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Post by sweetandsour » Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:01 am

I worked for a short time with an old chemist from Tennessee, a Vanderbilt grad. It was my first job after graduate school, and I was amazed at this guy. An alcoholic, he'd sometimes come to work already looped and I'd take care of him. He was a big jolly ladies man, always smiling, and would quote famous lines, tell jokes and recite poetry all day; and one of his favorites was Kipling's "The Ladies". His name was Bill, and everyone called him "Wild Bill". But after he got married later in life, he would correct everyone, "I used to be Wild Bill, but I'm Sweet William now".

I chuckle now when I think about it, how politically incorrect that poem was and still is. "I learned about women from her", was his favorite line. Every time Goose mentions a McClellan tobacco he points out that he "learned about McClellan from Rusty", and I always immediately think about my old long-gone friend and co-worker. But I also think about where I learned about certain tobaccos or pipes. My first tin of McClellan was Frog Morton on the Town, received from a Secret Santa that I still haven't identified and at this point don't need to know. Two or three oz of BLWB was also in that SS package. My first tins of Wilderness and the 3-Oaks series came from Lush Mojo when he was still in CO; and my first 3-Nuns was from Lush also, after he had moved to New Orleans. I wish I could remember where I learned about Presbyterian Mixture, but all I know is that it was a long time ago, and it's been a staple for a long time, before McClelland.


Thinking of Rusty, one of the things I learned from him is something that I wish I had never learned. The Bufflehead series tobaccos. Short-lived, and blended by McClellan, the recipes and I presume many or most of the ingredients are long gone or unobtainable. I've had opportunities to grab a tin of Redhead Decoy I think, here and there but at exorbitant prices that I passed on. If there was anything else I learned from Rusty it was Ben Wade pipes.
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Post by JMG » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:45 am

Cool story. "Sweet William" cracked me up.

You spelled "McClelland" correctly one time.
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Re: I Learned about ...

Post by sweetandsour » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:25 pm

JMG wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:45 am


You spelled "McClelland" correctly one time.
That was bait for Goose, but congrats to you for noticing. Good man.
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Post by Del » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:02 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:25 pm
JMG wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:45 am


You spelled "McClelland" correctly one time.
That was bait for Goose, but congrats to you for noticing. Good man.
This is goose bait....

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Re: I Learned about ...

Post by sweetandsour » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:16 pm

Del wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:02 pm
sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:25 pm
JMG wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:45 am


You spelled "McClelland" correctly one time.
That was bait for Goose, but congrats to you for noticing. Good man.
This is goose bait....

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Wrong goose. BTW, I do have a couple dozen or more of those "decoys". (Bait for that goose will get you into trouble.).
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