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Join Date: Jul 2004
Today in today´s newspaper, SvD, there was an article about the living cuban legend Alejandro Robaina, don Alejandro. (I translate the IMO most importants parts!)
Don Alejandro who is 85 years old and famous for growing among the best wrappers in Vuelta Abajo, started to smoke when he was 10 years old. When he smoked most he smoked 5475 cigars per year. Once he smoked 15 cigars per day but now he thinks 2-3 cigars a day is enough. "I have examined my lungs and heart... Everything is ok (good). I dont inhale." His wife died 2 years ago. Did she smoke? "No, never!". His sister, who is 95, smoked cigars before but started to use chewing tobacco instead. And Winston Churchill, the famous havannacigar-smoker lived also a long time although he smoked and drank a lot of alcohol.
He is the only living cuban that has a cigarbrand named after him. The property he owns has always been private property even after the revolution and it provides enough tobaccoleafs to make 7-8 million cigars a year. Because the state wants to earn more dollar it wants Robaina to grow more leafs, but Robaina refuses because he cant have control over everything then as he has now. And with a personal relationship to each and every tobaccoplant, it is said. Don Alejandro as everybody calls him around here (San Luis in the Pinar del Rio Province Western Cuba) is somekind of a Godfather, a cultfigure. You realize that when you are in these areas souvenire (?) shops. In there they have pictures of him and t-shirt with pictures on him.
What makes your tobacco, your leafs som speicial?, the reporter asks. - La Tierra (the soil?), the love that I have to the soil here. I love it like I love my children. And with three generations experience, Robaina says and points to the band of the cigar, a golden "R" and a year: 1845. It was then his grandfather came from Canary Islands bought a piece of land and started to grow tobacco. About hundred years later Robaina took over the same red soil that his grandfather and father had grew tobaccon on before him.
I wouldnÂ´t like to be a member in a club that would consider having me as a member!