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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 06:17 PM
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Sad news: A man whom I cared about for decades is near death tonight:
Edited on Tue Dec-27-05 06:32 PM by Radio_Lady
If you are from South Florida, chances are you know him too. If the name Skipper Chuck means anything to you, please read on for the update.

He was a TV announcer who became a big star in Dade and Broward County. He retired this year at age 80, but apparently is near death in a hospice in Boca Raton, Florida, tonight. The last contact I had with him was in 1987, but this news has come like a bolt out of the blue. I had hoped he would retire and get to enjoy the fruits of his labors. But, sadly, that was not to be. His wife, also 80 years old, is one of few visitors he has during these last days of his life. (He was unable to have children due to contracting malaria in the South Pacific during World War II.) here's the link:

http://origin.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/stat...

Here he is, in younger days, with me. I was his co-host from 1957-58 at WTVJ, Miami, Florida. Peace, love and happiness and hope you traverse the end game of life without pain. RIP, Skipper...





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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 06:19 PM
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1. That is indeed sad, RadioLady
Peace to him, and also to you. :hug:
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 06:22 PM
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2. Thanks so much, SeattleGirl. Life is very brief, we all must remember
that. I'm packing tonight to go and see my son in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I have a heavy heart this evening. It looks like my old friend won't see the New Year.

In peace,

Radio_Lady
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Evergreen Emerald Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 06:22 PM
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3. Oh, I am so sorry.
Hug.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 06:23 PM
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4. He was such a beautiful young man. It just makes me very tearful
Edited on Tue Dec-27-05 06:27 PM by Radio_Lady
to think that he is ending up this way.



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Evergreen Emerald Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 07:26 PM
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6. The picture you have of the two of you
...shows a man so full of life. And good lookin too, I might add.

I hope he had a happy life.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 08:13 PM
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8. He had the same failings of many mortal men in performance.
Edited on Tue Dec-27-05 08:16 PM by Radio_Lady
I really have no idea how happy he was with his life. It's a very long story and the truth is that I was quite involved with him for many years after my college days, through letters, tapes and phone calls. In my mind, he sort of became a replacement father or older brother (he was fourteen years older than I am). He soothed me and encouraged me during difficult times.

I would have done things much differently if I had had the view I have now.

In peace,

Radio_Lady
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 06:59 PM
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5. I am very sorry...
:hug:
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 08:26 PM
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9. Thanks, Darth. I'm devastated, but trying not to show it because
Edited on Tue Dec-27-05 08:27 PM by Radio_Lady
we're leaving on a trip on Thursday and I have to be "UP-UP-UP" -- not lost in my own thoughts.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 07:27 PM
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7. That is so sad!
:hug:
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 08:27 PM
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10. "Out, out, brief candle..." This is really a hard night for me....
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LynzM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 09:10 PM
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11. Hugs to you, Radio Lady...
:hug: I hope that his passing is peaceful, and that you are able to enjoy the time on your trip with those you love :hug:
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:02 PM
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16. Thank you for your thoughts, LynzM. My DU family is always so supportive.
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 09:13 PM
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12. NONONONO! I WAS ON SKIPPER CHUCK IN 6TH GRADE!
:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:04 PM
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17. Oh, Catzies. I got a letter with a clipping from one of my HS classmates.
I haven't been the same since. I won't be able to check my email over the next few days. I expect CZ will be gone by the New Year.

RIP, CDZ Born February 4, 1925 to -----
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:06 PM
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18. I am so sorry, Radio_lady. You're lucky to have known him so well
:hug:
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 09:15 PM
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13. I'm sorry, Radio Lady.
He must be a very special person to be so loved. :hug:
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:06 PM
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19. Well, he was quite a guy and sort of an icon in my life for decades.
I will miss thinking of him.

I'm going down to Florida next October for my 50th High School reunion. It will be the first time I am there and he isn't. Very strange -- very sad.
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 09:16 PM
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14. The Herald link is dated Saturday,tonight I light a candle for his journey
God speed and keep you, Skipper Chuck.

I was on in 1972 or 3 representing my school, Silver Bluff Elementary. :loveya:
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:09 PM
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21. Oh, Silver Bluff Elementary. I remember it well.
Such a beautiful name! I went to Biscayne Elementary, William Jennings Bryan Elementary, and then North Miami High School and the University of Miami!

Thanks for the candle of remembrance.

In peace,

Radio_Lady
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:16 PM
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23. I went to Silver Bluff, then Everglades, then Ponce Jr. High, then Gables
(Coral Gables) High.

I went there 25 years after my dad who was in their 2nd graduating class along with Janet Reno.

:hug:
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:22 PM
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26. Wow. Nice to know you on the DU!
Edited on Tue Dec-27-05 10:23 PM by Radio_Lady
In peace, and as the Skipper used to say, "Bye-bye for a while, and keep a smile!"

Radio_Lady

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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 09:18 PM
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15. Sad to hear it.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:12 PM
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22. Appreciate your kind words, CG.
Whenever a person loses a mentor, I think it's just very difficult.

When my father was absent or off with his occupations, this man was there in his stead. What can I say? We started our program the first Monday in January, 1957 (I can't remember the exact date.)

I can't believe it's over -- just such a shock.

In peace,

Radio_Lady
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:09 PM
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20. May he go easy.
That's all any of us can ask for, in the end...

Redstone
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:21 PM
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25. Yep. Guess his wife isn't well either. They've been married for 60 years.
Edited on Tue Dec-27-05 10:26 PM by Radio_Lady
August 2, 1945 to
August 2, 2005
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:43 PM
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29. God bless 'em. Wish I had found Mrs R early enough that we'd
have some expectation of 60 years.

Redstone
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spacelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:17 PM
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24. Radio_Lady, I enjoy your posts so much, hearing about local tv shows;
They really are a treasure that should be preserved. I am so sorry to hear about the gentleman you worked with early in your career, and remembrances of his best days on the radio/TV circuit will keep his spirit alive, remember the days that you two made radio & TV history.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:25 PM
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27. Thanks so much for your sentiments, spacelady...
I think there are some plans to put some of the shows on DVD, but I'm not sure about that. I just found out about his illness today, and I'm still trying to accept it all.

In peace,

Radio_Lady

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William Bloode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 10:30 PM
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28. My condolences.
Keep his memory alive within you, and think of the good times.
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SW FL Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-27-05 11:07 PM
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30. So sorry to hear this
I've never had the pleasure of seeing him on tv, but anyone who is a friend of a great DUer is someone the world will miss.
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