Thursday, February 22
Cigar Society Dinner
Tuesday, March 20
Tower Club Bar
Tuesday, April 3
Speaker: Jack Zimmerman
Tuesday, April 17
Tower Club Bar
Tuesday, May 8
Tuesday, May 22
Tower Club Bar
Tuesday, June 4
Speaker: Ted Foss
About the Cigar Society
ONE OF THE OLDEST
AND greatest traditions of the University Club is the
discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical,
scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the
company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative
individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial
amounts of tobacco and spirits.
Club Cigar Society embraces this tradition and extends it
with its fortnightly Informal Smokers, monthly
University Series lectures, and quarterly Cigar Society Dinners,
in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes,
appear as an important component of our version of the classical
Smokers meet at the round table in the Tower Club bar.
There are no reservations or cover charges, and each member
signs his own chit for drinks a lá carte. Sometimes a
theme is published in
advance, but the table talk always strays.
The format of the Cigar Society University Series
includes cocktails at 5:15pm, a lecture or reading starting at
5:30 sharp for about thirty minutes, and discussion and more
cocktails to follow.
Premium open bar and light snacks are included in University
Series events; members sign a chit for $30 and guests may pay $40
(inclusive) in cash.
Club and Tower Club members and their guests are invited to all
Cigar Society events.
To be included in
the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the Secretary, Curtis
Tuckey, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With my cigar, I'm sage and wise;
without, I'm dull as cloudy skies.
When smoking, all my
when not, they sink upon the floor.
greatest men have all been smokers.
And so were all the
University Club Cigar Society
Officers for 2007
David O'Connor, King.
Gerald I. Bauman, Treasurer.
J. Douglas Johnson, Liaison to Chicago
Croquet Club (Honorary).
Jeffrey Dean, Chair of the Subcommittee concerning Pipe Smoking.
Alexander Sherman, Metropolitan Philosopher.
John H. Nelson, Herald.
Dinner, Thursday, February 22, Tower Club, 5:30.
The Cigar Society's Winter Cigar Dinner will be held this
Thursday at the Tower Club (Civic Opera Building, 39th floor).
The Tower Club's new executive chef, Kristopher Murray, a Kendall
College graduate and former executive chef at the Chicago Yacht
Club, will be preparing his inaugural dinner for us
on this day, the 275th anniversary of George Washington's birthday
(February 22). See also
our Readings for Washington's Birthday,
journalist Rick Kogan will be our guest speaker.
He'll read from his new book about the history of the Billy Goat
Tavern, and have copies available for signing. Cocktails at 5:30, dinner
at 6:00. Author's remarks during and following dinner. Members
are asked to bring old tavern stories (or old tavern owners) to share. $75
includes cocktails, dinner, and wine. Bring your own
cigars. RSVP ASAP to Sarah Lewis.
It is our good fortune that Rick Kogan, of a
fabled Chicago legacy, has put forth a work so whimsical, wistful, and
wondrous. —Studs Terkel
Winter Cigar Dinner Menu
Shrimp cocktail, Oysters, and
Cheeses and Crudites
Truffle Scented New England Clam Chowder
in Puff Pastry
Grilled Kobe Hanger Steak in
Green Peppercorn Cognac Sauce
Horseradish Whipped Potatoes
Martha Washington’s Warm Cherry Pie
White Chocolate Ice Cream
for Washington's Birthday
On this the 275th anniversary of the birth of George Washington —
First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen
— we have included a few tidbits about Washington, tobacco, and
whiskey, as well as an Ode for General Washington's Birthday by our
favorite scotch drinker, Robert Burns.
Recommended reading for Presidents Day:
Our Presidents and Cigars from Cigar Aficionado.
- After retiring from the presidency in March 1797, Washington
returned to Mount Vernon with a profound sense of relief. He devoted
much time to farming and, in that year, constructed a 2,250 square
foot distillery, which was one of the largest in the new
republic. Two years later, he produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey,
worth $7,500. The distillery has been extensively renovated and
restored, and will open to the public later this year. The reconstructed distillery and currently operating gristmill
will make Mount Vernon the only historic site in the country
capable of showing the distilling process from crop to finished
product. For more information, see the following
If you can't send money, send tobacco. —George Washington to the Continental Congress, 1776.
Ode for General
Washington's Birthday (1794)
No Spartan tube, no Attic shell,
No lyre Aeolian I awake;
'Tis liberty's bold note I swell,
Thy harp, Columbia, let me take!
See gathering thousands, while I sing,
A broken chain exulting bring,
And dash it in a tyrant's face,
And dare him to his very beard,
And tell him he no more is feared-
No more the despot of Columbia's race!
A tyrant's proudest insults brav'd,
They shout—a People freed! They hail an Empire saved.
Where is man's god-like form?
Where is that brow erect and bold-
That eye that can unmov'd behold
The wildest rage, the loudest storm
That e'er created fury dared to raise?
Avaunt! thou caitiff, servile, base,
That tremblest at a despot's nod,
Yet, crouching under the iron rod,
Canst laud the hand that struck th' insulting blow!
Art thou of man's Imperial line?
Dost boast that countenance divine?
Each skulking feature answers, No!
But come, ye sons of Liberty,
Columbia's offspring, brave as free,
In danger's hour still flaming in the van,
Ye know, and dare maintain, the Royalty of Man!
Alfred! on thy starry throne,
Surrounded by the tuneful choir,
The bards that erst have struck the patriot lyre,
And rous'd the freeborn Briton's soul of fire,
No more thy England own!
Dare injured nations form the great design,
To make detested tyrants bleed?
Thy England execrates the glorious deed!
Beneath her hostile banners waving,
Every pang of honour braving,
England in thunder calls, "The tyrant's cause is mine!"
That hour accurst how did the fiends rejoice
And hell, thro' all her confines, raise the exulting voice,
That hour which saw the generous English name
Linkt with such damned deeds of everlasting shame!
Thee, Caledonia! thy wild heaths among,
Fam'd for the martial deed, the heaven-taught song,
To thee I turn with swimming eyes;
Where is that soul of Freedom fled?
Immingled with the mighty dead,
Beneath that hallow'd turf where Wallace lies
Hear it not, Wallace! in thy bed of death.
Ye babbling winds! in silence sweep,
Disturb not ye the hero's sleep,
Nor give the coward secret breath!
Is this the ancient Caledonian form,
Firm as the rock, resistless as the storm?
Show me that eye which shot immortal hate,
Blasting the despot's proudest bearing;
Show me that arm which, nerv'd with thundering fate,
Crush'd Usurpation's boldest daring!-
Dark-quench'd as yonder sinking star,
No more that glance lightens afar;
That palsied arm no more whirls on the waste of war.
Smokers Corner, by Jeffrey Dean
Pipe carved with the likeness of George
events. . .
Series, Tuesday, March 6, Tower Club, 5:15.
Robert Wallace, professor of
classics at Northwestern University and cigar club regular, will present
A Whirlwind Tour through Greek and Roman Coins,
from the world's first issues struck in western Asia
Minor in the sixth century BC, to the silver-washed masterpieces of
ancient art that marked the fall of Rome. A bit of economic history,
bit of politics, a slide-show of lots of smashing images, and plenty of
glittering silver and gold. Cocktails at 5:15; lecture at 5:30;
discussion to follow at 6:00. $30 includes open bar and light
hors d'oeuvres. RSVP to
Professor Wallace (BA Columbia
'72, MA Oxford '77, PhD Harvard '84) has an ongoing project with the
American Numismatic Society to analyze the metallic composition of early
electrum coinage. He is recently co-editor of Poet,
Public, and Performance in Ancient Greece (Hopkins, 1997), and is
currently writing a book about Damon, the Greek music theorist and teacher
Series, Tuesday, April 3, Tower Club
author Jack Zimmerman will join the Cigar Society to open the
spring baseball season with readings from his southside-Chicago baseball
novel, Gods of the Andes. Cocktails at 5:15, reading at 5:30,
discussion to follow at 6:00. $30 includes open bar and light
hors d'oeuvres. Bring your own cigars. RSVP to
Jack Zimmerman grew up on the
southwest side of Chicago and graduated from the Chicago Conservatory of
Music. He spent four years in the Navy during the Vietnam War and worked
as a college instructor, freelance trombone player, piano tuner,
newspaper columnist, and PR man. Presently, he works in the public
relations department of Lyric Opera of Chicago and writes newspaper
columns for Liberty Suburban Newspapers and
the Chicago Journal. His novel, Gods of the Andes, was published by New Leaf
Books in September 2006, and a collection of his short writings, 10,000 Years
in the Suburbs, was published in 1994 by Lake View Press. He
lives in Chicago with his wife, Charlene.
Jack Zimmerman writes like the guy next
door—if you happen to live next door to Richard Russo, Studs Terkel,
or Mark Twain. Gods
of the Andes is funny, touching, compassionate, the story of
all of us who grew up on pavement in the city with the big shoulders.
Series, Tuesday, May 8, Tower Club
Charles Wheelan, club member and lecturer in public policy at the
University of Chicago, will talk about his forthcoming book, An
Introduction to Public Policy. Cocktails at 5:15, lecture at
5:30, discussion to follow at 6:00.
$30 includes open bar and light hors d'oeuvres. Bring your own cigars. RSVP to
Wheelan has a PhD in public policy from the University of
Chicago's Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies and a Master
of Public Affairs from Princeton. He is the author of
Naked Economics, a book that the Chicago Tribune
described as "clear, concise, informative, and (gasp) witty."
He also wrote a series of essays to accompany Terry Evans's photographs
for their recent book,
Revealing Chicago. He is currently the author of a regular
The Naked Economist, and a frequent contributor to the Motley Fool on
National Public Radio and to 848 on WBEZ. He lives in Chicago
with his wife and three children.