Charlie Blagdon, UPI-January 2001

Retired UPI photographer Charlie Blagdon, 74, passed away Monday Jan 8th 2001. Charlie, like his lifelong friend and colleague Sam Mikulin who died last year was a local boy attending Balboa High School in the City. Following service in WWII he joined Acme Newspictures in the old News Bldg. In the mid 50's Acme was bought out by United Press and then it became UPI. He retired in 1988. Always a boxing enthusiast, Charlie was a master at ringside photography and had the ability to make the shots of distorted faces with the glove still on the face. I've yet to see a photographer score so consistently at boxing.After retiring from UPI, Charlie put a real estate license to use and sold houses in Daly City where he lived.Shortly before Christmas he went into the hospital for a double bypass and spent three weeks in intensive care due to complications.Terry SchmittUPITerryS8113@aol.com

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