Professional Engineer and Writer
Charles is an Okie from Muskogee who grew up in small towns and moved to a farm when he entered high school.
He earned an engineering degree from Oklahoma A&M College and practiced engineering in Texas. Charles worked in the oil and aerospace industries.
After getting a Master’s in engineering from SMU,while working at General Dynamics, he taught aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University for 22 years. During this time, he earned his PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas, making him a certified rocket scientist.
Charles designed the rocket fuel tanks for the Apollo second stage for General Dynamics Aerospace, but the design by North American was accepted for the spacecraft.
As a writer, he has published a number of technical papers but as he approached retirement, he started writing a column entitled ‘The Cowboy and The Computer’ for The Livestock Weekly in 1984 that has been used in other papers and magazines.
His first wife was an English professor and author. His present wife, Nancy, is also a writer.
He served in US Army Air Corps in WWII and in USAF in Korean War.
Writers’ workshop and writing group