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58 It’s Good to be the King
On his hit primetime sitcom, “The King of Queens,” Kevin James plays Doug Heffernan, a married and harried UPS delivery driver, In real life, he lives in L.A., golfs with Clint Eastwood, and hangs out with pro athletes. Yet, the easy-going native of Long Island claims that his character is just an exaggerated version of himself. From college dropout, to struggling standup, to primetime TV star, James has remained a blue-collar guy doing a white-collar job. He’s also quite busy: between acting in the show, hosting numerous TV specials, and continuing to do live comedy shows on the road, he barely has time to kick back and enjoy a good cigar.
BY MARK BERNARDO
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN JOHNSON

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38 Saluting the Men in Blue
They’ve been spat upon, insulted, cursed, punched, and assaulted with bricks and bottles. They’ve feuded with fans, players, managers, and the media. And some of them have added as much color to baseball’s lore as some of the game’s most legendary players. They are the umpires, and these are their stories.
BY JACK CONNELLY
44 Catfish Hunters
To paraphrase the old chestnut, “There's more than one way to skin a catfish,” but most would never think of doing it this particular way: no knobs, no rods, no reels, just man vs. fish in one-on-one, bare-knuckle combat It’s called noodling, and it’s where fishing meets the WWE.
BY ADAM BUCKLEY COHEN
50 Wrap Moguls
What do Brazil, Ecuador and Costa Rica have in common? Besides lush tropical jungles, eco-tourism, and volcanoes, they’re making some of your favorite cigar wrappers. As the art of growing and rolling tobacco spreads, these three nations may be the cigar industry's best-kept secrets.
BY MARK BERNARDO

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