Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
bundle of cigars, Winter 92/93
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Editor's Response: Peace on the home front! We hope it lasts forever.
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Four years ago, I received an ultimatum from my spouse, as it seems we all have, in reference to my cigar smoking. I now send a cigar wrapper along with the alimony
check each month. My refrigerator contains the various cheeses, wines and the boxes of cigars I have chosen to indulge in currently.
As long as it is legal, I smoke where I want and when I want. I have found that the smell of a fine cigar is not nearly as nasty as the people who express a dislike for them.
Please keep up the fine work as I anxiously await the next issue. Good luck and happy smoking.
Bruce M. Schwalb
Basic Data Systems
North Brunswick, New Jersey
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I'm a nineteen-year-old college student who enjoys cigar and pipe smoking. How excited I was when I saw the first issue of CIGAR AFICIONADO.
Believe it or not, there are many students here at Baylor who share my enthusiasm for the magazine, as well as for fine cigars.
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Imagine my glee when I returned from the Labor Day holiday to find the premier issue waiting in my mailbox. The fly fishing tackle and wet waders had to wait while I devoured every page! Congratulations on a superb job. I've already sent the subscription cards contained in the issue to friends who I know will want to subscribe too.
My only regret is that I have to wait three months for the next issue! Thanks for a great magazine and keep up the good work.
Robert C. Hanna
Advertising General Manager
Field & Stream, Outdoor Life Magazines
New York, New York
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I am a Cuban-born American who has always been proud of both nationalities. In a very prideful way I have noted to my cigar smoking colleagues the high quality of Cuban Havana seeds and their superiority when compared to other cigars. But as I read, I could not help but wonder and ask myself some basic questions which have no logical answers.
My country continues to be oppressed. I cannot forget my fellow countrymen who have shed blood in the fight for freedom and their democratic beliefs.
For these and other reasons I am returning this magazine and the bill.
Editor's Response: I regret your response. Please understand that this is a magazine devoted to the cigar and cigar lovers. It is not about politics. To publish a magazine like CIGAR AFICIONADO and not include coverage on Cuban cigars would not be possible since they are such an important element in the international market. Other Cubans have taken pride in their heritage and expressed respect for Cuban cigars and their rightful place as one of the truly great natural products in the world.
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For this cynic--I confess to being one--you have somewhat restored my faith in humanity to know that there are still some fine people around, like Marvin Shanken. And I thank you for that.
Your magazine, CIGAR AFICIONADO, has far exceeded my expectations. It is a well put-together periodical, with excellent pictures, facts, articles and opinions. Those of you who had a hand in its birth are to be commended for a job well done.
There are about 68 different titled magazines on the stands devoted entirely for and about women. CIGAR AFICIONADO should make it about five or six magazines for and about men. Thanks to CIGAR AFICIONADO we are getting there--we need all the help we can get.
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