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Hope this message finds everyone well and looking forward to an
early spring. I have already been thinking about the long “Honey-do”
list that I know will be making its way to my desk any minute now.
In the meantime, I will pack, light, tamp, light again and sip slowly
on some of my favorite blends until the War Department hands me
my marching orders. Fortunately, most of the usual jobs really don’t
take much effort to complete and all can possibly be performed with
a briar clenched between my teeth.
Good news from our friend John from the Fall River Chapter. Seems
he was at the New York Show and was telling a lot of vendors there
that there might be a good possibility of a New England Show in
the near future. The response was overwhelming, and he told me there
are at least 10 or more vendors interested in renting a table at
our show if we do one. From what he also explained, aside from the
SHPC Boston show held at the Tremont House Hotel in November of
'93 there has never been a really serious show here and the vendors
he spoke with are anxious to “tap-in” to a new market.
I think it’s time we set our sails to the wind and let’s
get this show off the ground. First and foremost, we need to decide
on a firm date and secure the venue. Let’s make that our topic
for the May meeting.
Don’t forget that this month is our annual meeting where we
will be electing officers for the up coming year. There will be
no business as this is a casual night for some food, drink, smoke
and good conversation. There will be a raffle and if I am not mistaking
It’s going to be a special Dunhill tobacco raffle. As most
are aware Dunhill tobaccos are no longer being produced, so what’s
out there is what’s out there. There may be even a special
Outgoing Presidents Raffle of a Dunhill Pipe. Who knows, guess you
will have to be there to find out.
The Treasurer started taking deposits for this year’s club
pipe. If you have a few sheckles hanging around bring them in and
let Matt bank if for you to lessen the load of this special 30 Year
SHPC Calabash Gourd Pipe that we should have in our hands sometime
I want to thank everyone for their support and efforts over the
last year. It has been an honor to serve as the club President.
I wish the incoming President the best of luck.
Other than that….I got nothing…Please try and make the
meeting for the Elections and bring a favorite hard or soft beverage.
Dinner will be provided by the club.
Riverville Murder - A short story by Ernie
object, as he freed it from the glue-like mud, appears to be a sea
bag with barely discernable letters, USN, stenciled near the top,
a six-foot rope securely tying the opening closed. Hendersen, pulling
on the rope, puffed and strained to drag the bag over the mud to
the walkway. Once there, and greased with mud, it was relatively
easy to move the bag along the wooden walkway. He estimates it weighs
a hundred pounds or better. Once off the walkway, he made a quick
inspection of the contents by feeling through the canvas and detected
what appears to be a leg with a foot attached. A cold shiver came
over him as he moved the sea bag to the tall grass bordering the
flats, scrapes some mud from his boots and trots back to the road
and the nearest police call box.
Sunday dawned bright and clear and the Adams clan decided to
walk the five blocks to Saint Michael’s church, arriving
just as the Hendersen’s rounded the corner and approached
them. For many years, the two families habitually shared the same
third-row pew, and after mass take breakfast together. As is the
case, the staff at the “Humble Mushroom” restaurant
prepares for the occasion by joining two tables and setting them
in preparation for the two families’ weekly visit. They
ate and joyfully chatted among themselves while an occasional
friend or relative stopped by to say hello. All in all, it was
a happy, carefree time for the two families. Read
Memories from the Vault Remembering
some of pipe smoking's better days
Our First Visit to Kaywoodie - by Andy Camire December
The day started off leaving Hubbardston, MA the Central Massachusetts
location of "Man's World" and residence of Jay (Gavel)
Beard. The two of us took our leisurely drive to Vernon, CT
where we always stop at the great Rein's NY Deli for breakfast,
and then onward to Peekskill NY the home of S.M. Frank Co. maker
of Kaywoodie, YelloBole, and Medico pipes. We arrived around
1:30 pm. and Bill Fuerbach, VP of S.M. Frank Co. greeted us
with a smile and a smoke. It was my first visit to the factory,
and must admit it was a super experience to view the displays
in the office area that go back to the late 1800's and the KB&B
days. Bill had a superb collection in showcases on the floor;
walls covered with some old prototype Kaywoodie pipes, along
with many other brands that the company manufactured in years
past. It was a history lesson on the brands we all enjoy today
and Bill also had a terrific display of recently made HandMade
high grade Kaywoodies for viewing or purchasing. Along with
Bill Fuerbach, noted funny man and pipe crafter extraordinaire
was Paul Bonaquisti. You know that the day is going to be spectacular
when you match those two guys together in one room. LOOK OUT!!!!
Altogether I believe there were about 20 people in attendance.
After enjoying some fine hors d'eouvres. We all lit our pipes,
filled the room with fragrant aromas of latakia perique, burley,
Turkish, Virginia, and many others.delectable fragrances of
fine leaf. [Read
SHPC 30th Anniversary Club Pipe
We have made our selection for the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club's
30th Anniversary Club Pipe. Although the gourd calabash was
popularized by William Gillette's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes
and was never smoked by the great detective in his stories,
we all agreed that it would be a fitting choice for our 30th
Anniversary pipe since the calabash pipe is always associated
with our club's namesake.
We also selected a dark colored gourd because it's classy, distinguished
and makes a statement and we like that.
A few details are still being worked out as to where the nomenclature
will be inscribed, it will say "SHPC 1989 - 2019"
and will come in a box rather than the clam shell case pictured.
We hope to have an example of the finished pipe sometime after
the Chicago Show.
by Ernie Whitenack
Missouri Meerschaum American Patriot
Missouri Meerschaum American Patriot is a highly unusual type
of blend to find in a pouch. This is a Latakia-based blend,
enhanced by quality Virginia leaf, and the exotic influence
of Turkish Smyrna, with just a touch of Burley for excellent
burning characteristics. A light top note of Kentucky Bourbon
makes for a nice addition to the aroma, but is undetectable
in the flavor. For a superb value in an English-style blend,
light up a bowl of American Patriot.
Well, sorry to say, I didn’t find this blend even close
to the provided description. After the first try, I decided
it should dry out a bit, so left the pouch sit open for a couple
of days. When I went back to it, it hadn’t improved even
though it dried out slightly. There were times when the Virginia
and Smyrna were noticeable, but generally it was just very harsh
and hot. I was hoping for something reminiscent of the “American
English” blends I remember form the 1970s but was sorely
disappointed. Perhaps it is the proportions of individual tobaccos,
or the quality of same.
MONTHLY TOBACCO RAFFLE
With production discontinued on Dunhill blends,
what better time to have have a Dunhill Extravaganza! For
those who cannot stand latakia, we'll have excellent aromatic
Dunhill My Mixture 965 (50g):
Mixture 965 is full bodied tobacco featuring latakia for flavor
and coolness, Macedonia bright for sweetness, and brown cavendish
to complete the blend. This 2013 vintage tin was generously
donated by Nate.
Dunhill Durbar (50g):
Durbar is medium strength and contains a high proportion of
Oriental leaf, along with Virginia and latakia. It is broad
cut, with rich body and slow rate of burn. This tin was donated
Dunhill Mixture Baby's Bottom 1938 (50g):
Bottom 1938 is an extremely smooth blend of Cyprian latakia
and sweet golden & red Virginias. A wonderful blend for
Virginia lovers who are looking for a little extra flavor.
Dunhill Standard Mixture (50G):
Mixture is composed of latakia and Oriental tobaccos blended
with flue-cured grades from east Carolina and Georgia, all
lightly toasted in the drying drum.
Have you all seen this while driving around?
Not sure I'd want to play basketball with a clay clenched
between my teeth but it looks like Lucky isn't have much troube.
Anderson (February 22, 1934 – November 4,
the first signs of spring in the air and baseball season
right around the corner it seemed appropriate to highlight
baseball legend Sparky Anderson as our pipe personality
for this edition of the Gazette. Many ball players are well
know for chewing gum, eating sunflower seeds while spitting
out the shells or doing their chipmunk impression with cheeks
filled with chewing tobacco. But Sparky was was among the
very few that was better known for satisfying his oral fixation
by smoking his pipe. He never seemed more at ease than the
hours before a game, when he would sit in his office, smoke
his pipe and offer opinions on dozens of subjects.
George Lee "Sparky"
Anderson was an American Major League Baseball player, coach,
and manager. He managed the National League's Cincinnati
Reds to the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third
title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League.
He was the first manager to win the World Series in both
leagues. His 2,194 career wins are the sixth most for a
manager in Major Leagues.
Anderson began his playing
career with the Santa Barbara Dodgers of the class-C California
League, where he was primarily used as a shortstop. In 1954,
he was moved up to the class-A Pueblo Dodgers of the Western
League and was moved to second base, where he played the
rest of his career. In 1955, Anderson was moved another
step up the minor league ladder, playing for the Double-A
Fort Worth Cats of the Texas League. A radio announcer gave
him the nickname "Sparky" in 1955 for his feisty
play. The next season, after the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles,
he returned to Montreal.
After five minor league seasons
without appearing in a Dodger uniform at the MLB level,
he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on December 23,
1958. The Phillies gave Anderson their starting second base
job, and he spent what would be his one full season in the
major leagues in 1959. However, he batted only .218 in 152
games, with no home runs and 34 runs batted in, and returned
to the minor leagues for the remainder of his playing career.
His 527 at-bats is still the record for the most by a player
who only played in one Major League season.
He played the next four seasons
with the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs in the International
League. After watching several practices, Leafs owner Jack
Kent Cooke observed Anderson's leadership qualities and
ability to teach younger players from all backgrounds. Cooke
immediately encouraged him to pursue a career in managing,
offering Anderson the post for the Leafs.
Anderson was named the Reds
manager on October 8, 1969. Since he was a relative unknown
in the sports world, headlines on the day after his hiring
read "Sparky Who?" Nonetheless, Anderson led the
Reds to 102 wins and the National League pennant in 1970.
Over the course of these two seasons, Anderson's Reds compiled
an astounding 14–3 record in postseason play against
the Pirates, Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees, winning their
last eight in a row in the postseason after triumphing against
the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, and then
winning seven straight games in the 1976 postseason. They
remain the only team to sweep the entire post-season since
the inception of the league championship series in 1969.
During this time Anderson became known as "Captain
Hook" for his his habit of taking out a starting pitcher
at the first sign of weakness and going to his bullpen.
When the aging Reds finished
second to the Dodgers in each of the next two seasons, Anderson
was fired on November 27, 1978. In June of 1979 he became
the new manager of the young Detroit Tigers. Upon seeing
the team's young talent, he boldly proclaimed to the press
that his team would be a pennant winner within 5 years.
In 1984, Detroit opened the
season 9–0, was 35–5 after 40 games (a major
league record), and breezed to a 104–58 record (a
franchise record for wins). On September 23, Anderson became
the first manager to win 100 games in a season with two
different teams. They swept the Kansas City Royals in the
American League Championship Series (ALCS) and then beat
the San Diego Padres in five games in the World Series for
Anderson's third world title. The 1984 Tigers became the
first team since the 1927 New York Yankees to lead a league
wire-to-wire, from opening day to the end of the World Series.
Anderson retired from managing
on October 2, 1995 and was was elected to the Baseball Hall
of Fame as a manager in 2000. Although he managed 17 seasons
in Detroit and just 9 seasons in Cincinnati, his Hall of
Fame plaque has him wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform.
On November 3, 2010, it was
announced that Anderson had been placed in hospice care
at his Thousand Oaks home because of his deteriorating dementia
condition. Anderson died at the age 76 on Thursday, November
4, 2010. In 2011 the Detroit Tigers honored Anderson by
retiring his number 11 from future use and placing his name
and number on the outfield wall with the other past honorees
and members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"Sparky was, by far, the
best manager I ever played for," said Pete Rose. "He
understood people better than anyone I ever met. His players
loved him, he loved his players, and he loved the game of
baseball. There isn't another person in baseball like Sparky
Anderson. He gave his whole life to the game."
Jim Hawkins from the Oakland
Press wrote, "Sparky Anderson was one of a kind. Painfully-shy
as a young boy, he became a bubbling cauldron of enthusiasm
and confidence. Wherever he went, whoever he met, Sparky
knew he was expected to put on a show. He was always on
stage. And he never let his audience down."
Mitch Albom from the Detroit
Free Press wrote and article stating that all baseball managers
need a little "Sparky". One of his suggestions
to managers was to "GET A PIPE: Few things are more
disgusting than baseball players with mouths full of tobacco.
One is managers with mouths full of tobacco. Tom. Spit it
out. Whitey. Drop those cigarettes. Notice how Sparky Anderson
smokes a pipe during his post-game remarks? Yes. A pipe.
This makes him look professional, cultured and scholarly.”
In his book The Score of a
Lifetime - 25 Years of talking Chicago Sports, Terry Boers
recalled an encounter with Sparky Anderson. He recalls,
"So what was Sparky doing when I went into his office?
Sitting buck naked with his feet up on the desk smoking
a pipe. "What do you need? Sparky said, fully understanding
that he had me right where he wanted me." ..."Little
did I know that he wouldn't be the first baseball manager
that I met who liked to be naked."
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