The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 25

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for tuning in to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show. Our loyal listeners is what makes it all worth it. We have a great show lined up for our 25th Episode  For tonight, Brian will talk about “the water in the tobacco factory” and how he can tell which factory a tobacco comes from. (People that know about New York bread, or San Francisco sourdough will get it right away.) Our featured guest is Fred Brown. Fred is of course, a pipe smoker. He is a long-time newspaper journalist / reporter for over 45-years working for several newspapers covering just about every topic area under the sun—“from war zones to end zones”. He has an occasional column on—Pipe Smoker’s of the Past. We have a nice relaxing song to smoke a pipe by, and you’ll need to be relaxed going into the rant…

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7 Responses

  • I tend to agree about the water in the factory point you made. I prefer McClelland and try others, but keep coming back to their blends. I concur with the C&D comparison to a dry white wine. But I keep coming back to McClelland’s #5100.
    Interesting how pipes and journalism connect. The conversation with Fred Brown was exceptional. C.S. Lewis’ smoking buddy was J.R.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) and both were Oxford Dons and members of the inklings. So, what were Fred’s responses to the top 5 quick questions?
    Brian, I think a future program should have Fred interviewing you.
    You need to try some of Bill Kotyk’s coffee.
    You may wish to read my article “Interview” which was published in ‘The Pipe Collector’ journal from NASPC which can be found here:
    I did not realize that the situation presented in the article would come sooner than I thought.
    Nice program, Keep up the good work!!

  • One of my favorite interviews to date! Now to spend a day off reading all of Fred Browns’ stories. A memoir would also be a great read.
    Never thought of the water in a tobacco factory having to do with particular traits in blends. As a side note, I have been listening to older shows and the sound quality has improved greatly. Keep up the good work!

  • Just a sensational show. Fred Brown was really interesting. He has that Shelby Foote style of speaking that just draws the listener in and makes you feel comfortable.
    I do think the different tobacco companies products do have a personality to them. But it is anywhere near in all their blends. I am a big fan of all the companies discussed, particularly McClelland, and know of a number of blends for each that are outside of that personality.

  • Late entry. As I am still not a big fan of the musical interlude on the show I did enjoy “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole. Getting ready for school when I was around 10 or 11 my parents would always watch the news on our little 13″ kitchen TV. For many weeks the same Nat King Cole greatest hits album commercial would play and I found myself liking all the songs and singing along with them. I saved up my allowance and bought the album and used to listen to it on my kid sized record player. Nature Boy was one of my favorites along with “Walking My Baby Back Home”. I didn’t realize Nat was a pipe smoker which now makes the songs even better. Fond memories. – Nelson

  • entertaining show as always.
    never thought water could impart such flavors; i.e. plum with mac baran’s.
    think i’ll download a little Nat King Cole!