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Big Chuck

October 22, 2012

Latter-day stunt men still knew how to thrill


It was positively the most exhilarating thing a 10-year-old kid could witness live and in person in 1960.

Sure it wasn’t a man strolling across Niagara, or a guy being electrocuted in front of a live television audience, and it sure wasn’t a man falling to Earth from the heavens.

But it was Joie Chitwood, the greatest stuntman of his time. And by golly in 1960 I saw him ride his car around the Afton Racetrack on two wheels!

And I will never forget it.

I’ll catch you in two ...

“Big Chuck” D’IMPERIO can be heard on weekdays beginning at 6 a.m. on WDOS-AM 730 in Oneonta, and also on Thursday nights from 7-9 p.m. on WSRK-FM 103.9 for his “Oldies Jukebox Show.” You can find “Big Chuck” on Facebook, and he invites you to contact him at His columns can be found at

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