CHARLES M. YOUNG grew up in Waukesha and Madison, Wisconsin. He went to Macalester College where he was the worst player on a football team that lost all its games in his senior year by an aggregate score of 312-46 and that went on to set the NCAA record for consecutive losses. Getting his ass kicked relentlessly on the gridiron prepared Young well for his un-lucrative career in freelance writing, which began at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. It was there he met Dave Lindorff, founder of Thiscantbehappening.net and the only other member of the Class of '75 who might have an even more un-lucrative career than Young.
Three days before graduating from the j-school, Young entered the Rolling Stone College Journalism Contest, which he won. This led to a bad case of tinnitus and many profiles of famous musicians, ranging from the Sex Pistols to the Eagles to the Who to the Butthole Surfers to Jerry Lee Lewis, most of whom can't hear very well either. He has interviewed Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Beavis & Butt-Head.
Young has played bass for his rock & roll band, the Schmoes, since the Van Hise Junior High Halloween Party in 1965. He has also played bass for the Dry Heaves and Iron Prostate. In recent years, he has taken up fingerstyle guitar and can play an almost passable version of "Meat Shakin' Woman" by Blind Boy Fuller.
"Dave and I are just the guys to bring down the American Empire and make a towering crapload of money in the process," says Young. "Together with John and Linn, we're gonna make the New Journalism new all over again, and all the other blogs can eat crumbs from our table."
Contact: Dave Lindorff
Mailing address: ThisCantBeHappening.net, PO Box 846, Ambler, PA 19002
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