The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 180

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured Interview tonight is with Bob Bittner. Bob writes books and magazine articles on a wide range of topics including; travel, celebrity profiles for Family Circle, Women’s Day, and Ladies Home Journal, and even architecture for Preservation Magazine. He is also a pipe smoker and a member of In the forums, even though he hasn’t been on in a while, he goes by the handle of "rmbittner". In the "Pipe Parts" segment Brian will give us the elusive history of a little-known pipe company from Israel—The Shalom Pipe Company. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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7 Responses

  • Hi Brian,
    IPSD? I smoked a pipe! Several.
    I don’t believe I have met Robert Bittner. Like your guest, I also seem to have a reaction to perique tobacco in a blend. I can tolerate a latakia blend every now and then however it tends to dry out my throat. It leaves all the fine virginia blends for me to enjoy. I find it interesting that he was influenced early on by the blends of the Tinder Box as many of us were.
    Music – Grouch Marx, Lydia the Tattooed Lady – interesting, haven’t heard that style of music in many years.
    Rant – Twitter use, letting them know when they are wrong, especially with respect to smoking, may get you some satisfaction, but I wonder if it really does. Sorry Brian, but I do not do twitter. Got to draw the line somewhere as there is so much electronic pollution going on.
    Nice show.

  • Howdy; Really nice show. I’ve been listening for about a month and have listened back to episode 126, so far. I was smoking my old friend, a Shalom pipe, when I heard you say that today’s Pipe Parts would be on the history of that factory. Great timing as I just picked up a couple of Andersen pipes and figured they had to be made at the Shalom factory, as one of then has exactly the sane styling of rustication (with smooth windows) but a different shape to the Shalom I was smoking during your show. I was going to look it up and there you were with the info.
    Here’s to good timing!

  • NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition, or to hear the ravings of a fellow Python fan on your show. However, you were absolutely right, it was, indeed, a fun conversation with the very entertaining Mr. Bittner.
    As you have noted, many times, the pipe community is a stunningly diverse and eclectic one. And, therein lies the richness and serendipity of “The Pipes Magazine Radio Show.” Thank you.

  • Brian, great show.Shalom pipes,now that’s something else to start collecting. Poor Robert,sell your pipes for marriage.Oh well,I sold some guns for my wife’s wedding rings. Ok,a good excuse to buy more.Anyway, a great show.

  • Thanks so much for having me on the show, Brian! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, after we chatted, I realized I never mentioned the biggest writing project I’m currently doing: I’m researching my first book-length biography, of ’60s stage hypnotist Pat Collins. If anyone here has any personal memories of her, I’d love to hear about it. Thanks, again!

  • One more little tidbit: One of my best friends from high school — who starred in our 8mm movies and participated in our Python parties, is now a dresser working on Broadway. And when Spamalot opened, he had the surreal pleasure of getting to meet all of the surviving Pythons!

  • A very enjoyable broadcast! What a heartbreaking ‘memorable pipe story’! A first smoke burnout in a pipe you’ve longed to get and finally, OH NO!
    Fresh Penzance? Is that a thing? lol
    Groucho always makes me smile!