June 20, 2008
As a small boy, Charlie Pack had huge dreams. Growing up poor, he set his sights on someday owning a Cadillac. He taped a color photo of a Cadillac on his bathroom mirror to remind him of this every day.
He dreamed also of playing basketball with the big boys. His family could not afford tennis shoes or enough money to join the YMCA, so he practiced barefoot at the local Methodist Church, often until midnight.
There he perfected fancy dribbling, passing and shooting from every conceivable angle.
Standing 5’9” and weighing 130 pounds, he was a “Mighty Mouse” at Waco High. He led the Tigers to several championships, setting records that still stand.
All-district, all-state, he was chosen for the Parade Magazine All-America team. The magazine featured a color photo of him and towering Wilt Chamberlain, a 1958 All-America classmate. In the photo, 7-2 Wilt holds arms outstretched over a waist-high Charlie.
He was into more than sports. While in high school, Charlie formed a band, the Originals.
Trends and tunes have come and gone, but the Originals have continued, performing professionally for 52 years. They performed for years in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget Casino with the likes of Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, Bryan White and Willie Nelson.
Charlie’s the bandleader. He’s a guitarist, bassist and solo vocalist.
Out of high school Charlie’s many talents got him an education at Baylor University. Charlie is the only scholarship athlete there to ever graduate with a degree in music (piano and voice).
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