We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

MEETING DATE CHANGE - The July Meeting will be a week later due to the July 4th holiday. Meeting will be held on July 11th @ 7PM

President's Message - Happy 4 th of July!

Hey Gang,
Hope all is well and, I hope by the time you read this you and your significant others have experienced a safe Forth of July weekend. With any luck you will not be nursing any drastic hang overs.

I’d like to start off with a “Thank You” to all those who partici- pated in either buying or selling or both at last month’s mini pipe show. It was definitely a great time with lots of camaraderie. A special “Thank You” goes out to Dave Mooney from Philips & King for his visit and generous gifts. I am looking forward to having him back very soon, potentially bringing along his side kick Erik Stokkebye. I have personally met Erik a few times and he is very approachable, easy to talk to, and a wealth of knowledge. In fact Dave has mentioned to me that they both like smaller gatherings much like ours. As we discussed we could also explore the possibility of Erik doing a SHPC POTY for us in the future.
After re-reading last month’s message I felt I may have come off a little too hard in a few of my statements. For those of you who were not there I did offer an apology and I am doing it again here. I try to approach all my endeavors with vigor and sometimes my emotions and passions get in the way and I may speak (or type) before considering the outcome. For that I am guilty 100%. Although, the fact still remains we do not have a permanent Treasurer. Ernie and Tom have made outstanding contributions in easing Nelson’s load. If not for them we would have no raffle and no extra content for the Gazette. Let’s not forget about Tim who painstakingly makes phone call after phone call to be sure we have a continuous POTY program.
As many of you have experienced our club has taken a slightly different path in how the meetings are run. We now conduct our club business in a more structured manner. This still gives us plenty of time to enjoy each other’s company as well as smoke a bowl or two or seven….I feel we have made some great strides since the beginning of 2017. We will have a new and updated web site on line shortly and we have obtained all of the corresponding .org’s and .com’s that go along with it. It should be every member’s concern to protect the identity and uniqueness of our club and, strive to keep some degree of assembly. As I have stated time and time again, “This is your club” It can’t survive or continue to be strong or get stronger without YOU.
In honor of the Fourth of July and, ALL things truly American. All members who smoke a corn cob pipe at the July meeting will get an extra raffle ticket for the chance to win a special commemorative corn cob pipe from my personal collection.

Happy Smokes,

Invisible Enemy - A short story by Ernie Whitenack

From the Intro....
Hitler’s hidden diamonds and gold were allocated to fund a secret organization. It was a terrorist group known as Werwolf (Werewolf) who would disrupt and confuse the Allied occupation, and planned to overthrow the Allies, and then carry the fight to the East and Soviet Russia.

Chapters: Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6 | Ch 7 | Ch 8 | Ch 9
Ch 10 | Ch 11 | Ch 12 | Ch 13 | Ch 14 | Ch 15 | Ch 16 | Ch 17 | Ch 18

Chapter 18 - The Final Chapter

.... Clancy got himself settled and into casual clothes before he presentedAlma with the Bavarian themed gifts he bought her in Garmish.He found the bottle of Jameson’s on the sideboard and settled into hisfavorite chair as Alma exclaimed the beauty of the embroidery andpainting on the various gifts.
Several days later the phone rang in the early afternoon. Clancy picked it up and a voice said, “This is Sampson.”
“And what could you possibly want now?” Clancy replied.
“I’m calling to discuss your military status and make some suggestions.
I don’t want to hear them. As far as I am concerned, I’m through with the Platoon and, in a few weeks, the military. So, you might as well say goodbye now”
“Every thing I have to say will be beneficial to you and there are nohidden agendas associated with it. Please listen for a moment.”

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Tobacco Raffle
In honor of Independence Day, we'll have two tins from the good folks at Standard Tobacco Company of Pennsylvania.

Murray's 1862 Whitehall
Murray's 1862 Whitehall is the kind of English-style blend that the all-day pipe enthusiast will love. Sweet Virginia and mellow Burley is blended with a bit of Virginia-based black Cavendish and smoky Latakia in a light enough amount to keep from overwhelming the palate.

War Horse
War Horse was a popular brand of pipe tobacco in Ireland, and it gained a following throughout the UK, as well. It was known for being a stout blend of tobaccos with an earthy, spicy flavor and full body.The first entry in the revived brand is a blend of hearty mahogany Burley, bold dark-fired Kentucky, matured Virginia and a bit of Perique. A tasty, robust pipe tobacco.

Tobacco Review .................... by Ernie Whitenack

Peterson’s - Balkan Delight

“A traditional mixture comprising the finest Virginia tobacco plus a hint of Louisiana Perique and a generous portion of Cyprus Latakia. A delight for the seasoned pipe smoker.”
To me, a Balkan blend means it has an abundance of tobacco from a country, or countries, making up the Balkan States and commonly referred to as “Orientals”. There are none in this blend.
However, if one looks at it as an English blend, I would have to say it is an average blend in the middle classification; not too mild and not to strong. I must class it along with those English blends that have nothing outstanding about them but are a decent smoke, and are usually in the lower end of the tobacco price range.
It was difficult to find the array of flavors that one experiences when smoking a top line English blend, or a Balkan like Balkan Sobranie or any of McClelland’s Grand Oriental blends.

Pipe Personalities

Buzz Aldrin (exerpted from Wikipedia) - go there

Buzz Aldrin (born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr., January 20, 1930) is an American engineer and former astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, he was one of the first two humans to land on the Moon, and the second person to walk on it. He set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969 (UTC), following mission commander Neil Armstrong. He is a former U.S. Air Force officer with the Command Pilot rating. He also went into orbit on the Gemini 12 mission, finally achieving the goals for EVA (space-walk work) that paved the way to the Moon and success for the Gemini program; he spent over five hours on EVA on that mission.
After graduating from Montclair High School in 1947, Aldrin turned down a full scholarship offer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (which he would later attend for graduate school), and went to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. The nickname "Buzz" originated in childhood: the younger of his two elder sisters mispronounced "brother" as "buzzer" and this was shortened to Buzz. Aldrin made it his legal first name in 1988.
Aldrin graduated third in his class at West Point in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and served as a jet fighter pilot during the Korean War. He flew 66 combat missions in F-86 Sabres and shot down two Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 aircraft. The June 8, 1953, issue of Life magazine featured gun camera photos taken by Aldrin of one of the Soviet pilots ejecting from his damaged aircraft.
After the war, Aldrin was assigned as an aerial gunnery instructor at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, and next was an aide to the dean of faculty at the United States Air Force Academy, which had recently begun operations in 1955. That same year, he graduated from the Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He flew F-100 Super Sabres as a flight commander at Bitburg Air Base, West Germany, in the 22d Fighter Squadron.
In January 1963, Aldrin earned a Sc.D. degree in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he had been assigned as a graduate student (under the auspices of the Air Force Institute of Technology) since 1959. His doctoral thesis was Line-of-Sight Guidance Techniques for Manned Orbital Rendezvous, the dedication of which read, "In the hopes that this work may in some way contribute to their exploration of space, this is dedicated to the crew members of this country’s present and future manned space programs. If only I could join them in their exciting endeavors!"
On completion of his doctorate, he was assigned to the Gemini Target Office of the Air Force Space Systems Division in Los Angeles before his selection as an astronaut. His initial application to join the astronaut corps was rejected on the basis of never having been a test pilot; that prerequisite was lifted when he re-applied and was accepted into the third astronaut class.

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More on Buzz Aldrin: - Buzz Aldrin

Video of the Month
Interview with Buzz Aldrin
30 years after his moon landing

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