Alligator Preserves Episode 35: Chuck Bost Remembers

Chuck Bost is an 85-year-old Leadville native and he has stories to tell! He’s also about the nicest man you’ll ever meet. A miner like his ancestors, Chuck talks about what Leadville was like “back in the day” and what he has done for work and for fun all these years.

Chuck Bost visits with me downtown at Cookies With Altitude (owner Sherry Randall)!

Show Notes with Links:

  • Charles Joseph Anton Bostyancic, a.k.a. Chuck Bost, talks about his family name change
  • His father and grandfather were miners too
  • He remembers what Leadville was like when he was a child
  • His first jobs, the challenges he faces, and what he was paid: “It was pretty good for a young feller”!
  • Climax Mine work and moving houses to town in 1962

    Chuck Bost at 18, joined the Navy but got transferred to the 1st Marine Division
  • More about his mother and father, caring for his parents, and past girlfriends
  • Catholic grade school with the Sisters of Charity
  • Did he ever get in trouble?
  • “No more wine for you, little Charlie”!
  • Chuck’s relationship with his younger brother and sister
  • His memories of the Korean War and if he was ever afraid
  • We talk about skiing and hunting (Cooper Hill and 10th Mountain Division)
  • What are his concerns about this youngest generation?
  • Television, sports, and a typical day
  • We skirt around politics and end on happiness!
  • I sing a silly Marilyn Monroe-style birthday song for Chuck’s 85th birthday!

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Laurel lives and laughs and publishes and podcasts in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! She has published several multi-genre books and hosts the podcast "Alligator Preserves," where she interviews fascinating people, talks about the human condition, and shares scary stories from her "Dark Ebb" collection.

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