The Pipes Magazine Radio Show – Episode 307

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! Tonight’s show will be the third in our Summer Series featuring Storytime with Alan Schwartz. Alan has been smoking pipes, and in the business his entire life. He has been an importer / distributor of pipes and tobaccos, and the publisher of PipeSMOKE Magazine. In this episode we will talk about how Alan got into the pipe wholesale business. Brian will also talk about a pipe patent and author Kurt Vonnegut. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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4 Responses

  • Another great show. As a patent agent and a fan of Vonnegut, I was very glad that you covered that and I went to look at his pipe patent again. Which reminds me that his brother, Bernard, was a prolific inventor, patenting the use of silver iodide to seed clouds and cause ice crystallization while working at General Electric. Kurt used this in Cat’s Cradle and other stories. Sorry, moving on, looking forward to next week.

  • Another good show featuring Alan Schwartz. You don’t have much to do when he’s on. Just wind him up and and let him talk.
    This marijuana thing is the damndest thing I ever seen. Thosem guys are telling people where and when their going to smoke and the do-gooders are falling all over themselves to be sure it happens.

  • So far this was my favorite Schwartz segment. Getting to hear how he got in to the industry was very enjoyable for me. It is annoying how many results you have to scroll through when doing an internet search for pipes, now that marijuana is getting legalized in more states. As far as the jazz, that was quite the piece of music! Thanks for your hard work and pleasant smokes!

  • The radio show is enjoyable and thought provoking every week. I listen, I think and too often fail to leave a comment.
    The Alan Schwartz interviews have been delightful. I really enjoyed the story about the old Atlas Blending company.
    The first time I heard of Atlas was when Craig Tarler loaded up what was left of the company into his vehicle and started C&D. In the early years of C&D Craig would ask you if you wanted your tobacco pressed. When your tobacco arrived it was packed in left over tobacco bags that carried the Atlas name and an image of a Knight.
    What I also I liked about the Schwartz interview was that I was able to put a face and voice to that great cigar article he wrote for the March 1984 issue of Connoisseur Magazine. From a time he wrote it to the dawn of Cigar Aficionado magazine that article was really significant for anyone trying to learn about cigars. I do not know how many second hand book stores I had to visit during that time period to find a copy, but I found one.
    I have been contemplating three episodes 291 Eric Hollenbeck, 293 Eugene Umberger and 294 Per Jensen.
    Eric Hollenbeck is a non hobbyist pipe smoker. That would not have been an anomaly a few short decades ago but now that genre of pipe smoker seems like an endangered species. The fact that he is a pipe smoker is a good enough hook to introduce a man of character dedicated to service. Thank You for bringing him to us.
    Eugene Umberger interview was a trip down memory lane. I remember buying and reading the books Eugene mentioned as well as looking forward to irregular delivery of the Pipe Smokers Ephemeris. Modern internet denizens would probably chaff at the “curated” nature of the Ephemeris but we eagerly embraced the eclectic selections Tom Dunn provided. Interviews like Umberger’s reminds me that the second hand nostalgia that brought me into pipe smoking has now merged with my own experience.
    As I wrote that last sentence this admonition from the pioneering female aviator Beryl Markham came to mind”…never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead.” Your interview with the affable Per Jensen points to the future. There are still passionate people in the pipe tobacco industry trying to meet customer needs. The introduction of new blends are much welcomed even if we are still lamenting the loss of old favorites.