I have known Chuck Gekas for about 20 years, although technically I met him about 30 years ago at the Chicago Sun-Times. Either way, Chuck has become one of my best friends.
In life you are lucky if you have a few people who you know will always be there for you when needed. Whether for a laugh, support, advice or just silliness, I know I can always count on Chuck. Like most friends, we have been through a lot over the years.
I can't believe Chachi is a multi-time grandfather now. Those kids could not ask for a better grandfather, role model, friend. Just ask his three awesome daughters.
Happy birthday to my dear friend Chuck. Join me in raising a toast.
Before I end this, I must also wish a happy birthday to Chuck's "long suffering" wife Mary. How she puts up with him is beyond me. Together they are one awesome couple though and I give her 98% of the credit.
Chuck Gekas and me in Toronto, Canada-August 2012.