Earlier this week an influential member of the BOTL community died. His name was Gary Arzt and he will definitely be missed.
Personally, I only knew him through our sparse email correspondences and through his column, The Arzt of Cigars. I also knew him by reputation. Evidently, he was the kind of person you either hated or loved and those feelings could frequently change depending on a person’s last encounter with him. Personally, I like people like that.
And I liked Gary Arzt. I will be forever grateful to him for putting me in contact with Miami Cigar and some of the other cigar companies that I now have a relationship with. What follows is a sampling of the memories that others have shared about Gary since his sudden death.
- Barry wrote the most touching memorial of Mr. Arzt that I have read.
- W. Curtis Draper has another touching tribute.
- Here is a great story about Mr. Arzt from a couple of years ago.
I sincerely hope that you have the time to read through those memorials, they are all excellent.