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Big Chuck!
My Favorite Stories from
47 Years on Cleveland TV

By Chuck Schodowski with Tom Ferran


If you've spent any time in Cleveland you know Big Chuck and you remember such favorites as The Kielbasa Kid and The Certain Ethnic Guy.

Hoolihan and Big Chuck

Hoolihan and Big Chuck

Watch a short (2:23) video below of Big Chuck as the Kielbasa Kid with Hoolihan and Buddy Ebsen





In this easy-reading, laugh-out-loud-funny book Big Chuck takes us on a trip down memory lane. He relates stories of Ernie Anderson (yes, that Ernie Anderson - you may remember him as Ghoulardi), Tim Conway, Hoolihan the Weatherman (Bob Wells), Dick Goddard, Neil Zurcher and of course, 'Lil John (Rinaldi) as well as many others.

He tells of pranks he pulled on people like Brown's legendary coach Paul Brown. He talks about his "fight" with Mike Tyson. He relives some of the amazing fund raisers he did and the good works that resulted.

John Lanigan Big Chuck Schodowski and Little John Rinaldi

John Lanigan, Big Chuck Schodowski and Little John Rinaldi


He talks about his friends, his fans and his family (he's been married for over 50 years and has five children and fourteen grandchildren.)

Not every walk down memory lane is worth taking, but this one most assuredly is. It will prompt memories long ago stored away in our minds. Good memories -memories of growing up in Cleveland with Big Chuck.

Big Chuck Schodowski at book launch signing for Big Chuck book

In many ways, his story is our story. He was right there with us for almost half a century and now he takes us on a delightful tour of those years.

Reviewed by Debbie Hanson


For more information or to buy this book from Amazon.Com just click Big Chuck: My Favorite Stories from 47 Years on Cleveland TV



More Photos from the Big Chuck book launch party

Co-author Tom Feran with John Gorman

Co-author Tom Feran with John Gorman


Peanuts in an appropriate Ghoulardi shirt

Peanuts in an event-appropriate Ghoulardi shirt


Sandy Lesko Mounts, Bill Ward and Jasmin from Channel 8

Sandy Lesko Mounts, Bill Ward and Jasmin from Channel 8


Michael Heaton, David Gray and Ravenna Miceli

Michael Heaton, David Gray and Ravenna Miceli


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