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Charlie Ross

   Charlie Ross, boxing photojournalist, has been writing his "Punchlines" column for the Post-Gazette since the mid-1980's. Charlie began writing his weekly boxing column upon the demise of Charlie "Lefty" Luongo.
   Born and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts, his family later moved to "Beantown" (Boston, Massachusetts). Charlie called Southie home until a move to Milton, Massachusetts in 1999. He is married to the former Kathleen Calway of Abington/Rockland, and, jointly, they have 12 children and 22 grandchildren.

   In addition to being a photojournalist, he is also a Chief Petty Officer, USN (ret.), and a member of Local 1066, International Longshoreman's Union (ILA) (ret.).
   Charlie is a former U.S. Navy amateur bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight and Jr. welterweight, 1948-1962 (30-0, 1 No Decision), appearing in Boston, Rhode Island, Virginia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Italy, France, Spain and various other ports at Navy "smokers," on-base and shipboard. He declined All-Navy competition to remain in rating for a Navy career. Charlie was selected for appointment to Warrant Officer in 1965 and retired in the permanent rank of Chief Petty Officer in 1967. His sea assignments included Cruisers and Destroyers and his shore duty included Navy Recruiting and Navy Intelligence.
   In addition to appearing in Boston's Post-Gazette, "Punchlines" also appears in Ring Sports (Reno), Boxing World (Ohio), and other newspapers and periodicals.

Past Vice President, National Veteran Boxers Association.
Past Regional Director, New England/New York, Cauliflower Alley Club.
Past Vice President, V.B.A., International Ring FOUR (Boston).
President, Vice President, Military Intelligence Association of New England.
Present Mass. Representative, American Association for the Improvement of Boxing (Headquartered at New York).
Present Trustee, So. Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund.

Present Executive Board Member, National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame (Boston Chapter).
Present Co-National Historian, International Veteran Boxers Association.
Present Member, Mass. State Boxing Commission and IBF/USBA Ranking Committees.
Inducted Member, V.B.A., Ring-4 Hall-of-Fame (1994).
Inducted Member, So. Boston Sports Hall-of-Fame (1995).
Inducted Member, World Boxing Hall-of-Fame, Los Angeles (1995).
Inducted Member, New Jersey Boxing Hall-of-Fame (2000).
Honorary Member, Washington, D.C. Boxing Hall-of-Fame.
Honorary Member, Rings ONE (Philadelphia) and SEVENTY-TWO (San Francisco).
Honorary Member, Golden State Boxing Association (Los Angeles).
Governor William Weld Appointee to Mass. Boxer's Fund Board, 1997. Declined.

So. Boston St. Patrick's Day Grand Marshall Award, 1991.
First President's Award, Ring-4, Veteran Boxers Association (1992).
Cauliflower Alley Club Honoree, Springfield, Mass. (1994).
>"Tommy Greb" Award, Boston (1994).
"Fr. Henry Bouchie Memorial Award for Sportsmanship," Boston (1996).
"Outstanding Boxing Writer's Award," presented by Neutral Corner, Inc., Hartford, Conn. (1997).
"Media Man" Award, V.B.A., International Ring FOUR (Boston), (2000).

Inter Continental Boxing Council.
International Boxing Organization (I.B.O.).
International Boxing Hall-of-Fame, Canastota, N.Y. (General Membership).
International Prize Fighters Association.

Top Three, Military Retired Association.
Branch THREE, Fleet Reserve Association.
U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailor's Association.
National Chief Petty Officer's Association.
Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 22, So. Boston.
V.F.W., Thomas J. Fitzgerald, Post 561, So. Boston.
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Division ONE, Boston.
Friend of Irish Freedom.
Boston Gaelic Fire Brigade.
So. Boston, Milton and Brockton Historical Societies.
Castle Island Association, So. Boston.
U.S. Lighthouse Society (Mass. Chapter).
National Counter Intelligence Corps Association.
Naval Intelligence Professionals (McLean, Va.).