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After graduating from a small college in the Midwest, Charlie’s careers took him to Kansas City, New York City, and Chicago. A series of events led to writing about his dad after he died. But Charlie felt that a book that strictly detailed his father’s heroics and accomplishments would be one among thousands, even though there was an incredible story with historic implications to be told. He refocused his storyline to include his own youth, how his relationship with his Dad had been affected by his dad's commitments – and how it changed his own life. Zero On Me is more than just about two men. It's a fascinating and amusing look at growing up in the 50s and 60s, the challenges a youngster encounters when faced with attending one new school after another, overcoming the hurdle of blending in with a constantly changing set of new classmates, and touching on the nostalgic elements of that period – while teasing the reader by hinting at their relevance to today. Charlie describes a father-son relationship that that will appeal to young adults as well as those who grew up in a period that followed the world's most devastating war.
Charlie took a candid look at his childhood and penned a story in the way he remembered it, in the tradition of author Bill Bryson, and sometimes in the way he wanted to remember it, in the tradition of author Dave Barry (well, not quite that exaggerated). Through Zero On Me, (which is in the top 100% of all books published in 2015 – and again, aren't they all), he wants to set the record straight and squelch rumors about misguided dreams and clarify charges of his own life's renderings as being too exaggerated. All the events in the book, took place, both his father's and his.
Charlie and his wife, Beth, reside in Bowling Green, Ohio. His children reside in Atlanta, Charleston WV, Chicago, as well as Blowing Green (nicknamed by the locals who know what northern winters can do to visitors from the South). He has become accustomed to saying to friends and relatives a confident “yeah, that’s in my book,” when they mention a place, a person, or simply reference any number of situations that hint at the Americana we all remember.