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Subject: Pipes Digest #62 - August 8, 1991

		  Pipes Digest #62 - August 8, 1991

Welcome to new members:
	Nils Segerdahl		(??????????????????????)
	John Kingdon		(???????????????)

Good to have you aboard, gentlemen!

Pipe shows coming up:

  August 23-25:		8th Greater Bay Area Pipe Club Convention
			Hotel Sofitel
			Redwood City, CA

  October 25:		43rd Annual Pipe Smoking Contest and Convention
			International Association of Pipe Smokers' Clubs
			Radisson Riverfront Hotel
			Flint, MI

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From: ???????????????? (David Chesler)
Subject: Pipe Con

 Haven't seen a pipe digest in a few weeks (#61, 7/18).  Anyway, if there 
is further discussion of the PipeCon, I'll be out of work and idle from 
August 12 until August 23 (this has only one weekend, Aug 17-18) and I'll 
be in Chicago and San Francisco Aug 24 - Sept 5, so I could come to the 
greater NY area for a PipeCon Aug 17-18 (or mid-week), or Sept 7-8.

  - David Chesler (????????????????)

[ Would others be interested in a get-together in the NY area at
either of those times? Mail me if so. -S. ]

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From: Steve Masticola (???????????????????????)
Subject: Agriculture, Mechanics, and the Dirigible Pirates

Well, the story goes like this. Norm Carpenter was in NYC on business
for a couple of days, so I met him for dinner and a pipe at La Bonne
Soupe. (It wasn't the night the NY Pipe Club meets, so we had to do
the smoking outside of the restaurant, along with a little
exploration.) For some reason or another, I mentioned a slightly
strange-of-center bimonthly pipe lore magazine called "The
Agricultural and Mechanical Gazette", in which the Internet Pipes
Mailgroup has been listed for the last two issues. It's edited by Neil
Murray, and well worth the price of $15/year for club and convention
news, as well as the, er, "different" Dirigible Pirates stories.

Norm asked me, quite reasonably, why a pipe journal would have a name
like "The Agricultural and Mechanical Gazette." Rather than
paraphrase, I'll repeat the whole story, from Vol. 2 Issue 4, December
1990, p. 2.

"Many of our readers have written in asking questions. Questions such
as, "Where is the 'Great North Woods?', 'Who are these Dirigible
Pirates?', and 'What does it all really mean?'

"Various explanations have been offered from time to time, both by the
informed and also by the uninformed. At long last, this is an attempt
to set the record straight. Consider it a sort of Christmas present,
from us, to you.

"The story of the Dirigible Pirates, which has been accepted by most
people as a work of fiction, is in fact an historical account of
future events. That is to say, when the future becomes the past, and
the present becomes irrelevant, the story of our Pirates will become
an accepted part of our cultural and historical baggage. Suffice it to
say that when the Clean Air Police grab our society by the throat,
wrenching our pipes from between our clenched teeth, a few brave men
and women will take refuge in a place which will become known as, 'The
Great North Woods.' Anticipating their (the Pirates') need for a camp
newsletter, _The Agricultural and Mechanical Literary Gazette_ was
founded -- well in advance of their actual need! (The word 'Literary'
was eventually dropped from the title for reasons which are no longer
of interest - and we can't remember anyway.) As the title implies, the
objective of the _Gazette_ is to inform and entertain the readers
since anything of interest to a Dirigible Pirate - being folks of
simple needs - can be categorized as either agricultural or
mechanical. We initially envisioned that the _Gazette_ would be packed
with informative articles about pipes, tobaccos, the social news of
our cohort, the historical chronicle of the pirates, the husbandry of
small cereal grains and their conversion through fermentation into a
more transportable form, horticulture, the repairs of old pipe
friends, practical machine tools and material sciences. Much of this
has been accomplished and much remains ahead of us.

"And, finally, what does it all mean? We don't know. If we did, maybe
we would be writing for the _Harvard Business Review_ instead."

[ Editor's note: So how does the dang dirigible come into this? ]

In any case, Neil asks me to drop him a note about how the mailgroup
is going, and promises to include it in the next issue. Here's how I'd
describe it.

"Our membership is now over forty (in number, not age :-), and
includes folks from four continents. Unless I'm mistaken, all our
members are of the male persuasion, though women would by no means be
discouraged from joining in, except by the social bias currently
prevailing about who should be permitted to smoke a pipe. We seem to
average about one mailing every three or four weeks; they go out
whenever someone has something to contribute. There are, I am certain,
a few dyed-in-the-wool collectors in our ranks, though most of us are
just ordinary aficionados.

"I started the group two years ago when I heard of the efforts of
Elias Mazur to found a pipe newsgroup. A newsgroup is a different
beast than a mailgroup is. Anyone can read a newsgroup, and a vote
must be taken to create one. Elias called for the vote to found the
newsgroup, but was soundly shouted down by the antismokers on the net,
who are legion. (See my comments on 'flaming' below.) Hearing of this
only by chance, I contacted Elias and founded the mailgroup. Sixty-two
mailings later, we are still here, tapping and puffing happily away.

"One of the more heartening things I see happens when a new member
asks advice on how to become a pipe smoker. The old hands rally to aid
the neophyte, who, if lucky, may even make sense of all the
conflicting approaches suggested ('Buy a corncob!' 'Buy a Dunhill
ODA!' 'Use a lighter!' 'Use kitchen matches!' 'Use flint and steel!')
Some members use the mailgroup to ask about the origin of a peculiar
pipe they own, and some have gotten suggestions for pipe maintenance,
shops in cities to which they'll be traveling, etc. In this way, we
fill a niche that the pipe clubs and conventions miss.

"One thing I should explain is the term 'flaming,' which, in the world
of computer networks, means invective or insult. To avoid this, I
restrict the circulation of the mailgroup to its members only (though
anyone can become a member), and edit out flames. To date, I have not
received even one; we use flames only to light up.  :-)

"In short, we're healthy, reasonably active, and always looking for
new friends and things of tobacconicular interest. If you have access
to the Internet, please drop us a line!

"P.S. Netters use typography for their own purposes. The symbol :-) is
called a 'smiley'; turn it sideways and you'll see why. We've also
developed the symbol ~\U to represent a pipe."

If anyone has anything to add, subtract, or differentiate here, please
let me know and I'll pass the result along to Neil. I'd especially
like to know if anyone heard of the mailgroup either through the
_Gazette_ or _The Pipe Smokers' Ephemeris_.  For those of you
interested in The Agricultural and Mechanical Gazette, the address is:

	The Agricultural and Mechanical Gazette
	c/o Neil Murray
	47758 Hickory, Apt. 22305
	Wixom, MI 48393

And finally, I'll light up my old "Beehive" pot shape, the one with
the slight bend that sits on my desk imploring me to smoke it some
more, and wish you,

			Smoke in peace,
			~\U Steve.


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