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 email@example.com.
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
Smoker, Tuesday, March 20, Tower Club, 5:00
"I shall return," cigar club anchor David O'Connor (Holy
Cross '68), with a retinue of a dozen or so others, retreated from Chicago,
Illinois to Dublin, Ireland for a St. Patrick's Day celebration, knowing
full well he would not return in time to recount anecdotes for the Cigar
Society on the 65th anniversary of Douglas MacArthur's famous utterance,
on March 20, 1942 in South Australia, as he retreated, on orders from
President Franklin Roosevelt, from his
worsening position in Bataan, in the Battle of the Philippines. Nevertheless the Cigar
Society shall meet for an Informal Smoker in the bar at
the Tower Club on this day, from 5-7pm (at least). No need to
notable MacArthur anecdote concerns both the Philippines and the
Chicago-based William Wrigley Company:
August 1943, US Colonel Courtney Whitney suggested that Macarthur's
“I shall return" promise be used as propaganda to the
Philippine people and that items bearing the message be dropped from
planes over the Philippines. Not long after his forced departure from
the Philippines, General MacArthur bought up the entire
production of chewing gum made in the Wrigley’s factories in Australia,
and dropped the lot over the Japanese-occupied Philippines. Each
piece of gum was wrapped in paper bearing the promise
'I shall return —MacArthur'."
This March also marks the 105th
anniversary of William Wrigley, Jr.'s free distribution of chewing gum
as an incentive to buy a cake of soap from his father's William
Wrigley Company, whose
flagship product at the time was Wrigley's Scouring Soap.
In our last meeting, Robert Wallace
(BA Columbia '72, MA Oxford '77, PhD Harvard '84), professor of classics
at Northwestern University and cigar club regular, gave us a blockbuster
lecture on the history of coinage in A Whirlwind Tour
through Greek and Roman Coins. Etched in our memory is Professor Wallace's
delightfully learned storytelling as he balanced a cigar and a scotch in one hand
and a pointer in the other while gesticulating alternately between projections of brilliant
slides of coins and an enormous map of ancient Greece. Guests included John
Morrison, OBE (Hon.), whose Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Dinner at the
University Club adventitiously introduced Professor Wallace to the Cigar
Society, and Carl Subak, numismatic historian and author of Large Scale Coins
of the World.
for Early Spring
"Don't be flowery, Jacob."
When the year is young, what sweets are flung
By the violets, hiding, dim,
And the lilac that sways her censers high,
Whilst the skylark chants a hymn!
How sweet is the scent of the daffodil bloom,
When blithe spring decks each spray,
And the flowering thorn sheds rare perfume
Through the beautiful month of May!
What a dainty pet is the mignonette,
Whose sweets wide scattered are!
But sweeter to me than all these yet
Is the scent of a prime cigar!
Delicious airs waft the fields of June,
When the beans are all in flower;
The woodruff is fragrant in the hedge,
And the woodbine in the bower.
Sweet eglantine doth her garlands twine
For the blithe hours as they run,
And balmily sighs the meadow-sweet,
That is all in love with the sun,
Whilst new-mown hay o'er the hedgerows gay
Flings odorous airs afar;
Yet sweeter than these on the passing breeze
Is the scent of a prime cigar.
When all the beauties of Flora's court
Smile on the gay parterre,
What glorious color, what exquisite form,
And dainty scents are there!
They bask in the beam, and bend by the stream,
Like beautiful nymphs at play,
Holding dew-pearls up in each nectar cup
To the glorious God of Day.
Oh, their lives are sweet, but all too brief,
And death doth their sweetness mar;
But fragrance fine is forever thine,
My well-beloved cigar!
Series, Tuesday, April 3, Tower Club, 5:15 pm
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 Laura
Herold, Tower Club Manager.
Jack Zimmerman grew up on the
southwest side of Chicago and graduated from the Chicago Conservatory of
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, 5:15 pm
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 Laura
Herold, Tower Club Manager.
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.
University Club Cigar Society
Officers for 2007.
David O'Connor, Supreme Allied Commander. Gerald I. Bauman, Treasurer. Curtis
Tuckey, Secretary. J. Douglas Johnson, Liaison to Chicago
Croquet Club (Honorary).
Jeffrey Dean, Chair of the Subcommittee concerning Pipe Smoking.
Alexander Sherman, Metropolitan Philosopher. Thomas S. O'Brien,
Stentorian. John H. Nelson, Herald.