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Victor Resident Publishes New Book of Memoirs
Former Victor Resident Chuck Clark has published a new book of his memoirs of life in Victor in the 1940s and 1950s. The first copies of the book are on sale at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum.
Clark was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1933.His father was a grocer and his mother, a teacher.He was raised in Victor, graduated from Victor High School in 1951 and entered the University of Colorado in the fall of 1951. He graduated four years later with a degree in English Literature and a commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. Later he received a Masters Degree from Colorado College. After his service obligation and becoming a pilot, Chuck was a teacher, probation officer, photographer, marketing manager and vice president of several companies. He traveled to Peru twice and accumulated and sold numerous photographs of the Amazon and its indigenous people.
Chuck decided to record many of the experiences he had as a child in Victor. He began writingshort vignettes and later discovered that many of the old photos he had taken many years ago fit the stories. The few photos of Victor that were saved reminded an aged brain of the glorious experiences made possible by a number of Victor people. “Memories, unlike transparencies, do not lose, but rather gain color. People and memories are indelible,” said Clark. These photos, included in the appropriate stories, help bring back those times. Clark (Sonny) hopes that those reading these stories will have a chuckle and also re-experience some of those priceless moments.
Clark’s book, along with several historical books about the area, is available at the museum gift shop. A signed copy of the book will also be available at the June 11 museum fundraising auction at the Victor Elks.