Will Meet the *2nd Tuesday of
this Month in Sharon,
* Next Meeting is Tuesday, JANUARY 8th,
2019 at 7:00 PM *
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Info & Events
*January Meeting Changed to 1/8 ~ -
Due to the holiday -
Hope everyone had a great holiday and safe New Year. I wish you
all nothing but the best in 2019.
The New Year brings us a fresh round of the Club Cards. The Club
Card was established to reward those who go the extra mile for the
club and by doing so a member gets an extra punch in their card
as well as one for each meeting attended. For the past few years
it seems like it's always the same people who end up with all the
extra stamps. I’d like to see the playing field a bit more
competitive and as usual fashion I propose to mix things up. For
the upcoming year I am giving up this space to any member who wants
to write a monthly message. It can be just about anything. Use my
past messages as a guide if you like. Tell us about when you got
interested in pipes, or maybe a favorite tobacco shop from the past
or boast about your collection. The space is yours and it will earn
you 1 extra punch. I am hoping that this gets extremely competitive.
The only catch is the message must be at least 400 words and you
must come up with a crazy idea for the members to be eligible for
the Presidents special raffle. Don’t worry I will take care
of the raffle prize. So, put your thinking caps on.
Let’s all help in planning a great year. Please bring your
ideas to the meetings and don’t forget we need a few volunteers
to help with our Pipe Show committee. Please be prepared to discuss
any 30-year events including the club pipe and the Pipe Show. Let’s
firm up a date and get the ball rolling.
January brings us National Hat Day. National Hat Day is set aside
to wear and enjoy a hat of your choice and style. Isn't it great
that hats come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles? There's
one to fit every size head and personality. Hats are used to make
a statement, or to promote a cause or a product. Back in 1797, the
introduction of the Top Hat almost caused a riot. The top hat was
first worn by James Heatherington in London England. As Heatherington
strolled through the streets of London, England displaying his Top
Hat, crowds gathered, some people began to push and shove. Heatherington
was fined for "going about in a manner that frightened timid
people". Oh yeah... hats have logical uses, too. Some hats
(aka helmets), offer safety protection. Some hats keep your head
warm, or the sun out of your eyes.... how boring. National Hat Day
is not intended to just keep your noggin warm. It’s a chance
to make a statement and to display your favorite headgear. Did you
know? More body heat is lost from your head than other parts of
the body. So, wearing a hat goes a long way towards staying warm
on a cold winter's day (or night). So, wear your favorite hat to
the meeting and receive and extra raffle ticket for the Presidents
Look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday,
The Tao of a Corncob Pipe ............. by
found this op-ed piece from the New York Times that was written
in 2015 and thought it was a good fit for the Gazette. He was
right (as usual).. It is a nice story about a man's memory of
his grandfather, his corn cob pipe and how it became part of
his own life. Definitely worth the 10 minute read. Here is something
to whet your appetite...
BUSHKILL, Pa. — EVEN now, when I conjure him and
he deigns to come, I always see him the same way. He’s
encircled in sweet blue smoke, standing on the cool stone of
the walkway around midnight. A little man, ancient, almost swallowed
by the vivid articles of clothing that his devoted daughter
always bought for him. They were nothing like the slate-colored
clothes my grandfather would have chosen for himself. But they
covered him and kept him warm.
I hope everybody had a great holiday season. It's been brought
to my attention that not everybody digs English-style tobacco.
Once my shock subsided, I decided that we'd start off the year
with two rarely-seen tins from Dan Tobacco. Neither has even
a wisp of latakia (but even so, we'll still have aromatic alternatives).
Veermaster is a Virginia flake, just as the "sailors"
on the "windjammers" (tall ships) loved to smoke it:
The taste of genuine tobacco, not too mild, yet still "seut
un' sacht" (sweet and mellow). Apparently, the name is
a bit of an inside joke, as "De Hamborger Veermaster"
is a sea shanty about a dilapidated and run-down four-master
during the time of the California gold rush of 1849 -- not the
sort of ship one would want to sail on!
Virginia Slices is a full bodied, golden flake from the best
Virginia grades and Louisiana perique. I'd seen a tin of this
years ago, and always wondered whose picture was on the tin.
I'll probably never know.
is not common in the 21st Century to surf the web for the
latest happenings and run across an article that contains
a prominent picture of a man smoking his pipe. This just
recently happened and it was an obvious sign of who should
be SHPC's next pipe personality of the month. Among Bertrand
Russell's many passions for philosopy, mathmatics and history,
he was also very fond of tobacco and states that he smokes
all day unless eating or sleeping. He even claims smoking
had saved his life (see video below). After hearing this
there was no question he would become a permanent resident
of the SHPC Gazette.
(excerpted from Wikipedia) Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd
Earl Russell(May 1872 – February 1970)
was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian,
writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.
At various points in his life, Russell considered himself
a liberal, a socialist and a pacifist, but he also admitted
that he had "never been any of these things, in any
profound sense." Russell was born in Monmouthshire
into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in
the United Kingdom.
In the early 20th century, Russell led
the British "revolt against idealism". He is considered
one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his
predecessor Gottlob Frege, colleague G. E. Moore and protégé
Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is widely held to be one of the
20th century's premier logicians. With A. N. Whitehead he
wrote Principia Mathematica, an attempt to create a logical
basis for mathematics. His philosophical essay "On
Denoting" has been considered a "paradigm of philosophy".
His work has had a considerable influence on mathematics,
logic, set theory, linguistics, artificial intelligence,
cognitive science, computer science and philosophy, especially
the philosophy of language, epistemology and metaphysics.
Russell was a prominent anti-war activist
and he championed anti-imperialism. Occasionally, he advocated
preventive nuclear war, before the opportunity provided
by the atomic monopoly had passed and "welcomed with
enthusiasm" world government. He went to prison for
his pacifism during World War I. Later, Russell concluded
that war against Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany was a necessary
"lesser of two evils" and criticized Stalinist
totalitarianism, attacked the involvement of the United
States in the Vietnam War and was an outspoken proponent
of nuclear disarmament. In 1950, Russell was awarded the
Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of his varied
and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian
ideals and freedom of thought".
En route to one of his lectures in Trondheim,
Russell was one of 24 survivors (among a total of 43 passengers)
of an aeroplane crash in Hommelvik in October 1948. He said
he owed his life to smoking since the people who drowned
were in the non-smoking part of the plane (see video below).
Russell spent the 1950s and 1960s engaged
in political causes primarily related to nuclear disarmament
and opposing the Vietnam War. In September 1961, at the
age of 89, Russell was jailed for seven days in Brixton
Prison for "breach of peace" after taking part
in an anti-nuclear demonstration in London. The magistrate
offered to exempt him from jail if he pledged himself to
"good behaviour", to which Russell replied: "No,
Russell died of influenza on 2 February
1970 at his home in Penrhyndeudraeth. His body was cremated
in Colwyn Bay on 5 February 1970. In accordance with his
will, there was no religious ceremony; his ashes were scattered
over the Welsh mountains later that year. He left an estate
valued at £69,423 (£1.09 million or US$1.4 million
in 2018 money). In 1980 a memorial to Russell was commissioned
by a committee including the philosopher A. J. Ayer. It
consists of a bust of Russell in Red Lion Square in London
sculpted by Marcelle Quinton. Read
the Month Bertrand Russell on pipe smoking
and how it saved his life.
& Tobacco Around the Web
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio
episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live
on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube
(9:30 Eastern Time)
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable
co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique
perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you
ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that
the producers of the I
Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute,
weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something
related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was
called James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining
habits? Or what happened when he let a criminal escape?
Answers to these questions and more await in Trifles, a
weekly podcast about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories.