Back in 1961 when the enactment of the Cuban Embargo made it impossible for Tampa’s cigar manufacturers to obtain their critical tobaccos, Stanford was a visionary. As a 25-year veteran cigar manufacturer at the time, he searched the world for a high quality, flavorful wrapper leaf to replace his historic Cuban tobacco. He discovered Cameroon wrapper leaves of West Africa. In 1963 he became the first premium cigar manufacturer to introduce Cameroon tobacco to America.
For the 55 plus years as a great husband and father and especially the last 30 plus years as our leader, Stanford has been a role model and an inspiration to our company, our employees and to all who have come to know him.
In the pages that follow, you will read about Stanford’s amazing life over the past 9 decades. This book is a reprint of the program we created for his 90th birthday party on June 12, 2006 for his closest friends and family. We hope that you will light up one of Stanford’s 90th cigars, relax and enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed creating it for him. A tribute to an Industry Legend - Stanford Newman