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I just finished reading the latest issue of Cigar Aficionado while enjoying a Cohiba Robusto from the box that my wife gave me for my recent birthday. Life doesn't get much better! I recently visited a friend who had undergone a heart-bypass operation. Having been a cigarette smoker for decades, he was having a rough time trying to quit as per his doctor's orders. I suggested that he try a good cigar. I also left him with a copy of Cigar Aficionado. Needless to say, it worked. His spirits have soared, he's feeling great and his doctor is happy. Certainly this is not a prescription for everyone. However, my friend is working again and enjoying life. Now, what was the old saying? "A cigar a day keeps the doctor away?"
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I would love to tell what a first-class operation you are running. Few publications have the ability to bring not only intellectual pleasure but a firm pat on the back to all cigar smokers. Worrying about being politically correct has often curbed the beliefs of individuals, and Cigar Aficionado defies that expectation. Standing up for one's interests and morals takes courage as well as integrity.
As a high-school senior, I am in awe of your publication. I am at the age of self-exploration and identity. Cigar Aficionado has helped me understand what I want out of life and the kind of life I wish to lead. Smoke-filled rooms, tradition, respect and character are all aspects portrayed in your periodical. Thank you for this. These have helped me define both what maleness is and the likeness of success in America. My congratulations to you for exemplifying originality, respect and luxury.
Please keep in mind that your audience is broad and diverse, but don't worry about stepping on toes, because the patrons of your magazine are secure in themselves and generally don't get p.o.'ed at every little thing. Keep up the good work and speak your mind. Thank you.
Brandon T. Peele
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The point of my letter, aside from accolades for your fine publication, is to chide you for the Winter 1993/1994 cover, "Magic of Maduros." I wonder whether you would adorn your cover with a bare-chested man (or otherwise scantily clad male) posing with a cigar? I am somewhat offended by this seemingly sexist ploy to attract readers.
Marvin, I can sense you are better than this, and obviously unintentionally placed this fine young "naked" lady on your cover. I, like other of your female readers, will forgive this slight stumble. I will give you a chance to make amends. In the interest of equal time, please put a similarly posed man on the cover of an upcoming issue. May I respectfully suggest my husband, Joe, who, given his passion and advocacy for your editorial content, would make the consummate "poster boy" for Cigar Aficionado. Marvin, we await your call!
Jane F. Kringdon
Editor's Response: Thank you, but no thank you.
Zino Davidoff 1906 - 1994
Zino Davidoff, one of the most respected men in the cigar industry, died on Friday, Jan. 14, 1994, in Geneva, Switzerland. He was 87 years old.
Davidoff began in the tobacco business in the 1930s working at his father's shop in Switzerland, which was started after the family fled Russia in 1911. He participated in the development of the "Chateaux" series of Hoyo de Monterrey cigars in 1947, naming them after the first-growth wines of Bordeaux, and in the 1970s began to market Davidoff cigars made in Cuba. After selling his shop to the Oettinger Imex in 1970, he continued to work on building Davidoff into one of the finest cigar brands in the world and one of the most respected trademarks in luxury goods.
Davidoff advised the rich, royal and famous on the pleasures of smoking. He always had suggestions for cigar lovers, whether in person or through his books: "If your wife doesn't like the aroma of your cigar, change your wife." "The greatest cigar to smoke is the one you are currently smoking."
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