Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Fidel Castro, Summer 94
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Last year I happened on a copy of Cigar Aficionado by chance and was pleasantly surprised. At last, a magazine for cigar smokers. Subsequently, I subscribed to the magazine, and I have looked forward to each issue, which I read and reread with great pleasure.
That is until yesterday, when the Spring 1994 issue arrived with the leering face of the notorious Rush Limbaugh on the cover. I cannot adequately convey my distress. This man is a right-wing, race-baiting demagogue who is disdainful of everything liberal and democratic in this country. I wonder, would you use a picture of Louis Farrakhan on the cover of your magazine? Probably not, and rightly so. For a score of reasons, I protest in the strongest terms the use of Rush Limbaugh's picture in this manner. It is an affront to all persons who try to think and deal carefully with the massive issues facing the American people. Surely there must be cigar-loving persons of stature who are not so opinionated who might grace the cover of Cigar Aficionado.
Joseph H. Evans
Editor's Response: You obviously disapprove of Rush being profiled. But there are 24 million listeners to his radio program every week, making him a media megastar. The magazine did not endorse his political views, only his love for fine cigars. I think that tolerance and understanding are needed in a situation like this. I am sorry if the cover story offended you.
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As a new reader, it is very comforting to know that there are other gentlemen out there who enjoy the same vices that I have been enjoying since I was suspended from high school as a freshman for enjoying a Macanudo on school premises. I am currently a student at the University of Southern California Graduate School of Business Administration. I have finally found a crowd who can also enjoy the finer aspects of life--the professors.
Your editorial in the Spring 1994 issue mentioned a gentleman by the name of Sam Crocket at the Doral Arrowwood Resort. I am sorry to say that, I, like you, received a rather rude response from Mr. Crocket when I canceled a $5,000 dinner. I made the necessary arrangements to have a dinner that would compose of a waiter's wet dream. After all of the arrangements were made, totaling 30 minutes on the phone and two faxes, I happened to ask if it would be appropriate if all of the 15 gentlemen smoked cigars throughout the dinner. He stated that the restaurant does not normally allow cigar smoking.
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