Those who remember Charles W. “Chuck” Bailey in his two successful post-World War II careers- as a journalist and a popular novelist-will join his family and friends next week at a memorial service in Washington, DC. I was neither family nor friend, nor professional colleague over his 82 years. Still, I shall be among those attending the service to pay homage to a man I met only in his last few years, and whom I knew primarily as a fellow sufferer of Parkinson’s disease.
Washington newspapermen knew Chuck as editor of a major Midwestern daily of the time, The Minneapolis Tribune, and, later, for his involvement with National Public Radio. Chuck managed to combine deadline journalism in the 1960s with a new career which combined journalism and writing popular novels (with co-author Fletcher Knebel). Their acclaimed 1963 best-seller “Seven Days in May,” detailing a near-successful plot to overthrow the government, became a film the following year.