Hills, California

Editor's Response: Aren't dads great! If all he does is smoke one cigar each year on his birthday, it will be a beautiful bonding experience. I hope the tradition continues.

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