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Out of the Humidor

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From the Print Edition:
cigar case, Summer 93

(continued from page 9)

Robert Bookman
Beverly Hills, California

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Dear Marvin:

I add my voice to the chorus of accolades for a magazine that caters to the tastes of a conspicuous minority. A well-to-do, high-achieving, stubborn minority, perhaps, but a minority after all.

I will not add my anecdotes to the litany of abuses to which cigar smokers are regularly subjected. Suffice it to say that in my 40 years of cigar smoking there are few rude remarks and acts which I have not experienced. So what? They have all been minor inconveniences next to the pleasure that cigar smoking has given me. My wife knows this is so. It was she who gave me my subscription last Christmas. I don't smoke in the house for her sake. Her allergy to scents is so acute that she hasn't worn perfume in years. Yet she is pleased when she sees my pleasure from smoking a good cigar, and she has never begrudged the small sums "gone up in smoke."

I wish you good fortune with CIGAR AFICIONADO. Your success will add to my pleasure.

Donald Altman
Culver City, California

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Dear Marvin:

I had recently returned from the Persian Gulf and was in my office at Camp Pendleton (California) enjoying an Arturo Fuente Hemingway. A Sergeant Major (an avid nonsmoker) who worked in an adjoining office came in and announced: "lieutenant, you're going to have to smoke that somewhere else." Just as he was about to deliver the final assault on my smoking pleasure the battalion commander poked his head in the door. The Colonel interrupted him and said, "Hey Mike, that cigar smells great, can the Sergeant Major and I have one of those?" I said very tactfully, "No problem, sir, my humidor is always open to you and the Sergeant Major." As the C.O. was walking out I seized my opportunity to attack by asking, "Sir, you don't mind if I smoke in the building, do you?" The Colonel replied, "Hell no! It gives the place character." Hearing this the Sergeant Major simply executed a right face and promptly marched out behind the Colonel. I was never bothered again.

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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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