Netherlands § 2

Pipe smoker of the year

The honorary title "Pijproker van het Jaar" (pipe man of the year) is rewarded to undisputed persons who are known to smoke a pipe in public. Doing so they give a positive image of pipe smoking in general.

This tradition does exist in Holland since the 1970's, as it does in France, Great Britain and Germany, among others.

To name a few Dutch pipesmokers of the year:

  • HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Soestdijk, 1972
  • Cees Berkhouwer, Member of the Euro-parliament, 1973
  • Chiel Montagne, diskjockey, Hilversum, 1974
  • Ralph Inbar, regisseur, 1975
  • Georg A. Brongers, museum curator, Middelstum
  • Rien Poortvliet, artist and illustrator, Assen, 1986
  • André van der Louw, mayor of Rotterdam
  • Kommer Damen, shipbuilder, Sliedrecht
  • Cees Buddingh, poet
  • J.A. van Graafeiland, mayor of Venlo
  • Jacques Brochet alias Sjaak Snoek, cloth dealer, Amsterdam
  • Geert Derks, teacher, Tilburg
  • Don Duco, museum curator and author, Amsterdam, 1996
  • Theo Laurentius, dealer in antique prints, Voorschoten, 1998
  • Jeroen Greveling, bishop, 2004
  • Jaap Lagendijk, 2005
  • Gerard Hendriks, pipe dealer and importer, The Hague, 2006
  • Gerard Schouw, politician
  • Fred Spijkers, social worker
  • Gerrit Holdijk, politician, 2014

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    Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, pipe man of the year 1972
    Dr. Cees Berkhouwer, president of the European Parliament, pipe man of the year 1973
    Chiel Montagne, diskjockey, pipe man of the year 1974
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    Ralph Inbar, television producer, pipe man of the year 1975
    Don Duco, museumcurator and researcher, pipe man of the year 1996
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