The Chatham Rotary Club hosted an unusual program presented by Paul Allen, first time book author, with an extremely interesting program entitled When Tobacco Was King. Paul, from Ontario, Canada is a retired Ontario Canada Secondary School Teacher of 32 years and is the son of the former President of the Canadian Leaf Tobacco Company.
In his presentation he shares his fathers personal records and his own knowledge of the history of tobacco in both Canada and the United States. Growing growing up so close to the tobacco industry and with family relations in both the Canadian & North Carolina tobacco business Paul has seemingly unlimited knowledge of the evolution of the tobacco industry in both countries. Paul was hosted by Chatham Rotarian Chris Lund. A number of Rotarians purchased his book and there was a gracious book signing following the presentation.