OLD PUEBLO PIPE
The meeting of OLD PUEBLO PIPE CLUB was held March
19th, 2003 at THE TINDERBOX INTERNATIONAL in the Williams Center at 7 PM.
In attendance were Roger, Betty, Karen , Bill, Jack, Mary Ann, Berny,
Sheldon, Carl, Suzi, Bob and Ken.
At the opening of the meeting, Billy Bailiff donated
some unopened tins of aged tobacco for Door Prizes at our upcoming PIPE SHOW in June.
Billy also suggested we have a pipe grab bag, with some estate pipes he has
acquired. Each person would pay about $5 per grab and get a chance to grab
an old estate pipe. the money would go to charity.
Jack reported that we had sold 13
tables already. Knoxville Cigar had purchased 3, Dean Laffery, the local rep for
CAO, Savinalli, Pipa Croci and others purchased 4, Bob Clair of ebriar.com, Tom
Jowoski of CA, BriarBlues of Canada, AZ carver Horace DeJarnet and new carver
Greg Clemons have reserved tables so you bet they will have quite
a variety of pipes for sale. As usual, Lowell Ellis purchased a suite room
at the Best Western to display his legions of estate and new
The OPPC Pipe Show and Exhibition will
be Saturday June 21st. There will a hospitality night sponsored by the
club the Friday night before. As usual, Best Western is geared up
for us, so call and make reservations (1-888-788-2766) and tell them you will be
here for the OPPC Show. Cost per room is $59 per night. We
will probably have something like EEgee's subs as our snacks for the
hospitality night. More information is at the following page
The caterer for the Saturday night
dinner will be arranged by our Best Western Hosts. It will be steaks and the
costs is $15 per person, though the amount is not firm
Jack report that we deposited our
donation to Walt Cannoy's recovery fund into Walt's PayPal
~~~~~~~~~~~ Members Corner
Biographies of our
(No, she doesn't
smoke a pipe)
Suzi Blanton is our Vice
President and our only Life Member. she was born in Illinois but attended and
graduated High School in Albuquerque , NM. After High School, she attended
a technical school in electronics.
She then met and married Ray
Blanton, one of our founders and first president. Ray recently left us for the
Big Fleet Reserve Meeting with Lord and is probably trying to organize a
Divine Pipe Club up there. Ray was in the USN at the time she married him,
and she was an Navy Ombudsmen, representing the families of the servicemen and
Before Ray was called up, She and Ray
had been married for 22 years and had 10 children collectively and 21
grandchildren ( that's hard to believe , she seems so young!). Now on her
own, actively seeking work and having fun too!
She is a member of the Fleet Reserve
Auxiliary, Life member of the USS TUCSON 770 Club and has actually been out to
sea on the USS Tucson! ( she did NOT, repeat did NOT get to fire any
She does wood working and is a
Dallas Cowboy Fan. One of her hobbies is collecting McDonald's Happy Meal Toys,
but that is not strange....consider us guys who collect old briar roots and
she is a consummate Beach
Bum....well...not a bum...Beach bunny is nicer.