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Out of the Humidor

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

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Dear Marvin:

You're right on the mark in saying we "are not voiceless victims anymore." Your publication has done more than anything else to bring the fraternity of cigar smokers together. As our numbers and your readership grows, we will become more of a potent force. You should challenge each of your subscribers to convert one or more noncigar smokers to our cause by the end of the year. This is the best way to benefit us all. I'll make the first pledge--though my wife doesn't smoke, I'll try to "enlighten" her this year. This should be an interesting New Year's resolution! (Who knows--maybe I'll at least get to smoke in the house.)

We should all target more women to join us. I was at first offended at Gay Talese's remark that cigar dinners were a "man's terrain." He recanted, and I think Gina Bennet said it best, "a woman's taste buds are no different from a man's." I think it is wrong to constantly target women as the most vocal complainers about cigars. I have received more negative comments from men than women. Increasing the number of women cigar smokers will assist our cause more than any other action. I find it extremely pleasant to enjoy a cigar in the company of men and women at cigar dinners--as I feel most of us do. I also think that all male cigar smokers find that, next to love, the most wonderful feeling is being with a woman who enjoys a good cigar.

Joseph J. Leonard Jr.
Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard
Houston, Texas

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Dear Marvin:

Greetings! I wanted to drop you a line applauding your great magazine.

As a young (35 years old) priest in the Charismatic Episcopal Church, my introduction to the joys of cigars came about two years ago when the archbishop of our church walked me into a cigar shop in San Clemente, California, and purchased for me a Romeo y Julieta. Since then, I have become a lover of one of God's wonders of creation!

Living in the buckle of the Bible Belt, I am aware that some believe smoking a horrid sin. But I am reminded of that illustrious Baptist preacher of London a century ago, Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon immensely enjoyed fine cigars, and when an unknowing guest preacher spoke out against the evils of smoking, Spurgeon closed the evening service by saying to his congregation, "What, for some, is sin, others do to the glory of God. And the good Dr. Pentecost's remarks notwithstanding, I intend to go home tonight and smoke a cigar to the glory of God. It is a kind of incense drifting to Heaven."

Rev. Kenneth Myers
The Deanery of Texas
Denison, Texas

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