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Big Chuck

January 14, 2013

Remembering lives of the not-so-famous


In November, Dennis Avner, also known as “Cat Man,” died at the age of 54. He had spent his entire life undergoing dozens of plastic surgeries in an attempt to mold his body into the image of a tiger. Of course, we have no idea why he did this.

And in December we lost Harry Carey Jr. He made more than 100 films as an actor and stuntman. His father outdid him. Harry Carey Sr. appeared in more than 200 films, beginning in the silent movie era. Talk about a family dynasty!

And so we enter 2013. I’ll keep my eye out all-year-long for those “hidden gems” who leave the scene fairly anonymously, but who, let’s face it, make life a lot more interesting for us all.

Especially newspaper columnists.

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 under Upstate New York Books. He invites you to contact him at His columns can be found at




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