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I had no idea. I thought cigar smokers were a dying, passé lot. Then I got hold of your magazine. I read, reread and proudly displayed the issue. I had no idea there were so many of me out there.
So at 45 and the owner of a company so straight-laced we don't tolerate even strong coffee, I have come out of the closet. Your magazine lies open on my desk. Tonight my wife and I will invite my dear old mother to dinner, and later I will watch her swoon as I light up a Partagas #10.
I had no idea.
Eric Crawford
Zeta U. D. Corp.
Jupiter, Florida

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Dear Marvin:
Being a young, single male, I often find that the women of my generation have been brainwashed concerning cigars. I find it difficult to pursue a relationship with a woman who has no appreciation for one of life's truly fine things. It may be unorthodox to request, but your list of cigar friendly restaurants has inspired me: perhaps a list of cigar friendly WOMEN in your next issue? (I find I have several like-minded friends.)
Paul T. Kelleher
2019 East McKinley St.
South Bend, Indiana 46617
Editor's Response: Paul, we are bending the rules just for you. If there are any cigar friendly women living in your area, no doubt they will get in touch with you. Please let us know if you strike it rich.

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Dear Marvin:
I was gleefully driving home on the Garden State Parkway the other day, celebrating the closing of a major deal with a double corona. A car drove adjacent to mine with the driver frantically vying for my attention. He was also smoking a fine one. We exchanged repeated salutes, pulled into the next rest area, traded cigars and stories and ended up discussing a possible deal.
Congratulations on a wonderful innovative publishing idea whose time certainly was overdue. Cigar smoking is a wonderful avocation. Much to my delight, it is also profitable.
Edward Fields
Old Bridge, New Jersey

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Dear Marvin:
You have by now received my subscription to your magazine. It is a great magazine except for one problem: There should be some sort of warning label, such as there is on tobacco products, affixed to the front cover. The reason is that when I received my latest issue, I took it off to my den, selected one of my best Havanas and sat down to enjoy both my cigar and my magazine. As I read, I became so involved in every page that I read it from cover to cover. When I had finished, it dawned on me that I had also finished my Havana, but for the life of me I could not remember when or how I had enjoyed it. I looked at what was left in the ashtray and considered legal action or tears. On further consideration I decided the price had not been too much for the pleasure I received from the magazine. However, I think in all fairness to your readers, my idea of a warning label should be considered, i.e. Reading this magazine may affect your ability to pay attention to anything else.
Thanks for a great magazine.
Robert Dyer
Manhattan Beach, California

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Dear Marvin:
Congratulations on the unprecedented success of your new publication. Perhaps most striking is the extensive letters section--very appropriately titled, I must add--which shows beyond a doubt that CIGAR AFICIONADO already possesses one of the most dedicated readerships of any magazine on the stands.
My impressions concerning this phenomenon are twofold. First, an unknown number of viciously suppressed human beings have suddenly discovered that there exist others of their kind. Yes! CIGAR AFICIONADO functions as a kind of support group for these persecuted individuals who know in their hearts that they are not the criminals and blasphemers our "enlightened" society labels them but, rather, connoisseurs of fine natural products which are lovingly made by some of the finest craftsmen on earth. We do not merely wish to create additional suffering for our spouses, friends and the occasional self-righteous bystander (although at certain moments this can have appreciable value); no, it is simply that we are in love with something we find beautiful and, somehow, true. What punishment for this is that?
Second, you must realize that your original demographics have proved inaccurate. The bank president or CEO-god bless them, it's a free country as they say-- who consume four $5 cigars a week when their wives are out is no economic competition for someone like myself, a relatively low-income artist who requires 180-200 quality cigars a month. Let your advertisers take heed! Even the impecunious may be possessed of taste and style, as you are quickly discovering.
Last, I wish to confirm the experience many readers have attested to--that your magazine makes me...yes, happy!
I just grin from ear to ear as I peruse each issue. So my personal thanks to you for starting the only club I have yet exhibited an interest in joining.
David Myers
New York, New York

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Dear Marvin:
I picked up your publication while on vacation in Denver, and I can't remember when a magazine has brought me so much pleasure! I submitted my subscription card immediately, and I'd like to know how to obtain the first copy.
As one of life's most adamant nonsmokers, I never even permitted smoking in my home. However, I did observe that the only smokers I felt really enjoyed their habit were cigar and pipe smokers.
When I turned 40, 1 developed a taste not only for cigars but also for another of life's delights--a Martini. Discussing this phenomenon with a friend, he astutely observed, "You never needed a Martini--or a cigar--until you were 40!"
As a single mother, the practical side of cigar smoking is that it affords me genuine time to relax. When I smoke a cigar, I can't do anything else except read or watch television. It becomes a reward at the end of the day, and I do took forward to it.
Unfortunately, there are very few public places where I can enjoy a cigar, so I really appreciate the listing in the back of your magazine of restaurants specifically devoted to "cigar aficionados."
While most parents discourage smoking for their children, my teenage son and I enjoy comparing notes on cigars. He enjoyed your magazine more than I did because he loved the article on poker playing.
William Mills Orlando, Florida, USA, June 13, 2013 7:37pm ET
Dear Marvin - Regarding the letter from Peter Worsham in the August issue, I lived in Havana from 1997 until 2000 as a member of the U.S. Interests Section. The GOOD cigars are indeed heavily controlled and expensive no matter where you buy them including Cuba. That said there was always counterfeit/seconds cigars to be had on the black market, but so easily available that the Cuban government had to be aware or complicit in their production and sale. In the end, although not top of the line cigars it was Cuban tobacco which I think is the best in the world.
Changing the subject, I just returned from a car trip to Eastern North Carolina and was surprised to see farm fields of growing tobacco. These same fields use to grow soy beans, cotton, and corn, while the owners were being paid NOT to grow tobacco. Can anyone tell me what has happened? Chinese demand? Domestic demand? Other?
Thanks for the fine magazine.

William Mills

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