Chuck Rudolph hasn't lived in Parkersburg since 1984 but has fond memories of growing up here.
Rudolph's recollections of living in Parkersburg from 1964-84 form the basis of his new book, "Days in Parkersburg, A boy and his family." Rudolph, 51, who lives in Ladysmith, Va., about an hour from Washington, D.C., describes his 131-page book as a "nostalgia piece."
"I wrote this book because I thought Parkersburg was a wonderful little town and a great place to grow up. It was fantastic to think about some of my childhood memories," Rudolph wrote in an email.
The book is a story about the importance of family, traditional values and time-honored practices, he said.
Growing up at 1722 Avery St. afforded Rudolph easy access to City Park, Parkersburg High School and downtown Parkersburg, he noted. He attended McKinley Elementary School, VanDevender Junior High and PHS, where he graduated in 1981.
The cover of the book is a painting of the Avery Street home he grew up in. The painting was done by his mother, Ann Rudolph, a former Wood County Schools teacher who lives near Chuck in Virginia.
Rudolph ran cross country and track at PHS and attended West Virginia Boys State in 1980. After graduating from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., in 1985, he moved to Hilton Head, S.C., where he taught and coached at the high school from 1991-2003.
Rudolph has taught, primarily U.S. History, at Chancellor High School in Fredericksburg, Va., for the past 11 years. He has written two other books: "Pets in My Heart," published in 2010, and "Devo's Time," published in 2012.
His new book as author Charles H. Rudolph is available from Amazon.com.
"I have a lot of friends from Parkersburg. I miss Parkersburg," Rudolph said.
Will Lockhart is "having a blast" as a member of the a cappella singing group Gentleman's Rule.
The eight-man group has just finished filming a national PBS special, which is airing locally at 11 a.m. today on WOUB-Public TV. Gentleman's Rule has recorded its first album "Act Accordingly" and will embark on a second national tour next month with appearances in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Florida, Cleveland, Cincinnati and other locations.
Lockhart, 25, is the son of Roger Lockhart of Bethesda, Md., (a 1974 graduate of Parkersburg South High School), and Sarah Taylor of Washington, D.C. His grandmother Shirley Lockhart lives in south Parkersburg and Will has other relatives in Wood County.
Will, who grew up in the D.C. suburbs, said he has enjoyed his yearly visits to Parkersburg. He has been singing since the age of 5 and sang as a boy chorister at the Washington National Cathedral beginning when he was in the fifth grade.
Lockhart and the other members of Gentleman's Rule are graduates of Indiana University where they sang together in a college group. Gentleman's Rule, based in Chicago, coincided its album release in 2012 with a two-week run at Chicago's Royal George Theatre. This was followed by a national tour supporting Under The Streetlamp, comprised of the former cast members of "Jersey Boys."
Lockhart, a baritone, said it has been exciting to travel and promote the group. I caught up with Lockhart for a brief telephone interview this week while the group was visiting with a PBS station in Los Angeles.
Lockhart described Gentleman's Rule's performances as fast-paced and uptempo with a contemporary spin on favorite songs.
The group's concerts feature music for everyone - classic 70s & 80s, country, Top 40 hits and classical music, according to its website. Recent concerts have featured music by Hall & Oates, Bob Marley, Bruno Mars, Gavin DeGraw, Peter Gabriel and Rascal Flatts.
Wouldn't it be great if Gentleman's Rule could perform at the Smoot Theatre?
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