Pipe Personalities

Stevie Ray Vaughan

(excerpted from Wikipdedia)
Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, and one of the most influential guitarists in the revival of blues in the 1980s.
Vaughan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie.

Vaughan's admiration for his brother Jimmie resulted in him trying different instruments such as the drums and saxophone. In 1961, for his seventh birthday, Vaughan received his first guitar, a toy from Sears with Western motif. Learning by ear, he diligently committed himself, following along to songs by the Nightcaps, particularly "Wine, Wine, Wine" and "Thunderbird". He listened to blues artists such as Albert King, Otis Rush, and Muddy Waters, and rock guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as jazz guitarists including Kenny Burrell. In 1963, he acquired his first electric guitar, a Gibson ES-125T, as a hand-me-down from Jimmie.

John D. MacDonald

John Dann MacDonald was born on July 24, 1916, in Sharon, Pennsylvania. During World War Two, he served in the OSS in the far east and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. While still in the military, he wrote a short story and mailed it home to his wife, simply for her entertainment. Unknown to him, she submitted it to the magazine “Story,” and it was accepted.

MacDonald is best known for the series of detective-style novels featuring Travis McGee, with an interesting twist on the usual hard-boiled character; McGee was NOT a licensed private investigator, and in most of the novels, he agrees to recover something of value for a friend or a friend of a friend; his fee is one-half the value of the object. 
IMDb Mini Biography By: Scott F. Johnson

A seasoned salvage expert, McGee lives on his houseboat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, docked in slip F-18a at the marina Bahia Mar. The marina and slip actually exist but slip F-18 is never used. A plaque of bronze can readily be seen at the slip, a memorial to MacDonald and Travis McGee.

Graham Chapman

Graham Chapman (8 Jan 1941 – 4 Oct 1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, author, and one of the six members of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python. He played authority figures such as the Colonel and the lead role in two Python films, Holy Grail and Life of Brian.
Chapman was born in Leicester and was raised in Melton Mowbray. He enjoyed science, acting, and comedy, and after graduating from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and St Bartholomew's Medical College, he turned down a career as a doctor to be a comedian. Chapman eventually established a writing partnership with John Cleese, which reached its critical peak with Monty Python in the 1970s. Chapman subsequently left Britain for Los Angeles, where he attempted to be a success on American television, speaking on the college circuit and producing the pirate film Yellowbeard, before returning to Britain in the early 1980s.
In his personal life, Chapman was openly homosexual and a strong supporter of gay rights, and was in a relationship with David Sherlock. He was an alcoholic during his time at Cambridge and the Python years, quitting shortly before working on Life of Brian.

Bill Tilman

Major Harold William "Bill" Tilman was born on 14 Feb 1898 in Wallasey in Cheshire, the son of a well-to-do sugar merchant John Hinkes Tilman and his wife Adeline Schwabe (née Rees). He was educated at Berkhamsted Boys school. At the age of 18, Tilman was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery and fought in the First World War, including the Battle of the Somme, and was twice awarded the Military Cross for bravery.

His climbing career began with his acquaintance with Eric Shipton in Kenya, East Africa, where they were both coffee growers. Beginning with their joint traverse of Mount Kenya in 1929 and their ascents of Kilimanjaro and the fabled "Mountains of the Moon" Ruwenzori, Shipton and Tilman formed one of the most famed partnerships in mountaineering history. When it came time to leave Africa, Tilman was not content with merely flying home but rode a bicycle across the continent to the West Coast where he embarked for England.
Tilman was involved in two of the 1930s Mount Everest expeditions - participating in the 1935 Reconnaissance Expedition, and reaching 27,200 feet without oxygen as the expedition leader in 1938.

Fred Bear

When chatting in an outdoor setting the legendary Fred Bear, one of the worlds greatest archers and developer of archery equipment, always has 2 things in operation - his corn cob pipe and his constantly searching eyes of the hunter. Bear has held at least four different archery records at one time.

Fred Bear was born in the town of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Although he didn't start bow hunting until he was 29 and did not master the skill for many years, he is widely regarded as a pioneer in the bow-hunting community. Bear was a world traveler, film producer, and the founder of Bear Archery, an outdoor company that still exists.

In 1947, Bear and his wife moved to Grayling, Michigan, where they lived in a tent along a river to keep their personal expenses down while trying to make a go of their bow business. Even as late as 1961, it was difficult making ends meet for Bear. The following years proved prosperous however, as more states permitted bow hunting and the sport's growth steadily increased.

William Clark Gable

William Clark Gable (February 1,1901 – November 16, 1960) was an American film actor, often referred to as "The King of Hollywood" or just simply as "The King". Gable began his career as a stage actor and appeared as an extra in silent films between 1924 and 1926, and progressed to supporting roles with a few films for MGM in 1931. The next year, he landed his first leading Hollywood role and became a leading man in more than 60 motion pictures over the next three decades.

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Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a Scottish-born inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with inventing and patenting the first practical telephone. He also co-founded the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) in 1885.

Bell's father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell's life's work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone, on March 7, 1876. Bell considered his invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study.

Many other inventions marked Bell's later life, including groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics. Although Bell was not one of the 33 founders of the National Geographic Society, he had a strong influence on the magazine while serving as the second president from January 7, 1898, until 1903.

Dr. Max A. Lauffer

Dr. Max A. Lauffer was a professor, administrator, researcher and pipe smoker. He was known for discovering a virus (a tobacco related virus no less) before it could be confirmed under the microscope and he was highly influential in the discovery of the cure for Polio when he hired Jonas Salk to work on the vaccine at Pittsburg University. Sounds like we need a few more pipe smokers working on the COVID-19 virus don't you think?

As a Fellow and Associate at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in Princeton, NJ, 1937-1944, Lauffer published the physical characteristics of a simple virus called the Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) before the electron microscope confirmed his findings at a later date. Max’s work was important because this was one of the first pictures of a virus that was ever created, thus forwarding the prevention and cure of infections from viruses. While in Princeton, Max worked in Nobel Prize winner Dr. Wendell Stanley’s influenza vaccine program supported by the US Army. He studied biophysical properties of the influenza virus, which helped pave the way for the production of flu vaccines.

Nigel Bruce

William Nigel Ernle Bruce (4 February 1895 – 8 October 1953) was a British character actor on stage and screen.
Bruce was the second son of Sir William Waller Bruce, 10th Baronet and his wife Angelica Lady Bruce, daughter of General George Selby, Royal Artillery.

He was best known for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in a series of films and in the radio series The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes). Bruce is also remembered for his roles in the Alfred Hitchcock films Rebecca and Suspicion.

Nigel Bruce typically played buffoonish, fuzzy-minded gentlemen. During his film career, he worked in 78 films, including Treasure Island (1934), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), Rebecca (1940), and Suspicion (1941).

Bruce's signature role was that of Dr. Watson in the 1939-1946 Sherlock Holmes film series with close friend Basil Rathbone as Holmes. Bruce starred as Watson in all 14 films of the series and over 200 radio programs of The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins

Norman Keith Collins, known popularly as Sailor Jerry, was a prominent American tattoo artist in Hawaii who was well known for his sailor tattoos. Collins was  also well know for smoking his pipe while tattooing. He often used a pipe because it allowed him to customize his tobacco blend. Not much information was found on the type of pipe and tobacco he smoked but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a Navy Flake.and his pipe looks to be fond of the Billiard or Canadian.

Collins was born on January 14, 1911 in Reno but grew up in Northern California. As a child he hopped freight trains across the country and learned tattooing from a man named "Big Mike" from Palmer, Alaska. Originally using the stick and poke method and working with whatever tools he could find, he would practice on anyone who would be willing to let him.

In the 1920s in Chicago Collins learned to use the tattoo gun from his mentor Gibbs "Tatts" Thomas and practiced his craft on real skin in the evenings at the morgue (so it is told). As Collins took hold of the cadavers arm, getting ready to tattoo, the corpse (not actually a corpse) sat up and scared the hell out of Collins and much to the delight of the others present.

Christopher Morley

It's hard to know where to start with this pipe personality because there is so much to cover. Christopher Morley would fit in perfectly with our club because he loves to smoke his pipe, he writes stories where his characters often smoke pipes (just like our own Ernie Whitenack likes does). He was also a big fan of Sherlock Holmes; so big that he formed one of, if not thee most prestigious and exclusive Sherlock Holmes literary societies that still exist today. You may have heard of it, it's called The Baker Street Irregulars.

Morley really should have been born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts but unfortunately that is not the case and so the home of the Christopher Morley pipe club is in Pennsylvania. So where do we start? Why not start where we usually do, from the pages of Wikipedia....

Christopher Darlington Morley was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His father, Frank Morley, was a mathematics professor at Haverford College; his mother, Lilian Janet Bird, was a violinist who provided Christopher with much of his later love for literature and poetry.

In 1900 the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. In 1906 Christopher entered Haverford College, graduating in 1910 as valedictorian. He then went to New College, Oxford, for three years on a Rhodes scholarship, studying modern history.

Arleigh Albert Burke, USN

For Veteran's Day we will feature Admiral Arleigh Albert Burke as our pipe personality of the month. Burke, often pictured smoking a pipe was nicknamed "31-Knot Burke" because he usually pushed his destroyers to just under boiler-bursting speed, but while en route to a rendezvous prior to the Battle of Cape St. George, a boiler casualty to USS Spence (a jammed boiler tube brush used for cleaning) limited his squadron to 31 knots, rather than the 34+ of which they were otherwise capable. His nickname became "31 Knot Burke," originally a taunt, later a popular symbol of his hard-charging nature. An alternative explanation is provided by Jean Edward Smith in his biography of Eisenhower: "During World War Two, Burke mistakenly led his destroyer squadron into a Japanese minefield. Admiral Halsey radioed to ask what he was doing in a Japanese minefield. ‘Thirty-one knots,’ replied Burke”. Admiral Burke was named Pipe Smoker of the Year in 1958. "A man of action, a man of peace who knows how to relax with a pipe."

Arleigh Albert Burke (October 19, 1901 – January 1, 1996) was an admiral of the United States Navy who distinguished himself during World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.

Sylvester Stallone

Yo Adriane! Where's my pipe?

If you watched Rambo, you know he didn't smoke a pipe in the movie so this photo is the real deal. Stallone obviously chose to relax between takes with his pipe. He should have at least smoked a pipe with a bamboo shank don't you think?

Though research tells us that Stallone smoked cigars more than his pipe, I'm guessing it was from his association with Schwarzenegger that kept him from his briars. But there was a period in time when Sly was into his pipes and was photographed smoking numerous times in public. Some time after he abandoned his relationship with his pipes, his brother Frank auctioned off his collection on Ebay. You can see that collection on the Worthpoint.com website and if you want to sign up for a free trial you can find out how much his collection brought in (if anyone does this. please share with us). It looks like he had a few keepers there.

Follow the link below for trivia and more on Sylvester Stallone.

Fred MacMurray

Frederick Martin MacMurray (August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991) was an American actor and singer who appeared in more than 100 films and a successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, from 1930 to the 1970s.

MacMurray, as a featured vocalist, recorded in 1930 with the Gus Arnheim Orchestra on "All I Want Is Just One Girl" on the Victor label and with George Olsen on "I'm In The Market For You" and "After a Million Dreams". Before signing with Paramount Pictures in 1934, he appeared on Broadway in Three's a Crowd (1930–31) and alongside Sydney Greenstreet and Bob Hope in Roberta (1933–34).

In the 1930s, MacMurray worked with film directors Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges, along with actors Barbara Stanwyck, Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich and, in seven films, Claudette Colbert, beginning with The Gilded Lily (1935). He co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in Alice Adams (1935), with Joan Crawford in Above Suspicion (1943), and with Carole Lombard in four productions: Hands Across the Table (1935), The Princess Comes Across (1936), Swing High, Swing Low (1937), and True Confession (1937).

Rudyard Kipling

While visiting Gloucester, MA James Pringle, of the Boston Globe, who met RK on one of his visits to the fishing port of Gloucester, Mass., found him friendly and unpretentious. He wrote:

...he affected no fine raiment or sought notice by distinctive attire. While here he wore a suit of brownish tweed which might have been picked out from a lot on a ready-made counter at the prevailing price for a suit of that quality in those days, $15... Inseparable was the pipe of French briar.."

Although Kipling was well know for smoking a pipe, he was often photographed with a cigar and is the author of well know quote: "A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke."

(The following is borrowed from BBC.co.uk Historic Figures )

Kipling was an English writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is best known for his poems and stories set in India during the period of British imperial rule.

Arthur Strout

While watching an episode of the DIY Network's series Building off the Grid I learned about a somewhat lesser know pipe smoker by the name of Authur Strout who had a pretty interesting job back in his day.  This episode of Building off the Grid was of the restoration of the Halfway Rock Lighthouse in Casco Bay, Maine.  The lighthouse had been sold at auction in May of 2014 for $283,000 to Ford Reiche who took on the monumental task of restoring the lighthouse which is only accessible by boat and subject to some very turbulent seas.  Arthur S. Strout was mentioned as one of the lighthouse keepers during the years of 1929 to 1946 and was pictured smoking a pipe while playing a hand of solitaire and I'm sure that pipe helped him while away many a lonely hour on that small rocky island. Believe it or not Strout came from a family of lighthouse keepers.  The Strout family of four generations served a total of 128 years as lighthouse tenders, with over 100 years of combined service between family members.  Most of the time was served tending the Portland Head Light but Len Strout was the keeper of the Portland Breakwater Light and our featured pipe smoker Arthur Strout, was keeper of Halfway Rock Light.

Thomas Hart Benton

Thomas Hart Benton (April 15, 1889 – January 19, 1975) was an American painter and muralist. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, he was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed everyday people in scenes of life in the United States. His work is strongly associated with the Midwestern United States, where he was born and called home for most of his life. He also studied in Paris, lived in New York City for more than 20 years and painted scores of works there, summered for 50 years on Martha's Vineyard off the New England coast, and also painted scenes of the American South and West.

Benton was born in Neosho, Missouri, into an influential family of politicians.His mother was Elizabeth Wise Benton and his father, Colonel Maecenas Benton, was a lawyer and four times elected as U.S. congressman. Known as the "little giant of the Ozarks", Maecenas named his son after his own great-uncle,Thomas Hart Benton, one of the first two United States Senators elected from Missouri.

Sparky Anderson

With the first signs of spring in the air and baseball season right around the corner it seemed appropriate to highlight baseball legend Sparky Anderson as our pipe personality for this edition of the Gazette. Many ball players are well know for chewing gum, eating sunflower seeds while spitting out the shells or doing their chipmunk impression with cheeks filled with chewing tobacco. But Sparky was was among the very few that was better known for satisfying his oral fixation by smoking his pipe. He never seemed more at ease than the hours before a game, when he would sit in his office, smoke his pipe and offer opinions on dozens of subjects.
George Lee "Sparky" Anderson was an American Major League Baseball player, coach, and manager. He managed the National League's Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League. He was the first manager to win the World Series in both leagues. His 2,194 career wins are the sixth most for a manager in Major Leagues.

Sean Lemass

Sean Lemass, often called the father of modern Ireland, was often pictured with pipe clenched firmly in his prominent teeth. Mr. Lemass was a week-end golfer and horse racing enthusiast who liked a game of cards but loved to smoke his pipe. He had been a heavy pipe smoker all his life, smoking almost a pound of tobacco a week in later life.
Born in Dublin in 1899 Lemass was a veteran of the Easter Rising in 1916. He fought in the War of Independence and was imprisoned in Ballykinlar in County Down for a year. He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty and fought against the Michael Collins Free State in the subsequent Civil War. He was among the rebels who occupied the Four Courts which were famously bombed by the Free State forces. He was again interned in Mountjoy and the Curragh.

Following the Easter Rising, Lemass remained active in the Irish Volunteers, carrying out raids for arms.

Thomas Chandler Haliburton

“The fact is, squire, the moment a man takes to a pipe, he becomes a philosopher. It's the poor man's friend; it calms the mind, soothes the temper, and makes a man patient under difficulties. It has made more good men, good husbands, kind masters, indulgent fathers, than any other blessed thing on this universal earth.”

I could not find any solid evidence, photo or writen, that Thomas Chandler Haliburton smoked a pipe and on the contrary, some writings may lead the reader to believe that smoking, among other vices, was not good. But anyone responsible for the quote shown above must have smoked a pipe and deserves recognition in these pages.

Thomas Chandler Haliburton was born on December 17, 1796, in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Haliburton attained distinction as a local businessman and as a judge, but his greatest fame came from his published writings. He wrote a number of books on history, politics, and farm improvement. He first rose to international fame with his Clockmaker serial, which first appeared in the Novascotian and later published as a book throughout the British Empire, becoming popular light reading. The work recounted the humorous adventures of the character Sam Slick.

Bertrand Russell

It is not common in the 21st Century to surf the web for the latest happenings and run across an article that contains a prominent picture of a man smoking his pipe. This just recently happened and it was an obvious sign of who should be SHPC's next pipe personality of the month. Among Bertrand Russell's many passions for philosopy, mathmatics and history, he was also very fond of tobacco and states that he smokes all day unless eating or sleeping. He even claims smoking had saved his life (see video below). After hearing this there was no question he would become a permanent resident of the SHPC Gazette.

(excerpted from Wikipedia)
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell (May 1872 – February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate. At various points in his life, Russell considered himself a liberal, a socialist and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had "never been any of these things, in any profound sense." Russell was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom.

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Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
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