Biography

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Charles McNamara

Charles McNamara grew up traveling with his father to Army assignments to Oklahoma, Colorado, Virginia and Alaska, ending up in the Adirondack Mountains of northern, New York for his final school years. He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout when he was 15 and awarded the honor of the Coureur des Bois by Scouts Canada.

At the University of Arizona he completed a journalism degree and graduated with the rank of Second Lieutenant. He served in the First, Second and Fourth Infantry Divisions as an artillery officer and as a public affairs editor. He was awarded the Ranger tab in 1970. Alice Baxter became his wife in Colorado Springs in 1971 and they are still happily married.

His first assignment in the Army was at Fort Carson, Colorado, where they returned in 1974. He and Alice have lived in Colorado for 25 years, two of which were spent in Vail as the publisher of Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine.

After four years in the military, McNamara went to work in the publishing industry, first as a copywriter and later as a publisher. During his career he has produced publications for the National Cattleman’s Association, Children’s World Learning Centers, Ski Card International, Metropolitan State College, Allied Jewish Federation of Denver and Manville. He was the publisher of Vail Magazine/Beaver Creek Magazine and owned the Mountain Commuter, a monthly newsmagazine serving the residents of Evergreen, CO. He was the President of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce.

In 2012, he started an on line interview magazine called Tributary. One Flows Into Another. In 2014 he published a book of those interviews entitled Shining Light. Revealing Conversations with Dedicated People. His new historical fiction novel entitled Ineke’s Mitten is due out in 2016.

Chas, as his friends call him, is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and works with other writers weekly at their Southwest Plaza Critique group.