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Congratulations! It was indeed a wonderful experience to read your premier issue. For a Cuban with nearly 45 years of puffing Habanos, it was like reading hieroglyphics in a newly discovered ruin. In other words, a finding of an extinct civilization. The art of cigar smoking has suffered humiliation, snubbing, insults, rages and all kinds of name-calling from groups of people. That it has survived all these experiences is reflected in the success of your magazine.
The articles in The Wine Spectator and the launching of your publication depicting what a cigar really is, made me feel very proud to be a Cuban. I felt the same ecstasy as when I watched the Cubans in the summer Olympics in Barcelona, or the extraordinary Cuban National Ballet with Alicia Alonso.
While this country lifts embargoes to questionable types of governments like South Africa and Haiti, which continuously ignore democratic principles, it has sustained and tightened a totally unreasonable embargo towards Cuba, every year using more abstinence than logic.
What a great opportunity the cigar gives us. What an indescribable pleasure to smoke a good cigar. What an honor to share a moment of peace and enjoyment with so many fine people.
Thank you for your contributions to this cause, and, of course, your magazine will occupy the best shelf in my house.
Sincerely yours,
Manuel Anaya
Los Angeles, California

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Dear Marvin:
Great first issue!
Steve Florio
The New Yorker Magazine

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Dear Marvin:
I am a pastor of a church in Massachusetts and have a Saturday evening ritual that has helped inspire many a sermon. A fine cigar is enjoyed as I struggle with the scripture and seek to bring a message of hope and new life to the congregation. I have known the pleasure, physically and spiritually, of cigar smoking for over ten years and would like to commend you upon a job well done on your publication. The demands and expectations of a minister can be overwhelming, and there is nothing like a quiet and smooth cigar to bring me to a peaceful place.
I am careful not to smoke in front of children, and when it is offensive to someone. But the benefits of a Saturday night cigar far outweigh the detriments. In moderation, ten a week or so, cigar smoking, I declare, is not a sin.
Gentlemen, you have my blessings. Those who do like the art and transcendental experience of smoking a fine cigar need not worry of divine retribution. I think God understands.
Gratefully and respectfully,
An inspired preacher from Massachusetts
Editor's Response: Amen.

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Dear Marvin:
CIGAR AFICIONADO, in just one issue, has converted me into a cigar connoisseur without having smoked more than three cigars or read more than one of your issues.
Colin Wilcken
Washington, D.C.

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Dear Marvin:
My own favorite response to people who accuse me of excessive smoking comes from Mark Twain: "Excessive smoking is when you smoke two cigars at the same time."
Don Sigal
Chicago, Illinois

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Dear Marvin:
I recently received the premier issue of your magazine. Bravo!
My wife (who grumbles every time I light up) also read it. The very next evening, upon opening my humidor for a cigar--delightful surprise. Inside I found a couple of each of some of the cigars you rated in your magazine with a note:
If you read your cigar magazine you would know that good cigars don't stink.
Marvin, thank you, thank you, thank you. You might have unknowingly ended a 14 year battle.
Gratefully yours,
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