Charles A. Owens (1922-1997)
Born in 1922 to an opera singer and a saxophone player, Charles A. "Charlie" Owens was recognized for his own artistic talent at an early age. Charlie said the first painting he ever made was a "full color map of the United States" that won him a fifty dollar prize in a school competition when he was just six or seven years old. During Charlie's formative years, visits to the Cincinnati Zoo and church camp meetings were frequent, as well as swims in the Ohio River where his swimming prowess earned him the nickname "fish".
Charlie worked as a delivery person, baker, chef, ice cream maker, U.S. Marine, construction worker, truck driver, bootlegger, and mechanic. Occasional
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