Keeping The Smoking Lamp Lit Since 1989

May 2020

The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston will NOT meet at the usual place on Tuesday, May 5th but WILL meet on Zoom at 7:00PM with an informal room opening at 6:30 PM.  The meeting link will be sent to members.  Hope to see you all there!!

President's Message

Hi guys,
I hope you and your families and those close to you are safe and healthy. We are certainly living in a time that none of us could even imagine could be possible. I agree with local authorities that the only way to bring this to an end is by limited interaction with others and self-quarantine. Now, self-quarantine does not have to be so bad. What better excuse could we come up with to be locked in a space with our cherished briars, clays and cobs?  The six-foot safety distance does not apply to these friends. Also hope you have plenty to stuff into your bowls. If you don’t, remember all our friends at the local B&M’s are happy to ship what ever you need. If you are finding yourself a little short in the pocket please feel free to send me a private message and I’ll be sure to send you some supplies to meet your liking at no cost what so ever, nor any questions asked, nor anything expected in return.
I am sorry I missed the Zoom meeting last month and was informed it was a great success. I also learned that I was once again elected president of our prestigious club. I thank you all for your confidence and I will try and steer the ship the best I can during these trying times.
I think it’s safe to assume that the Pipe Show will be on hold until we have a better grip on how venues are going to handle large gatherings.  Maybe we can have a brief discussion about it at our next Zoom meeting.
As of now, that’s all I got. I am dying for “Chinatown Food” and hope we get back up and running by June or no later than July.  Be well my brothers and, please don’t hesitate to call if you need anything.

Peace, Kevin

Pipe Personality: Dr. Max Laffeur

Dr. Max A. Lauffer was a professor, administrator, researcher and pipe smoker. He was known for discovering a virus (a tobacco related virus no less) before it could be confirmed under the microscope and he was highly influential in the discovery of the cure for Polio when he hired Jonas Salk to work on the vaccine at Pittsburg University. Sounds like we need a few more pipe smokers working on the COVID-19 virus don't you think?

As a Fellow and Associate at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in Princeton, NJ, 1937-1944, Lauffer published the physical characteristics of a simple virus called the Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) before the electron microscope confirmed his findings at a later date. Max’s work was important because this was one of the first pictures of a virus that was ever created, thus forwarding the prevention and cure of infections from viruses. While in Princeton, Max worked in Nobel Prize winner Dr. Wendell Stanley’s influenza vaccine program supported by the US Army. He studied biophysical properties of the influenza virus, which helped pave the way for the production of flu vaccines.

Riverville Murder - Chapter 14


“You are so right. However, it will take a couple or three days to accomplish. The way I see it is: First, Goddard. We will hit all addresses, including his bar, simultaneously. If Successful, we will, as quietly as possible, start to pick-up gang members in both cities. The hope being, that we can complete the job before word gets out that we are making arrests. Who knows, we might even bag a few at Goddard’s bar when we are there. I have state detectives and troopers cruising South Boston around the clock. According to the captain, the gang is a habitual bunch; following the same daily routines with few exceptions. I’m convinced it will go quickly.”

“One thing is bothering me about Goddard. His name came to me from Mic Mitchell among a list of employees at Swenson’s Plumbing Service. It hardly seems that he would have a job as a plumber and boss two gangs at the same time.”

“Yes, that does seem strange, Grant replied. Is there any way to check this again? Can you call Mitchell?”

“Oh, yes. Mic is available most of the time, unless he is out of the office checking a job. Is this phone OK for outside calls”, Scott asked Carl.

COVID-19 Lockdown: Pipe Habits?

I asked the guys to let us know how the COVID-19 Lockdown has changed their pipe smoking habits. Al was lonely and needed a pipe smoking companion so he made one out of nearby pipe smoking accoutrement. It doesn't have a name yet so lets have a contest for who can come up with the best name. Post your answer on the SHPC Facebook page when you see this post appear. We will select a winner at the next Zoom meeting.  Read the rest of the responses. Don't forget to click "Read More Responses"  to see them all.

Al: "I've been enjoying my pipes in my new place-no need to go outside to smoke here. it's a nice change of pace. I finally got around to mixing up some cigar leaf I brought home last year. The blend is ok, but nothing special. I think I'll leave the blending to the professionals. I look forward to hearing the names you've come up with for my new friend."

Sean: "As I have been sheltering in place/working from home for the last two weeks.  I have taken to ....."

This Month's Tobacco Raffle

This month we have two versions of the famous Bengal Slices - one a reissue and the other a newer releasee (we'll also have non-latakia alternatives):

Bengal Slices is a crumble cake made from Cyprian Latakia, exceptional Orientals, sweet Virginias, and a touch of black Cavendish. Finished with a subtle top note, the result is a bright, sweet, and smoky blend with a lively, yet deep flavor and a unique aroma.
Bengal Slices White is similar to the original Bengal Slices, a blend of ribbon cut Latakia, Virginia, and Orientals that has been pressed into a crumble cake. A little lighter in body and without the top note found in the original, this blend can be enjoyed all day without tiring the palette.
Raffle will be held during the next Zoom meeting.
In case you miss any information or just want to give us feedback, please feel free to contact us.

Pipe and Tobacco Podcasts

Country Squire Radio
countrysquirelogoA weekly podcast about all things pipes and tobacco.  Beau and Jon David have a great chemistry and keep you entertained every week. Check their website for show times. They mix it up a lot YouTube  |  Website
(1:00 PM Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
PMag radio show logoA different interview every week with Brian Levine a well known member of the tobacco industry.  Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!       iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Pipe and Tamper Pipecast
PMag radio show logoA Podcast for the Tobacco Pipe Enthusiast. Interviews with pipe carvers and industry influencers. Quick tobacco reviews and segments on pipes and tobaccos. New episodes are available on the 1st and 15th of every month.     iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes Podcasts

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
IHOSElogoA 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
Trifles Cover smFrom 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

Pipe & Tobacco Episodes:    Episode 71 | Episode 83

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond

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