Chuck Stories....theres a bunch. mainly i remember little bits and pieces. like; no matter what your name was, it was "Smitty""Crips & Cripsakes" Everyone knew chuck was catholic and that CCD (religion class) was held on wednesday nights. Consequently, every wednesday after about an hour of practice, guys would start yelling, " CCD Chuck....CCD night ! " often it would work ! Game film. We would watch film of last weeks game. If you made a stupid play, missed a block or tackle, chuck had a tendency to run it over and over and over. When we beat east in 1974, chuck ran the play where griffin scored the deciding td a bunch of times....with a big grin on his face ! He just loved beating east ! Wrestling. Sometimes chuck would want to demonstrate moves on someone. You never wanted to be that "someone". chuck may have been an "old guy" but he was as hard as a rock and strong ! He would hurt ya ! I remember Tim Garguile I think crying, "you're hurting me chuck, it hurts ! " You never wanted to have chuck give ya a haircut either......it happened to dave Nichols in wrestling....i still feel sorry for him. Chuck was raised in tacoma. it was a tough city then with many immigrant neighborhoods. Remember how he talked about the " K Street" gang ? You could get in lots of trouble being out of your 'hood, but Chuck could go anywhere in town he wanted, he was a tough guy. At the pep assemblies on fridays, Chuck spoke and wore a t-shirt with the names of all the season's opponents on it. The cheerleaders would cut out the name of last weeks victim. at the end of the season he usually would be pretty bare chested. Anyhow, when the cheerleaders were doing the cutting, he would get this embarrassed look at first, but it would evolve into a smile and his eyes would sorta twinkle.

- Bill Hurney West High Class of 1975




CHUCK PHOTOS
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