Meet the Staff : Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

Meet the Staff

Many people think it takes a staff of trained professionals to produce a magazine like Pipes and tobaccos. Those people are wrong.


Dayton Matlick, Chairman With decades of experience in tobacco publishing, Matlick founded P&T magazine because he likes pipes. “The industry and hobby needed a magazine like this,” he says, “and I needed more pipes.” He immediately became publisher of P&T because he owns the company and can be whatever he wants.


macdonaldMike Macdonald, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Macdonald spends most of his time in a fetal position under his desk mumbling Lewis Carroll poetry—few have seen him outside of staff meetings. Primarily responsible for scheduling meetings about what further meetings are necessary before additional meetings can be scheduled, Macdonald is the company problem solver. “What kinds of problems?” he asks. “Try giving liquor, motorcycles and pellet guns to a college rugby club and you might start to understand the kinds of problems we have.”


cliffWilliam C. Nelson, Editor Abandoned in infancy and raised by a family of migrating Canadian geese, Nelson honks occasionally when speaking, but his writing skills are excellent (he prefers quill pens). He says he can fly, and while that claim has not been confirmed, he does get to work on time without using a car. We first found him on the side of the Interstate with a sign reading “Will document references in MLA or AP style for aquatic grains and grasses.” We pay him in lawn clippings.

 Connor Sears smallConnor Sears, Copy Editor Sears recently graduated from a prestigious journalism school—we know because we kidnapped him immediately following his convocation and locked him in a rat-infested closet here at our sumptuous international headquarters, where he remains duct-taped to a chair and earns his choice of a sip of stagnant water or sliver of contaminated cheese for every 5,000 words he edits. Though quiet and reserved (due, perhaps, to the malnutrition, the duct tape over his mouth and the flying monkeys standing guard), Sears is the most motivated of our acclaimed staff members.

Marrilyn Jackson, Sales Coordinator As liaison to advertisers and tasked with assisting our sales account managers, Jackson’s most important qualification is that she does not own a firearm. “The sales staff’s previous assistants would shoot at them all the time,” she says. “I’d shoot them too, but I don’t have a gun.”


Kathryn Kyle, Marketing Manager
“I don’t know what’s going on here,” says Kyle. “I wandered in to ask for directions and they put me to work. At first they said it was temporary but now they won’t let me go. Please, send help.”



TracyTracy Hill, Graphic Design Associate From a military family, Hill likes organization and standards, so it makes no sense that she chose to work here. Highly competent, educated and talented, she is a puzzle to us. Sometimes we stand around and watch her work and marvel at her efficiency before bumbling back to our own offices to eat crackers and try to get our computers to turn themselves on.


Dan Kurtz, Graphic Design Associate Kurtz has relinquished the exciting lifestyle of a professional musician to work with us–six or eight times now. He’s a talented guitarist but even so he keeps coming back to avoid starvation. Part electronics himself (he electively replaced part of his frontal lobe last year with a 12AX7 NOS vintage preamp vacuum tube), Kurtz is able to communicate with the rest of the staff via email, but his personal conversation skills are limited to snarling and pawing at the air as if trying to knock apples out of an invisible tree.



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