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Think you know Kinky?
Texan icon Richard Kinky Friedman wears many hats, but when in public, it’s mostly his signature black Stetson. He’s a musician, author, animal rights activist, candidate for public office, and all-around dispenser of common sense and folk wisdom. He’s done it all, including almost possibly bringing down the Clinton administration with a single contraband cigar.
By Evan Dashevsky, Cover photo by George Brainard

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50 Cigars & Stars: Uncle Milty gets mad
Celebrities have always been an integral part of the cigar landscape. Smoke alum Aaron Sigmond recalls dropping cigars off with legendary funnyman Milton Berle. And soon after, things start to get surreal.
By Aaron Sigmond
52 Shedding Light on Connecticut’s Tobacco Barns
The Connecticut River Valley is one of the oldest sources of cigar wrapper. Unlike much of the cigar-producing world, Connecticut has things like soaring real estate values and encroaching development to contend with. As farms succumb to progress, the giant “sheds” that farmers built to cure their acres of harvested tobacco continue to vanish. Smoke offers a photographic retrospective.
Text and Photos by Dale Cahill & Nancy Purinton

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