Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 382

Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 382!  Our featured interview tonight is with with Paul E. Allen, author of the book, “When Tobacco was King”. The book discusses tobacco from 1927 to 1972 in the areas of social history, business, travel stories, and philanthropy based on his father’s career in the tobacco industry. He was the President of the Canadian Leaf Tobacco Company, which was the second largest purchaser and processer of tobacco in Canada.  In Pipe Parts, Brian will discuss one of the the parts of the tamper, the pick, which is used to help get the leftover ashes out, but you have to be careful with it. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Paul Allen, Author of "When Tobacco Was King"
Paul Allen, Author of “When Tobacco Was King”
When Tobacco Was King Book
When Tobacco Was King Book

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Interview with Paul E. Allen, author of the book, "When Tobacco was King".

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3 Responses

  • Hi Brian
    A very enjoyable conversation with Mr.Allen and I am thinking about picking up his book. Slightly disappointed that he doesn’t smoke a pipe. I suppose a tutorial on the tamper pick might be necessary but it seems a bit of a stretch.
    I notice that you got away from the co-hosted shows. Whatever happened to the Shane Ireland and Thom Provost co-hosting? Or are there others that could co-host once in awhile? When Jeff Gracik is on with you it is also fun. Still, always a pleasure to listen.

  • When it comes to tampers the simple pipe nail works best for me despite all the custom tampers I own.
    I had high hopes for this episode but ended up disappointed. Paul was interested in what he wanted to talk about but he lacked the ability to get me interested in what he was saying. I guess the problem was him being a total non-smoker he just couldn’t create a common ground for us.
    Do like me some Satchmo!

  • Great episode, I’m heading straight to Amazon to purchase my copy of When Tobacco Was King. I’m sure it will be an interesting read. I’ve been smoking a pipe since 1979, but it probably took me another ten years to figure out what that little poker was for. I knew the obvious function, clearing out a plugged mortise, but it wasn’t until I was in a tobacco shop, and dumping out an overly packed pipes, that an old timer said “why don’t you just poke some air holes with your poker”? Ah Ha! It finally made sense what the main function of the poker was.