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Subject: Pipes Digest #63 - August 31, 1991

		  Pipes Digest #63 - August 31, 1991

Welcome to new members:

	Robert C. Whitehead	(????????????????????????)
	Jim Bishop		(???????????????)

and now, light up and join us, as Bob says...

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From: ??????????????????????? (Robert Whitehead)
Subject: A Greeting To All

Greetings to all my fellow pipe smokers!

I am Robert Whitehead (most call me Bob), and I am a technical
writer for Intergraph, the largest computer-aided design firm in the
United States.

I started smoking a pipe when I was a freshman at Samford University
in Birmingham, Alabama.  This was back around 1978 or so, and being
young and stupid, I picked up a Dr. Grabow and some Borkum Riff Rum
that had been sitting on the shelf at KMart for about eight months. 
Needless to say, I failed to be terribly impressed.

At the time, I was working at an ice cream store in the nearby mall.
One night, after I had just gotten off work (and gotten paid), I
wandered into The Tinder Box and met Skip Elliott, the proprietor's
son and assistant manager.  I struck up a converstion and admitted
that I was not impressed with pipes, having had such a poor
experience with the Grabow & Riff combination.

Skip, a graduate of the Tinder Box training course, offered to set
me straight.  He explained all about the origin of pipes and pipe
smoking (having some impressive texts to help), demonstrated the
proper method to pack and light a pipe, and offered to sell me an
inexpensive meerschaum-lined briar pipe and some good rum-flavored

The rest is, as they say, pipe history.

I've had my little briar for about thirteen years now; it keeps
company with three other lined briars, a straight Danish briar, a
small meerschaum, a meerschaum-capped Calabash, and my latest
acquisition:  a straight-stemmed, detachable German Schwarzvalder
(Black Forest) pipe that I brough home with me from Wiesbaden just
two weeks ago.

I prefer rum tobaccos (as that is my favorit spirit), but I am also
fond of the Trade Winds / Black Satin / Captain Black genre with
vanilla.  I also fondly remember The Tinder Box blend called V.S.O.P
(with cognac).

My first question:  has anyone dealt with Carey's Smokeshop?  I
recently received their catalog in the mail, and I'm interested in
trying the Grandma's Apple Pie blend.  If it smells and tastes as
good as its namesake, I'll be a fan for life; if it isn't, I'll be
sorely disappointed.

In my next missive:  How I converted my roommate in college from a
cigarette chain-smoker to a pipe smoker.

All the Best!
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"Commander, what are your intentions towards my daughter?"
"Your DAUGHTER? Nice to meet you."
    -- Data and Riker, "The Offspring", Stardate 43657.0

[ Looking forward to Part 2, Bob, and welcome to the group! -S. ]

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