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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #267 -- December 30, 1999

		Pipes Digest #267 -- December 30, 1999
   Copyright (C) 1999 by Stephen P. Masticola. All rights reserved.
	       Commercial use of any part of contents,
	      including email addresses, is prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 3720

Welcome to new members:

	John Davis
	Chad Brooks
	William Smolinski
	Joseph Justice
	Wilfred Tao
	Frederick O. Shatzer
	Jay Wigley
	Gary Pillman
	Gunnar Pedersen
	Greg Peterson
	Anthony Michael Parrillo
	Jerry Boggs
	Jay Shurtz
	Matthew Smith
	Richard W. Bohlman
	Richard Bohlman
	Billy Zvos
	Domenico Reviglio
	Kenneth James Wicker
	Kurt Taber
	Tom C. Fekkes
	Jim Pearson
	John B. Conner
	Steve Harmon
	Phil Crisp
	William White
	Dan Pancaldi
	Paul Baumgartel

[Y2K] I'm taking a bit of a risk of being bitten by the Last Year of
the Millenium Bug by putting a new issue of the Digest out at this
time.  However, I wanted to refer back to Digest #136 (March 25,
1994), in which I said:

> *** Unless we act, NOW, the posession and sale of tobacco will be ***
> *** criminalized in the United States within the decade.          ***

Things haven't quite gotten that bad yet.  Lautenberg's
unconstitutional bill went nowhere, and in fact the bit of nonscience
known as the EPA secondhand smoke study has been publicly debunked
(though not as publicly as it should have been.)

However, we can't afford to rest on our laurels, or our cellared
latakia.  The antis are still applying the same social engineering
tactics, and smokers are still being systematically demonized,
leprized, and every-other-ized by the governments and the press.  They
are also using lawsuits as a tactic to drag the industry down, or
maybe to make a quick billion in contingent fees. As many have noted
here, people are not held to be responsible for their own actions and
lives -- if large sums of money are to be made by saying otherwise in

Greed and intolerance have ruled the 1990s.  Let's hope, pray, and
work so that something better will gain ground in the next.

So friends, whether you're popping Millenium 2000 lids in Times Square
or hunkered in the bunker with the Macbaren's and the MREs, have a
good time, light up your favorite, and have a quiet thought on what
comes next.  We'll see you on the other side. 

				 Smoke in peace,
				 ~\U Steve.

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	    Help Stop Prohibition  --  Keep Tobacco Legal

		      Call  --  Write  --  Vote

			Then, smoke in peace.

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From: Grant Porter <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999

Greetings Steve,

Update on the South Florida Briar Brotherhood and The Southern Pipe Expo:

SFBB now has 49 members and growing strong. Monthly meetings draw
between 18 and 25. 2 events a month are being held, the club meeting
on the third thursday and one other social type event. The newsletter
is heading for its 4th volume and the web page is alive and
well. PipeCam is back in service. PipeCam is a 30 sec. refresh camera
at the meeting so you can see the meeting LIVE on the internet.

As of this moment 57 of 60 tables are accounted for our January 8,
2000. The Southern Pipe Expo 2000 will be held at the Sheraton Boca
Raton in Boca Raton, FL.  The show will host many pipe makers and
large companies. Limited rooms are still available at hotel. So if you
need a break from the holiday rush and want to warm up from the cold,
this is the place to be!  For details see our web page-

>From Sunny and Warm Florida- Smoke in Peace,
Brother Grant Porter
President- South Florida Briar Brotherhood
Show Director- Southern Pipe Expo

[Thanks, Grant, and I do appreciate the newsletters! -S.]

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From: "Clive Humm" <??????????????????????>
Subject: The Pipe Club of London

>From Clive Humm
e-mail ??????????????????????

Hi Steve,

The message from Heinz prompts me to tell you that the Pipe Club of London
now has it's own website, at http://www.pcol.co.uk/

Many thanks to Chris Gregory, who constructed and maintains our new site.

Happy pipesmoking!


Click on this link to view my website.

[Thanks to both you and Tarek (next) for the updates! -S.]

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From: "Tarek Manadily" <????????????????>
Subject: Pipe Club of London

Hi Steve, Heinz et al.,

The address listed on the Resource Guide pages is that of Mr. Clive Humm,
who used to function as the Publicity Officer of the PCoL till he gave up
the position recently.  The following is the address of the Club's Secretary
and Treasurer:

Peter C.  Wiseman
40 Crescent Drive
Petts Wood
Kent Br5 1BD
Tel.: 01689 837761

As for the second question, I can say that it would seem to me that in
Germany there is the highest percentage of filter-pipe smokers.  As a matter
of fact, it's believe to be a "German thing".  Out of a huge number of
American friends I have, I don't know even one who smokes with filters.

Happy Pipe Smoking,

Tarek Manadily

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999

Hey Steve,

Thanks for adding me as a new member.  I was interested in the post by the 
German fellow who said that most Germans smoke a filtered pipe.  Would you 
have source information on filtered pipes?  


J. E. Thompson
Wilmington, NC

[Hmmm... perhaps Tarek could answer this? -S.]

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From: "Ian J. L. Adkins" <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 and the Loch LaSalle Gentlemen's Briar Assn.

Hello Steve and All:

	First off, I would like to heartily apologize for the demise of 
the Loch LaSalle Gentlemen's Briar Association of Niagara Falls, N.Y.  
I'm not sure demise is quite the appropriate word, since we never did 
convene a formal meeting.  However, suffice it to say, while there was 
a great deal of interest outside the Niagara Falls area, none of the 
local chaps were seriously interested in organizing, so thence went my 
noble endeavor.  Also, my apologies to subscribers of the Briars-L list 
that ran under the LLGBA's website.  My Internet access was interrupted 
for several weeks, and when I came back and found no posts had been 
made, I rather thought interest in the list had gone the same way as 
interest in the LLGBA.  This is apparently not the case, I've gotten a 
few E-mails asking whither has the list gone to.  Unfortunately, I 
don't have the time to moderate another list at present, but if there 
is anyone with experience in moderating who'd like to take up the task, 
do let me know and I'll have the list set up.  Administrivia isn't a 
problem, just the day-to-day posts to keep traffic up and keeping 
things civil when need be.

	A few people asked about filters in these past few digests.  
There is some differing opinion on them, along with aluminium traps and 
other sorts of things designed to capture condensation and keep the 
smoker from sucking up dottle and juices and what have you.  For most 
experienced smokers, there isn't much use for them.  Proper packing, 
puffing, and tamping habits will generally solve most of the problems 
that these devices attempt to remedy.  But for any smoker I say, 
whatever makes your smoke more enjoyable, by all means!  The Pipe 
Etiquette Police won't rouse you from bed at night just because you 
continue to use a filter or a trap.  I consider myself an experienced 
smoker, but I may pull out my first pipe, a gnarled old Dr. Grabow with 
a filter, and I have found that there isn't so much difference either 
way in the taste of the smoke (call me a Philistine if you will!).  I 
have also found that it's damned near impossible for one to maintain 
the proper air flow with one of these if you don't use a filter as they 
were designed to function with one.  So anyone who enjoys the 
occasional nostalgia trip with an old Grabow or Medico with a filter 
should keep a few handy.

	With regard to D. DiCarlo's post about old-fashioned shaving, I 
gave up on plastic razors a long while ago and switched to a safety 
razor that accepts double-edged razor blades, and truly, I'd never want 
to go back.  I almost never nick myself with a safety razor and they 
afford a very comfortable, close shave.  Whomever invented the 
disposable razor should be tried for crimes against humanity!  I also 
have a straight razor that was my grandfather's, but likewise I'm also 
too timid to try it out!  Unfortunately, the rigors of this crazy, 
modern life prohibit me from doing so every day, but it is a pleasure 
to shave with a mug and brush, nothing from a can ever smells quite so 
clean and fresh as the lather whipped up from a cake of Colgate shaving 
soap and hot water.  Most days, however, it is a can of Barbasol and 
tepid sink water.  :/

Until the next edition, happy puffing!


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From: "Sheldon Rutman" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999

In reply to the person who uses a shaving brush and a mug of shaving soap,
I, too, use them along with the new Gillette "Mach 3" safety razor.  The
soap is an English one (the firm has been in business since the 18th
century) and is very nice.  It comes in a wooden bowl with refills available
and was sold by Ben Silver in Charleston, SC.  It is very nice.
Caswell-Massey in New York also makes a variety of fine shaving soaps.  They
also make the cologne that George Washington used!  Rather than Bay Rum, I
prefer to use "4711 Koelnisch Wasser" made in Germany and is available in
the U.S. through various high quality department stores and perfumeries.
The Gillette razor is the best one I have ever used.  I have never used a
straight razor; I would be terribly frightened to use one.
Here's to shaving a face 'as smooth as an onion'.
Sheldon Rutman

[Glad you enjoy the safety razor, Sheldon. I used to use one when I
first started shaving, but found that the Gillette Trac 2 resulted in
a little less bloodletting. But to each his or her own. Anyway, that
last simile gives me a mental image of being, er, peeled... :-) -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: Thanks

First off thanks, to all the people who have responded to my problem, I have 
always said pipe and cigar smokers are the friendliest people. 
This is actually a response to the gentleman who wrote in about the "true old 
fashioned shave". I go every week to my barber who gives me a straight razor 
shave. Its ten minutes of pleasure! As for the using the straight razor 
myself, I am looking for the perfect one so I can start using it myself. I am 
a devoted mug 'n brush man. 
Smoke well, 
Marc OConnor

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From: ???????????????????
Subject: RE: pipe query PD #266

Dear Paul:

Hi.  I'm a fairly new pipe smoker as well..by pipe smoker standards, and i also
started with steve's introduction.  I had the same problem with several of my
pipes, though, strangely, not all.  After about three months, my Savinelli is
still tan in the very bottom of the bowl, even though I always smoke it to the
bottom...and sometimes get a mouthful of ash.  My suggestion is simply to give
it time.  The culprit seems to be the rough pipecleaner:  even one twist in the
bowl sometimes takes the cake out before it has a chance to set.

I've found there are a couple of solutions:  1) just wait, this works most of
the time; 2) don't wipe the bowl until it's cool and dry, run the cleaner down
the stem, but just loosen the ash with the pick and dump it, then let it sit a
day before you brush the loose stuff out; 3) use soft cleaners on the bowl.

I hope this helps!

--jay savage

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999

am enjoying the magazine tremendously.
im repeating my question from about 6 months ago:
does anyone know the source of "Galvin's" irish pipe tobacco.
are they still making it ?
have researched the net, asked other tobacconists here in louisiana and in 
wash,d.c., and noone knows.
please send out the inquiry in your next e-mail. thanks.
duane dargis

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From: "David L. Martin" <??????????????????????>
Subject: dog-chewing pipes


In the digest I just received, I had to laugh about the gentleman from
North Carolina (???????????????) mentioning his dog chewing up his pipe.
Years ago, in the early 1970's, I had a similiar event take place. I took
my young bride (we've been married 28 years now) out for a meal and a
movie. This didn't set well with our problematic poodle, who didn't make
the trip. Upon returning, we could see the poodle sitting on an end table
by the window, busy getting even for being left behind. This dog "consumed"
about half of my very favorite Nording pipe... it was ruined beyond belief.
After scolding the dog, we later retired for the evening. Sometimes during
the night, the poodle became sick on our bed, and lost what parts of the
pipe it consumed by not only throwing up, but doing its "business" on our
bed. Not a pleasant thing to roll into while asleep, I assure you! The next
morning, I put an ad in the newspaper, sold the poodle puppy, took the
money and bought another Nording pipe.

David Martin

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From: Philip Thompson <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: Blue Note pipe tobacco

Dear Mark,
I came across your posted question about Blue Note pipe tobacco in the
new edition of Pipes Digest.  I can be of assistance to you.

I am the Director of Development and Marketing for C.A.O. International,
Inc.  Part of my responsibilities include acting as the import manager
for pipe tobaccos such as Blue Note.  CAO regularly carries a large
inventory of pipe tobaccos including the 50 gram and 100 gram tins of
Blue Note.  Supply is good, however, Holts has not ordered any since
late October.  This blend is our number one seller.

If you would like to purchase more of this blend please call Uptown's at

I also noticed your comments about the price of tins and you being a
student.  This may be of some solace to you.  In the new year we will be
offering some of our tobacco blends in 8 ounce sealed bags at a cost
savings to our customers.  Please look for it some time in the first
quarter of next year.

You will be pleased to know that the Blue Note blend is produced in
Germany under very strict laws regarding additives and tobacco.  All of
the flavorings on the Blue Note are food grade and can be safely eaten
on their own.  This is not marketing nonsense but fact.  I have
personally tasted all of the ingredients myself all of which are natural
extracts and oils.

If you are interested in the other pipe tobaccos we carry please check
out our web site at - www.caointernational.com

Smoke in peace.

Best regards,

Philip E. Thompson

[Many thanks for this note, Philip! -S.]

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From: "Philip Burnard" <?????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999

Dear All,
Two questions that I would welcome answers to.

1. I have a range of churchwarden pipes and only smoke 
churchwardens.  I seem to have ruined at least three by apparently 
burning out the point at which the smoke-hole joins the pot.  On 
these pipes, what seems to have happened is a sort of 'cave' 
develops around the hole and this means that it increases the bore 
at the pot end of the pipe.  The net result is to make sure that the 
last few puffs of the pipe give me mouthfuls of ash.

Has anyone else had this problem and am I right in thinking that I 
have burntout the bowl?  Is there anyway of rectifying the situation 
once this has happened?  These three were good pipes and its a 
shame to lose them.

2. On the subject of churchwardens, does anyone know of a maker 
who will either make me a VERY long churchwarden (about 15-20 
inches) or who will fit such a stem to a bowl - preferably in the UK 
but elsewhere if shipping is possible?  Most makers seem to use a 
fairly standard (around 12") stem.  Nothing wrong with these, of 
course, but I fancy something a bit eccentric!

Hope everyone has a good Christmas and New Year.
Best wishes,

Professor Philip Burnard, 
Vice Dean,
School of Nursing Studies
University of Wales College of Medicine,
Heath Park, Cardiff, 
Wales, UK
Phone and fax: 01222-743738

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From: "Ultraweb" <????????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes?


I greatly appreciate the assistance.

The Url is http://www.midmo-online.net/pipes


[Scott had asked for help in identifying some pipes.  As always, I
don't publish images in the Digest, but I'm always glad to publish
URLs. -S.]

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From: Michael George <???????????????????>
Subject: Re: Kirsten pipes


As usual, thank you for your efforts with the digest!

In the Nov 20 Pipes Digest, ????????????????????????????, asked about Kristen
pipes.  I have 3 and am getting one for Christmas.  I think they are decent
pipes.  IMO they smoke well and I like that they don't require much care when
smoking them.  I find they are nice for when I take walks or smoke while
driving because I don't have to fiddle with pipe cleaners as much.

If you like long smokes, the XL bowls will last 1-2 hrs.  However, they are
heavy, so you want to consider that before getting an XL on a straight or 1/4
bent -- or else plan on holding it with your hand.

I find that the stem does trap a lot of moisture and ick, and does make for a
somewhat cooler smoke, but I've also heart it said that this impedes it
building "character" like a briar or meer.

Since most moisture ends up in the metal stem, they may not need as much rest
as a full-briar pipe, but I give my pipes lots of rest so I don't know for

To clean the crap out of the stem can be a little messy.  I grew up on a farm,
and hunt.  Handling shit and guttin' critters doesn't bother me, so cleaning a
little bit of tobacco juice sure isn't going to concern me, YMMV.


No, my friend, the way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it
all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly
the functions he is competent to.  It is by dividing and subdividing these
republics from the national one down through all its subordinations, until it
ends in the administration of every man's farm by himself; by placing under
every one what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the
                -- Thomas Jefferson, to Joseph Cabell, 1816

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From: Brad <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999

Dear Friends,

I have found the perfect humidor for under $2.00.  This system beats
the many expensive humidors that I have tried.  I went to WALMART and
bought a few glass jars with glass lids that have a piece of plastic
molded on to create the seal.  Above the plastic seal the glass lids
are hollow, so I cut a piece out of the plastic about the size of a
quarter with a pen knife and stuff a piece of sponge into the lid.
Wet the sponge at intervals that keep the tobacco moist to your
preference; about every few weeks.  Works great for cigars, too.

Good luck,
Brad Krones

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From: Bill Taylor <???????????????????????>
Subject: "the pipe" web site update


"the pipe" web site has a completely new look thanks to Chris Brown who
made a suggestion that led to my redesigning it using frames. I hope you
will find it much easier to navigate. This is not a commercial site, just
informative for folks who have an interest in pyrolytic graphite pipes made
in the sixties and seventies. I know of about a dozen or so collectors, two
of three of whom are pretty serious about it. (If you are a collector and
you didn't get a copy of this message before seeing it in Pipes Digest,
please ask me to add you to my list of Pipe Contacts. Conversely, if you
got this message before seeing it in Pipes Digest and don't want to get
these occasional updates, let me know and I'll remove your address from my

Please visit <http://www.billietaylor.com> and click Pipe Collector. From
there you can visit A History of "the pipe," Brochures, Advertisements, My
Collection, Collection Overview, Pipes for Sale or Trade, Pipes I Have Sold
or Traded, as well as revised How to Value "the pipe" and Smoking Links
pages. Completely new are pages about How to Clean "the pipe" and Anatomy
of "the pipe." A glitch in organization is that the Discussion of Colors of
"the pipe" is buried in the My Collection page, and I haven't solved yet
how to break it out without a lot of redundancy. Any suggestions would be
gratefully received. I would also appreciate your calling my attention to
any other flaws in organization.

My other concern is that, because I am not very experienced in frames
development, the site may not display well in some browsers. If the site
doesn't show well on your system, please let me know what kind of problem
it's having; and tell me what platform you're using, your monitor color
resolution setting, and your browser name and version number.

A big thank you to Ray Newton, who helped me solve a technical problem on
the How to Value "the pipe" page. The solution was to use JavaScript. You
will need to have JavaScript enabled on your browser to use the page. I
know some folks worry about security where JavaScript is involved and all I
can do is assure you that I have not programmed any dirty tricks on this
page. If you want to, it is a simple matter to enable JavaScript just to
use this page and then disable JavaScript to surf the net. 

Thanks to all who have helped me develop my pipe collection and the web
site; my fellow collectors of "the pipe," the many fine sellers and bidders
on eBay, and especially the editor and readers of Pipes Digest.


Bill Taylor <???????????????????????>


[I haven't checked your page out yet, but it certainly seems like it
will be an asset to the community. By the way, you might want to
consider keeping a non-frame version around, because it is easier to
bookmark a specific page without the frames. Thanks! -S.]

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From: "Lourdes C." <????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipe Smoking Women [Pipes Digest #266)

Jeff Culbreath wrote:
> Fortunately, like chess, pipe-smoking holds little attraction for the
> vast majority of feminine female women, and will likely remain one of
> the last enclaves of male exclusivity in spite of commercially and
> ideologically inspired propaganda.
> For the preservation of the fairer sex, 

Jeff writes: "for the preservation of the fairer sex"...  Speaking for myself
(who is considered by others to be a very feminine female), this is exactly
WHY I prefer pipe smoking.  It is because I want to "preserve" my health.  I
am very unhappy with the chemicals and additives in cigarettes, yet I
thoroughly enjoy tobacco.  I did try cigars but I found that I prefer the
"ritual" of smoking a pipe.  And, much to my delight and surprise, I found
that smoking a pipe was much more relaxing than either cigarettes or cigars. 

I could be wrong, but I believe my good briar pipe and high quality pipe
tobacco provide a more natural alternative to the cancer sticks.  I believe
that most, if not all, the diseases that are supposedly caused by cigarettes
are not caused by the tobacco but all the other junk they put in the

My daughters and I also think the smell of pipe tobacco on a woman is more
"feminine" than the smell of cigarettes.  It is for this reason that they
prefer I smoke my pipe in the house instead of cigarettes.  (And I don't smoke
the flavored "sweet" stuff either!)

And, just for the record, although I don't get to play as often as I'd like, I
do enjoy chess.  My dad started teaching me the game when I was in
kindergarten.  Unfortunately, I've never had a boyfriend who knew how to play
(or was interested in learning).


For the preservation of health and the enjoyment of life,
Lourdes Claveria

Get free email and a permanent address at http://www.netaddress.com/?N=1

[Thanks for the note, Lourdes!  I agree entirely. -S.]

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From: "Brooks, Chad" <???????????????????>
Subject: Joining the digest

[Administrativa deleted. -S.]

      New pipe smoker question:
			Why does smoking a pipe become harsher at about the
halfway point?  Am I doing something wrong?  How do you get rid of tobacco
breath?  I've been enjoying your back issues.
						Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks
PVD Technician

[It's because the oils from the smoke accumulate in the unsmoked
tobacco, so they tend to concentrate toward the end.  The same effect
applies to cigars too. -S.]

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From: ???????????????????
Subject: posting from pipes page

I've just seen an HBO Original Movie called "RKO 281". It deals with
not only the making of one of the greates movies (some say the
greatest) of all time, "Citizen Kane", but also the efforts of Media
power broker William Randolph Hearst and his attempts to supress the
films release. I watched the movie because I am a rabid Orson Welles
fan and while I'm not willing to say that "Kane" is the greatest movie
ever made (unlike the American Film Institute), I will say that it is
an outstanding film, one of my favorites, and I urge everyone to see
it. Being of the opinon that Welles was a genius, I was eagar to see
how actor Lev Schrieber would portray him. I assumed that there would
be at least a scene or two with Welles smoking a pipe. Anyone who
knows anything about Welles knows that he was, at this period of his
life, an avid pipesmoker and was seldom scene without a pipe either in
mouth or hand. So it was quite puzzling that Schrieber's performance
did not include even one brief scene with a pipe. Not a pipe in his
mouth, not a pipe in his hand, not a pipe resting on a table beside
him, NO PIPES!!!! Instead the actor is scene smoking cigarettes, which
Welles may or may not have done, and in a few scenes he is depicted
with a fat cigar in his mouth. Welles loved a good cigar, but that
really came much later in life. When he was young he smoked a pipe and
often. They don't even show him smoking a pipe in the scenes of "Kane"
which they recreate (the title character, Charles Foster Kane, also
smokes a pipe). Perhaps I'm making too big a deal about it but it just
strikes me as really poor research, or perhaps it was calculated for
whatever bizarre reason. I guess it's a case of artistic
license. Would Mr. Schreiber also portray Elvis Presley as a
flat-footed Opera singer??? If your an actor hired to portray a famous
person you really oughta to do your homework.

[Yes, there are a lot of pictures with Welles with a pipe, and those
who remember his TV series will also recall the opening shot with the
cigar. But I can't recall ever seeing any image of Welles with a
cigarette. -S.]

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From: "LTC John W. Perkowski" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: More on Mister Hacker ...

The Greetings of God during the season to you and Jean, Steve!

>From sources, I've since found out that Mister Hacker was not a staff
accountant for The Tinder Box, Inc.  So much for a piece of arcane
knowledge and Indian lore.

My sources tell me Mister Hacker was a product developer and public
relations man for Tinder Box.

In other words, Mister Hacker is a flacker.  That still does not 
explain why he did not show his smiling face at CORPS this year, with a
new book on collecting on the street...

Smoke in peace, John

Do You Yahoo!?
Thousands of Stores.  Millions of Products.  All in one place.
Yahoo! Shopping: http://shopping.yahoo.com

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From: Jack Atwell <????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999

  hi all i am looking for a tobacco blend that is no longer carried by
the tobacco store i go to they say it has been discontinued it is
called .....chocolate decatance made by peter stokklbee spelling isnt
correct sorry any leads to find more of this blend will be wonderful
also is there anyone who is on icq who wants to chat bout pipes let me
know i am looking for people who want to chat mirc is agood place but
it is always a little too busy thanks for any response

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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: quote

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do

	- Attributed to Edmund Burke.

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From: "Laurence Steinman" <??????????????????>
Subject: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Dear Pipe friends and acquaintances,

Hopey you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Century and...

Laurence Steinman

Translations - Interpreting - Proofreading - Editing

English-Italian / Italian-English


[And the same to you! However, Christmas was probably a bit much for
the Santa in the next article... -S.]

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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Crook Robs Santa, Breaks Pipe

[Originally on abcnews.com, but I couldn't bookmark the article. -S.]

Crime Blotter
Peculiar Tales of Crime and Criminality 


MINNEAPOLIS   Bah, humbug.

Santa Claus was punched in the face while manning a Salvation Army
donation bucket downtown and is now ringing his bell in the suburbs,
where he gets a friendlier reception.

Walter Stofferahn, 64, was wearing a Santa Claus suit recently when a
man walked up to him and demanded money.

"He didn't want the money from the kettle; he wanted my money,"
Stofferahn said. "I told him I didn't have any."

The man started walking away but then returned and belted Stofferahn
in the jaw, knocking his pipe out of his mouth and breaking it.

A busload of people saw the assault, including an off-duty Minneapolis
homicide officer, Sgt. Pete Jackson.  "Numerous people on the bus
became enraged by this and some were yelling, 'That guy hit Santa

Jackson wrote later in his report.  "One guy on the bus was giving
[the assailant] the riot act," Stofferahn recalled. "He was saying,
'Don't you ever hit Santa!'"

Jackson got off the bus and arrested Herman Strong, who was walking
away. Strong, who has been arrested 14 times in the past two years for
such misdemeanors as loitering with an open bottle, was charged with
fifth-degree assault.

[At least the story has a happy ending. -S.]

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From: Doug Friedman <???????????????????>
Subject: Need Your Advice


Merry Christmas.  I need your advice on something that has been
troubling me regarding pipes and pipe merchants.

Typically pipe shops and the folks that own and worked in them are the
friendliest, down to earth people I've run across.  But I've just run
across one shop in Atlanta (Royal Cigar/Tobacco Warehouse) where the
owner is not so ethical.

I've been a pipe smoker for many years, and travel alot on business.  My
best pipe, a Dunhill Shell Briar (1963) had a lose tennon that I brought
into this Atlanta pipe shop to see if they could repair it.  They said
they could, and gave me a reciept that clearly says "repair stem".  When
I recieved the pipe back, not only wasn't the stem repaired but the
shank was cracked.

Of course this didn't make my day.  When I called the owner, she said
that the pipe repairman wouldn't have broken the shank and not say
anything about it (what does that mean?).  She said she definitely would
not replace the pipe and would have a silver band put on it if I sent it
back.  She clearly wanted to take little responsibility for my pipe
being damaged (would only pay $15 if I had the pipe repaired myself,
after I sent her a reciept!).

My question is  - have you run across anything like this before, and
what course of action would you take if this happened to you.

Your advice is appeciated.  Happy holiday season.

Doug Friedman

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From: Maurizio Tombari <????????????????>
Subject: Best Wishes

Hallo Steve,
Right in the beginning my warm thanks for your prcious work in '99,
 then I'd like wish you the best for a Merry Little Christmas and  an
happy New Year


Maurizio Tombari "Le Nuvole"
Briar pipe maker - http://www.pipe.it
Via Passeri 167 - 61100 Pesaro, Italy
Tel./Fax +39 0721 30750

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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: SMOKE and PIPEsmoke

I last sent you a missive about the missing PIPEsmoke magazine after the
marketing person at SMOKE promised a refund for the unused portion of the
subsciption -- a full year in my case. That was October 15, shortly after we
received the first PIPEsmoke-less SMOKE magazine.

Lo and behold what before my wonderous eyes did appear in mid-December, but
another $%^&*I(! SMOKE magazine without PIPEsmoke -- and still no refund
check. This time we were promised a check "within two weeks." That was
yesterday. Today they're not even answering the phones at SMOKE mag. While
I will stop short of saying I was lied to (TWICE) I still don't have any
refund. Has anyone gotten any results?

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From: ???????????????????????
Subject: posting from pipes page

I am interested in marketing a line of pipes to a target market that includes 
ceramic bowls that can be painted in a variety of colors. If anyone knows
of a manufacturer that can supply these in a variety of shapes and specified
colors and in large quantities, please advise.
Larry Bell

[Lepeltier and Zenith used to make ceramic pipes.  There are also some
listings for clay pipe makers in the Resource Guide,
http://www.pipes.org/resource_guide.html, if you're interested in the
traditional clays. Lepeltier's address is in the Guide too, and I
believe they do custom decorations. -S.]

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From: ???????????????
Subject: lost address

Hi  Steve
Shortly after my article in the the last digest i received an e-mail from a 
fellow asking about some lighter english blends that i smoke inside To my 
sorrow during the process of switching from one computer to another his name 
and address have been lost If he would please drop me another line i would be 
very glad to get in contact with him.

Larry Luffman

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From: ??????????????????????????????????
Subject: Ben Irvin

     For Mr. Breylinger, who was wondering the whereabouts of Ben Irvin, he 
     recently moved from Montana to Arizona.  This last month I ordered 
     some tobacco from him at "??????????????????????         I copy Steve 
     with this message in hopes you forward to your readers.  For those of
     you not acquainted with Mr. Irvin he makes wonderfully carved tampers 
     out of Flathead cherry wood.  He also blends tobacco with what can 
     only be described as a mystical hand.  Well worth a try.

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From: Phoebus Auction Gallery <???????????????????>
Subject: Pipes Collection in Y2K Auction 

Pipe People;
The Phoebus Auction Gallery will feature a section of Pipes and such in our
New Years Day Auction Jan 1st 2000.  The pipes included are listed below.
Bidding must be done by 12 Noon EST. New Years Day.
Pipes.  Absentee bids can be sent to ???????????????????????  Please
include the item number.

[Bid listing deleted; please see the http://www.phoebusauction.com web
page for the pipes being auctioned. -S.]

Thanks for joining us
Gail & Bill

"We Recycle the Finest"

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From: "Alan" <?????????????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999

[OK, so where DOES an 800-pound gorilla smoke a cigar? -S.]

Answer, anywhere he wants to!!
Do you know anyone who would ask "please don't blow your smoke over me"?.

[A 900-pound gorilla? -S.]

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Quote of the Week:

  "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do

				- Attributed to Edmund Burke.

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #267 -- December 30, 1999
  2. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999
  3. Subject: The Pipe Club of London
  4. Subject: Pipe Club of London
  5. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999
  6. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 and the Loch LaSalle Gentlemen's Briar Assn.
  7. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999
  8. Subject: Thanks
  9. Subject: RE: pipe query PD #266
  10. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999
  11. Subject: dog-chewing pipes
  12. Subject: Blue Note pipe tobacco
  13. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999
  14. Subject: RE: Pipes?
  15. Subject: Re: Kirsten pipes
  16. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999
  17. Subject: "the pipe" web site update
  18. Subject: Re: Pipe Smoking Women [Pipes Digest #266)
  19. Subject: Joining the digest
  20. Subject: posting from pipes page
  21. Subject: More on Mister Hacker ...
  22. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999
  23. Subject: quote
  24. Subject: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
  25. Subject: Crook Robs Santa, Breaks Pipe
  26. Subject: Need Your Advice
  27. Subject: Best Wishes
  28. Subject: SMOKE and PIPEsmoke
  29. Subject: posting from pipes page
  30. Subject: lost address
  31. Subject: Ben Irvin
  32. Subject: Pipes Collection in Y2K Auction
  33. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #266 -- December 12, 1999
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