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Big Chuck

February 11, 2013

Many made stop at upstate naval base


Before I left, I asked Ms. Dinsomre to show me the most unusual thing ever brought in to the museum.

“That’s easy,” she said with a laugh. “This item right here,” she said as she patted the brass tubing of a tall object. “One day, a group of old sailors stumbled through the front door of the museum with this original periscope from the nuclear submarine the USS Benjamin Franklin.”

“Who were they, and where did they come from?” I whispered.

“Chuck, I don’t ask questions. I just took it, gave them a hug and sent them on their way!” she roared.

I can only imagine it might have been brought in by a couple of old swabbies from Norwich or Milford or Bainbridge or Schenevus or even the Lower Deck.

It sure would have made for a good story, wouldn’t 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 under Upstate New York Books. He invites you to contact him at His columns can be found at

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