Bio:Charles G. Waugh
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I was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 18, 1943. I am an only child. My mother was Isabelle D. Waugh (an English teacher) and my father was Gordon B. Waugh (an electrical engineer). During World War II my father served as a naval officer. I spent the first year of my life in Boston, MA (where he was stationed), and the second in Portland, ME (where he was transferred). From two until twelve I lived in the country community of Laurel Lake, NJ. Dad started working for IBM, and a few years later was reassigned to their home base in Endicott, NY. After attending high school there, I was accepted at Syracuse University where I earned two degrees: a B.S. in speech in 1965 (with minors in English and economics) and an M.A. in psychology in 1969. After two years in graduate school at Kent State where I majored in communication and minored in sociology, I took a job at the University of Maine at Augusta in the fall of 1971 (eventually finishing my Kent Ph.D. dissertation in 1982). I am still at UMA and have been a full professor of communication and psychology there since 1981.
Since January 1965, I have taught on the college level at Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Kent State University, and the University of Maine at Augusta. Since 1978, I have published 204 books--a number of which are outside science fiction, fantasy, and horror. (This is a career I probably would not have had but for the fact that I met Martin Harry Greenberg at a Boston Science Fiction convention when we both went to see Isaac Asimov speak. And, frankly, there is no way I could have ever repaid Marty for all the help and opportunities he gave me.)
I have two children, two stepchildren, three grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren. My son, Eric-Jon Rossel Tairne (nee: Waugh) has done about thirty books and my granddaughter, Tara Nicole Azarian, about forty films. My first wife (1967-2000) was Carol-Lynn Rossel. She is an author, photographer, musician, and doll and bear designer. My second wife (2001- ) is Kathy Chazin. She is an LPN and LCSW, as well as the love of my life.
I am a country boy and a very simple person. Indeed, I've always thought of my body as a vehicle for carrying my head from room to room, and am so square, colleagues sometimes call me a cube. My success as anthologist and author--in addition to Marty--, I attribute to three things: the good memory and creative mind with which I was blessed, the work ethic my family instilled in me, and a great ability to structure things learned from many years participating in debate and teaching public speaking.
Basically, I am a happy, stable person--and have been lucky enough to have had a full, rich and tranquil life.
I can't imagine you'd want to know more about me--but if you do, just drop me an e-mail at Kittyman@peoplepc.com, or consult Volume 126 of Contemporary Authors for the multi-page phone interview they did with me.