In Charlie’s debut as the Editor in 1973, the issue was led off with an introduction by Gary Breylinger, entitled, “Good Ole Charlie Who?” In establishing Charlie’s roots in Florida, he makes it clear (GOC) was indeed “Old Florida.” “In fact,” Gary said, “he is such Old Florida that he is a direct descendent of the first white child born in Mosquito County, back when it was really “Indian Country, but now it is named Orange County.”
Gary went on to explain that after Charlie got out of the Navy, he went to work for the very printing company that printed The Antique Motorcycle. He gave a detailed account of Charlie’s daddy and how he got into Indian motorcycles with his first purchase of a 1934 Indian Four for $75 in 1935.
When Charlie returned from the Navy in 1970, Gary explains that Charlie found himself with a handful of disassembled Indian Fours, but in good condition. Gary said, “I guess he just wondered if he was smart enough to put them back together again. Needless to say, Gold Ole Charlie became one of us in that instant of time.” “So that’s the story,” he said. “The ’42 is running now, the presses are running, and our magazine is in good hands.”