Yesterday Puget Sound Media received a message from Les Parsons. It consisted of his personal thoughts and memories on the occassion of the passing of Seattle radio legend, Charlie Brown. It reads like this:
“First, I’m not in favor of plagiarism of any kind, but this heartfelt praise for our late friend bears repeating…
‘The goodwill and smiles he had for his friends speaks volumes about a great man we called Charlie Brown.’
(Thanks to you. Scotty Brink, for writing that perfect epitaph.)
As you may know, I worked with Charlie (mornings at KJR, Channel 95) on two occasions:
1 – Before he left Seattle to work in Texas, and then later, when I applied relentless pressure (mainly by phone) for him to say goodby to Dallas and return home.
2 – Which he did!!!!
3- Oh happy day. “Chuck-wuck-of the West”) was back on KJR!!
4- That occasion prompted a huge “Welcome Home Charlie,” held at Seattle Center. Hoards of his fans (including myself were there.)
5- He had mastered his phone-skills, and could talk to listeners about almost anything. Which they loved…the phone was always jammed when Charlie was on the air.
6- YES!!! Pissed me off when he left to work at KUBE.
7- And finally this personal note: At KJR (in our separate studios) Charlie asked me to stand and look at him through the glass…which I did.
Mr. Brown then asked me to notice what “was different today?”
I made a number of wild guesses – new shirt?, haircut?, and on & on.
Then finally, he clued me in – that he had shaved off his beard. I was both mortified and baffled by this revelation.
Remember, I had been working with C. Brown for many, many mornings – but I was totally “out of it” on that occasion.
8- A lasting on-air episode for me…but I’ll always remember and savor the memory of my time with Mr. Brown! RIP.”
…………….Les Parsons in Honolulu (Not very active in the KJR OFC (Old Farts Club), but this remembrance was totally necessary.)
KJR news staff, circa 1980 (around the time of the Mount Saint Helens eruption). L-R: Chet Rogers, Ann Martin, Les Parsons. Front: Greg Hersholt. Photo by KJR’s photographer Darrell Westmoreland