About Dr. Augie Mauser
Why AJ’s Cigar’s
After arriving in Tampa in 1981 as Chairperson of the Department of Special Education at the University of South Florida, my numerous cigar smoking friends from the “cold” Midwest asked me to send them Tampa made cigars. Hence, in 1983 AJ’s CIGARS TO GO of Tampa was officially born and the rest, as they would say, is history. AJ’s Cigars in the early days provided fine cigars to night clubs and bars in bustling Ybor City as well as Tampa and environs. Today, many major social & charity events have invited AJ’s CIGARS to provide fine cigars to their constituents. Presently, AJ’s CIGARS TO GO is the Official Cigar Vendor for Downtown Tampa’s Franklin Street Mall as well as historic Ybor City’s Saturday Fresh Mkt in Centennial Park across from the Ybor Museum in the heart of the legendary cigar district. Both venues provide an environment for cigar enthusiasts of all backgrounds to congregate regularly to enjoy their favorite cigars. (See Location Page for other venues)
What’s your favorite Hobbies/Sports?
Smoking a Fine Cigar;”Attending In Person” or TV watching of College and Professional Football, Basketball and Baseball; Spending time with wife Jean, other family members, cigar buddies and my two English Bulldogs; Carmela and Champion Lacy.
What is the most interesting thing that has happened or you’ve done in your lifetime?
My several visit to HONDURAS related to my Cigar Business; My Humanitarian Mission to CUBA to consult at the Havana Children’s Rehabilitatione’ Center. Also, my Research Sabbatical from USF to Washington, D.C. to work with the JOS. P. KENNEDY FOUNDATION’s OFFICE of SPECIAL OLYMPICS on the UNIFIED SPORTS PROGRAM.
What are you most proud of?
In addition to my longevity (since 1983) in the Cigar business and the many great customers and wonderful friends and former students at IU, Indiana State, Northern Illinois University, and USF Tampa I’ve acquired along the way, I’m most proud of my wife Jean and family and also the variety of awards and recognition received in both “academics and athletics” i.e. the WILLIAM C. MORSE AWARD for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Special Education, The CALEB MILLS Outstanding Professor Award at Indiana State University, my induction into the EAST CHICAGO, INDIANA SPORTS HALL OF FAME; being a Member of the Indiana University’s Football Team’s “DICKENS BOYS”; the UNITED STATES JAYCEES OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEN IN AMERICA and of course being one of the “Original” 13 UGLY MEN of TAMPA BAY Charity Group.