Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Fidel Castro, Summer 94
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I own a 33-year-old bookstore in San Diego. We specialize in literary books and periodicals.
As a cigar and pipe smoker, I have been delighted in both reading and hand-selling Cigar Aficionado. But the Spring 1994 issue will probably go back to the distributor before it goes on the rack. Rush Limbaugh is the most execrable, even dangerous, person in the country. There are many cigar smokers, past and present, whom you could have chosen to be on the cover. I'm sorry that you had to join the commercial bandwagon; I'm very offended.
San Diego, California
Editor's Response: I would only ask that you have the same compassion for freedom of speech as we smokers ask of nonsmokers. While I have received other letters like yours with negative comments about Rush, I have received many more saying how much they enjoyed reading about him. Many were from people who admit they don't like his politics. That's what makes America a great country.
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The "Rush" issue was the third in my subscription. The liberals are indeed taking over this country. (Our president doesn't even have the conviction to openly enjoy his ci-gars.) It is truly wonderful to read Cigar Aficionado, a magazine that inspires one of life's great pleasures.
One marvelous result of reading your magazine is that I now seem to frequent only restaurants that permit cigar smoking. The one big downside, however, is that I devour the magazine within hours of receiving it. The intervals between issues feel like a lifetime.
New York, New York
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