May/June 2005
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Jimmy Smits • May/June 2005

Pick up your latest issue of Cigar Aficionado and have a smoke with Jimmy Smits. Also, cigar-industry charity, casino-backed golf courses, a classic Flor de Cano, Chrysler's comeback, betting baseball, pool's lady pros, the muscle of "American Chopper" and much, much more.

Features

Mr. Smits Goes to Washington

Mr. Smits Goes to Washington

That Jimmy Smits isn't wild about interviews is pretty obvious. It's the first sunny day in a month of record rainfall in Southern California, and as he sits with an unobstructed …

Born to be Wild

Born to be Wild

On a crisp fall morning, the stars of "American Chopper" are kicking back in their new offices at Orange County Choppers' 33,000-square-foot Montgomery, New York, facility. …

Winning is Everything

Winning is Everything

Who knew Todd Hamilton? / Hamilton's 14 victories in Asian Tour events did not make an indelible impression on the worldwide golf psyche. Winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit …

Casino Courses

Casino Courses

Rees Jones is no stranger to dynamite. The award-winning golf course architect did such an enormous amount of blasting at his stunning Cascata outside Las Vegas that it is said to …

Ladies of the Cloth

Ladies of the Cloth

Helena "The Sledgehammer" Thornfeldt isn't satisfied with the rack. Jennifer Barretta, her opponent in a fourth-round pool match at the Cuetec Cues Florida Classic, a nine-ball …

Foul Behavior

Foul Behavior

One four-letter word almost cost Dale Earnhardt Jr. more than three million dollars. The word was shit. As in, "It don't mean shit right now." n When an NBC reporter asked the …

Long Balls & Long Shots

Long Balls & Long Shots

Last year's World Series, the intensely hyped battle between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox, felt more like the Super Bowl than a baseball championship. At least …

What's Driving Chrysler's Comeback

What's Driving Chrysler's Comeback

Nothing was lost in translation when Chrysler Group CEO Dieter Zetsche picked up the phone a few months back only to discover a voice mail from Snoop Dogg. "What I gotta' do to …

Cool, Calm, Connected

Cool, Calm, Connected

One by one, the sights and sounds of our lives leave the clutter of shelves and shoeboxes and contract into tidy digital form on capacious computer hard drives. So why does …

Cigars

Cigars For Hope

Cigars For Hope

Cigarmakers and their customers have a warm heart for the needy

Havana Nights 2005

Havana Nights 2005

The Festival del Habano showcased some great new cigars and lots of revelry as usual

Ratings from this Issue

92
points

Montecristo No. 4

Issue Date: June 1, 2005
Montecristo No. 4
92
points

Vegas Robaina Famoso

Issue Date: June 1, 2005
Vegas Robaina Famoso
91
points

H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

Issue Date: June 1, 2005
H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1
90
points

Bucanero Salsa

Issue Date: June 1, 2005
Bucanero Salsa

Up Front

Our Heroes

Our Heroes

We've said for years that the only way to win the war against the antitobacco zealots is for individuals to take action. It's not easy. Defending tobacco today is much like trying …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I read the April 2005 "Editors' Note" and just had to respond. First off, what a company does has absolutely nothing to do with the Constitution. The Constitution …

The Good Life

2002 Burgundy

2002 Burgundy

In the film Sideways, Miles praises Pinot Noir as thin-skinned, temperamental and in need of constant care and attention. In Pinot's ancestral home, France's Burgundy region, …

Oregon Scientific Waterproof MP3

Oregon Scientific Waterproof MP3

Conundrum: you like to work out to the stirring strains of Wagner's "The Valkyrie," but your favorite regimen involves swimming and you know that water and your iPod don't mix. …

Allen-Edmonds Eastport Boat Shoe

Allen-Edmonds Eastport Boat Shoe

Standard evolution in menswear is a trickle-up progression. Garments made for utility—riding, hunting, fishing, warring—gain cache among the leisure class and become fashion items …

Hotel Bel-Air, Beverly Hills

Hotel Bel-Air, Beverly Hills

Walk through the lobbies or the bars at the Four Seasons, the Peninsula, the Beverly Wilshire, the Marmont or the Beverly Hills Hotel, and chances are good you will lay eyes on …

Café Martorano, Fort Lauderdale

Café Martorano, Fort Lauderdale

Hold on to your seat. Rarely will you find a dining experience like Café Martorano, a family-style Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While you are watching great old …

Alfred Dunhill Stingray Skin Accessories

Alfred Dunhill Stingray Skin Accessories

From searching steaming back-jungle swamps of alligators to scouring sun-baked deserts for rattlesnakes, luxury good makers go to great lengths to outfit high-end accoutrements in …

Great Knive

Great Knive

Once you have fire, you need steel. For a man, knives are the essential tools for cooking. You can collect colanders, measuring cups, mixers and graters all you want, but a great …

Babolat VS NCT Tour Racket

Babolat VS NCT Tour Racket

Space-age nanocarbons have promised to revolutionize the scientific and manufacturing worlds since they were discovered in 1991. Ten times as strong as steel but only a fraction …

TAG Heuer Monaco Sixty Nine

TAG Heuer Monaco Sixty Nine

When TAG Heuer debuted the Monaco in 1969, the wristwatch was destined to be a classic simply for its bold avant-garde design, innovative chronomatic movements and precision stop …

BMW 330i

BMW 330i

Marilyn. Madonna. Cher. Prince. Some superstars require but one name. In the automotive world, one number says enough—3, as in 3 Series. From almost the moment the first car in …

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

It's time for the long, cold winter to pay us back. The melting snows and pouring rains of last winter mean one thing to whitewater rafters this spring and summer: the fun of …