the May Meeting
last month felt like it had been a long time between meetings,
I can't believe I'm sitting here doing the newsletter again already.
But thanks to the contributions of my good friend and SHPC treasurer,
Rick Frederics content has been a little easier to come by the
past couple of months which is always appreciated. Thanks Rick.
And anyone else who has a good pipe related story to tell or feels
they would like to wax poetic feel free submit something for the
SHPC Gazette. If you go on a field trip to a pipe shop or cigar
lounge or run into an interesting character on the street, snap
a couple of photos with your smart phone, jot down a couple of
paragraphs and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're worried
about punctuation and grammar let me know and I'll do my best
to smooth it out.
of my favorite things happened at the last meeting. We had a new
member join us and had an old member return for a long overdue
visit. Andy the Buzzman responded to my shout out from last month
and it was good to see him again even if he gives me crap about
skipping a newsletter every now and then.
is our newest member, he is relatively new to pipe smoking but
you wouldn't know it by talking to him. It appears he's jumped
in with both feet. Rob works for Homeland Security and we all
enjoyed some very interesting conversation about the recent activities
in Boston over dinner. We look forward to seeing them both return
Who Is Your Favorite Pipe Smoker? .by Richard Frederics
you ever thought about who might be your favorite pipe smoker?
I got to thinking about it a few days ago. Of course, first, we
must define for ourselves what is meant by the term favorite.
Webster defines favorite as “one that is treated or regarded
with special favor or liking.” Webster also states that
favor could mean “markedly popular.” OK – this
Now the next step is to think of all the pipe smokers I have
seen or known. A few minutes into my list I decide that this may
not be such a good idea because my list could get to be unmanageable.
And then, as I began to think about it, I knew I did not need
to make a list at all.
In reality, I knew right away who was my favorite pipe smoker;
It could only be one person; my Dad. But to be honest, I only
saw him with a pipe in our photo album. By the time I was born
my Dad took to smoking cigarettes. But I always remember those
pictures and it is my Dad who got me into pipe smoking in the
first place. He was determined not to have me get into cigarette
smoking which he felt was an awful habit (surprising – since
he still smokes cigarettes to this day).
Just prior to me leaving for college we took a trip to Boston
– to David P. Ehrlich, the pipe shop on Tremont Street at
Government Center. That is where I was introduced to pipe smoking.
He bought me my first pipe, the necessary tools, some aromatic
tobacco (probably why I like aromatics the best to this day) and
showed me how to smoke a pipe.
That was 46 years ago. There were a few times we did have a pipe
together – but he never could get back into pipe smoking.
I, on the other hand, never ever had a cigarette – not one
– and to this day smoke a pipe.
Every time I visit my Dad in Georgia, we sit and talk; me smoking
my pipe and he – well smoking. Yes, my Dad would be considered
to be my favorite pipe smoker – if for no other reason than
because he put me into this wonderful hobby. Thanks, Dad.