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A small-time cigar salesman who made it big in the industry. Along the way he wrote some Letters to the Editor.
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• Mr and Mrs Leon Shaun Jr run the Leon & Leon Cigar Company, Memphis, Tenn. and the name turns up in 148 tobacco archive documents.
1961 Oct: /E Community Relations Kit (American Tobacco) Grassroots letter-to-the-editor campaign of the tobacco companies includes one of Shahun's letters as an example:
Page 22 has a Letter to the editor which appears in the Memphis Commerical Appeal by Leon Shahun Jr.
The statement that "It is not known if the writer had any connections with the tobacco business" has been crossed out. "[Someone thought better of it]"
[There is, of course, no mention in the letter that Leon has any commercial attachment to the tobacco industry,]
1962 May 1: The Tobacco Institute has invited him and his wife to "the celebration at Jamestown"
1963 July 25: National Association of Tobacco Distributors (NATD) has him on their 'Confidential" list of Directors.
1973 March: The NATD is now running a "University" (seminars) in the 'campus' of the Las Vegas Hilton. Professor Leon Shahun is teaching basic economics.
1984 Sept 18: The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith has awarded its "Man of the Year Award" to Leon Shaun Jr, Chairman of the Board of Samelson-Leon Company Inc, and President of the NATD. The $250 per plate dinner chairmen at the St Regis Hotel in New York City were a trifector of tobacco notables:
Now beginning its eighth decade, the Anti-Defamation League conducts a worid-wide educational and action program to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry and discrimination and to promote interrereligious and intergroup cooperation.
- \ James C Bowling of Philip Morris Inc.
- Irwin Breitman of United States Tobacco Journal
- Arnold Gordon of Jack Gordon Tobacco Co. Inc.
Later, he made it into the Tobacco Industry Hall of Fame.
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