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Next Meeting is Tuesday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


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President's Message

 Hello All!!
First and foremost, I would like to take this time to wish our own Ernie Whitenack a very special 90th birthday. To think about that in some sort of perspective Ernie was born in 1928 and the President of the United States was Calvin Coolidge, the “Iron Lung” is developed as well as the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming. Amelia Earhart becomes first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and in entertainment, Shirly Temple is born as well as the first appearance of Micky Mouse in “Steamboat Willie”. A new Oldsmobile cost $950.00 a new suit cost $8.95 and a cigar salesman could earn up to $175.00 a month. In 1928 a new Dunhill pipe was about 25£ that’s about $35.00 in today’s exchange rate. It was also the year that the retail pipe catalog to drool over, from the zenith of the art of smoking, the famous 1928 Dunhill guide” About Smoke” - their largest ever -dedicated to everything smokeable, including pipes, tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, Unique lighters, and smoker´s requisites. 1928 brought us the retirement of a great pipe man Alfred Dunhill and the birth of another Ernie Whitenack. I tip my hat to you my friend and wish you 90 more! Some may say Ernie is the best thing since sliced bread, that’s probably because the automatic bread slicer was invented in 1928.
Well it official, The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston – Fall River Chapter has received their charter and is planning their first meeting on Thursday March 15th and, will there after meet regularly on every third Thursday of the month at the Old Fire House Smoke Shop in Fall River. I would hope to see a few of us show up to their initial meeting. It took us about a year to get this finalized and on International Pipe Smoking Day a few of us presented the charter to commence meeting. I am looking forward to a great relationship with our new charter members and hope to set up a few more around the region in the upcoming years.
Sooooo, It’s March and I guess we need to come up with some crafty way to have my special pipe raffle. I know what you all must be thinking…March equals St. Patrick’s Day and that easily equates to Peterson. Well, I hate to disappoint our shamrock loving, green beer drinking, corned beef eating comrades. March also brings us St. Joseph’s Day on March 19th and my daughter Sofia’s birthday on March 20th. Funny story about my daughter’s birth, we went into the hospital early afternoon on March 19th and I thought for sure my daughter would be born on St. Joseph’s Day. We had like 13 hours to get this kid out and into the world and St. Joseph being the patron saint of Italians and my late father’s name being Joseph I felt like all the stars were aligned in my favor. Well, I guess my Irish lass had other plans because Sofia was not delivered until 4:30 the next morning. So, in protest we shall celebrate Meerschaum March! Smoke your favorite Meerschaum at the meeting and receive an extra ticket for the “President’s Bonus Raffle.

See you all Tuesday,

The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club - Fall River Chapter
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Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston - Fall River Chapter

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Featured Story ................................ by Ernie Whitenack

Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter 5

In the office of European Consolidated Imports, Ryan is thinking about the pipe and who his competition might be. He instructs his two enforcers to find Mitchell and ask him if anyone else has been contacted about the pipe. They find him, a Scotch in his hand, leaning on his usual spot at the bar on 41st Street. The men, positioned on either side of Mitchell, squeeze in on him and asked the question.

“Honestly, I don’t know. All I have done is find the collectors by calling tobacco shops and give the names to Smyth. I don’t know who Smyth has contacted, if any. I haven’t talked about the pipe to anyone other than Mr. Ryan. Here now, give me some room and I’ll write the names down for you.

Read Chapter 6 

Chapters:  Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6

Tobacco Reviews... By None Other Than Ernie Whitenack

War Horse
Ready-cut Pipe Tobacco
Standard Tobacco Company
Scandinavian Tobacco Co, Lane Ltd.
(From the July 2017 raffle)

A robust blend of rich Burley and bold dark-fired Kentucky with ripe, matured Virginia added for a bit of sweetness, and Perique for a bit more spice. A pleasant top note enhances the flavor of top quality leaf.

Robust is certainly the definitive word, to my taste, for this blend. I can’t discern if it is the Burley or the dark-fired that is so prevalent at first lighting. Fortunately, I found the Virginia’s citrusy sweetness coming out about a quarter way through. However, the Virginia did not calm down in its robustness and I felt my tongue getting aggravated. The Perique added, as they declared, a bit more spice. Actually, a bit more than I like. I think the Burley and dark-fired Kentucky can do that job admirably. For my liking, they can forget the Perique.

This blend is very reminiscent of many ordinary blends on the market during the golden years of pipe smoking. If you would like to take a walk in the past, try a tin.

So, with all this said, I do like this tobacco, but not the nicotine kick that follows it, and think it could use more Virginia.

I doubt I will ever smoke this again; not that it isn’t a quality product, but there are just other blends that I prefer.

Pipe Personalities

Ernest "Ernie" Newton Whitenack
Ernest Newton Whitenack (March 27, 1928 - Still Alive and Well) is the oldest member of the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston. Ernie was the only son born to Howard and Margaret Whitenack in Springfield, IL but also had an older half-sister. After moving to Massachusetts at a young age, Ernie graduated from Waltham High School but was a bit too young to serve our country in World War II. He did serve in the Korean War repairing radios in Germany. Ernie married Barbara in 1955 and had a daughter Betsy a few years later. He later purchased his first home in Whitman and had his son Eric a few years after that.
After settling into photography as a way of life, Ernie had already opened up a studio in Brockton where he had contracts with Ocean Spray and various other companies. As friends with the local leaders of Heifer Project, Ernie had the chance to travel to different countries and take agricultural/zoological pictures for them as well. The opportunity as a photographer in Hewlett-Packard's medical electronics division came along in 1969, where he worked, and commuted from his new home in Abington, for the next 10 years. We didn't get to see him for a few days during the Blizzard of '78!
Following a number of life changes, Ernie continued in the same profession, photographing industrial products for companies all over the Boston area. He'd moved to Mansfield to be in closer proximity to the major highways.
Although his father passed away in 1969, his mother stayed with him until her passing in 1985.
After working for twenty more years or so, Ernie retired. To avoid congestive heart failure, Ernie underwent heart valve replacement surgery just a few years ago in Boston in his early 80's. His recovery and following attendance at the gym have been remarkable.
One thing that's never changed is his honesty, sense of humor, and his ability to know a bit about everything!

If it wasn't for Enie, the SHPC Gazette might cease to exist. Ernie has been helping to fill up the empty space in this humble little newsletter since he first became a member back in November of 2009. From tobacco reviews, to musings about the golden years of pipe smoking, to some outstanding pipe centric short stories about the good guys catching the bad guys; you just never know what's going to come next. If you've missed any of Ernie's writings you can find links to them below.

Happy 90th Birthday Ernie

Musings and Stories by Ernie Whitenack

Slideshow of the Month
Ernie and Friends

The March raffle tins come from James Fox, established in Dublin in 1881, and still a family-run business. Their blends, though not well known in the United States, are incomparable.

Campanile (50g)
Campanile is a blend of Virginian and flavored with pure Turkish leaf. It embodies absolutely no black tobaccos (presumably Latakia) and is a blend which is delightfully smooth and sweet down to the last shred.

The Banker's Mixture (50g)
The Bankers Mixture is possibly my favorite English-style tobacco. The incomparable aroma of this fine tobacco is due to the superfine pure Havana leaf (or at least Havana-seed; who really knows?) which has been skilfully added to give the flavor of a fine Cuban cigar.
Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

Country Squire Radio
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  |  Website
(9:30 Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Sherlock Holmes Around the Web

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
A 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 never lived.

Shows come out twice a month. iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
From 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. iTunes  |  Website

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond

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