Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Tom Selleck, Nov/Dec 2007
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My favorite part of the magazine is the pictures of the readers and their friends and family in the back. As I look at them I wonder, How many of them drive the Ferrari? How many of them drive the Ford Escort? If they can afford the Ferrari, more power to them. If it's the Escort, well, I feel your pain.
I don't play golf with Michael Jordan, or rub shoulders with Mr. Limbaugh, or smoke the Habana Cohibas. And I don't care what they drive or wear when that stuff is way, way beyond my means. Like many of the people in the back of the magazine—your audience, by the way—I enjoy the Romeo two or three times a week.
Test-drive an F250, a Jeep Cherokee once, please.
Editor's note: Cigar Aficionado is for cigar smokers of all backgrounds and economic levels. Yes, we do cover affluent parts of The Good Life, but come to the Big Smoke sometime. You'll see Ferrari drivers rubbing shoulders with truck drivers. Cigars, truly, are for everyone.
How ironic that the greatest threat to the enjoyment of premium Nicaraguan cigars is not coming from newly elected Daniel Ortega. Instead, the U.S. Senate majority leader and the speaker of the House are threatening to do something that Ortega and the Sandinistas would never think of doing, i.e., imposing such a grievous tax on the enjoyment of premium cigars to the extent that thousands of workers in this industry would be adversely affected!
The great governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, spoke at a conference I was attending in Palm Springs. As I left the meeting room, I noticed Arnold was about 50 feet ahead of me. I yelled, "Hey Arnold, I have a cigar for you." He turned around, came back, I gave him the cigar, we exchanged pleasantries, shook hands, and he continued on to his SUV. One of his staff came up to me and asked for one of my business cards (I figured if the cigar blew up, they would know who to send to jail). Turns out it wasn't that at all, as a few days later, I got a nice thank-you letter from the governor.
A couple of months later, Arnold was in Minneapolis to headline for a fund-raiser for our great Governor Tim Pawlenty, who was up for reelection in 2006. This time I slipped him two cigars. This resulted in a longer thank-you letter.
Just as an aside, on two different occasions I gave a cigar to our infamous governor Jesse Ventura and never got a thank-you from him. Obviously, Arnold has a much better PR department.