Monumental New York: Radio Broadcaster, Author to Discuss Iconic Upstate Memorials

 

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By Heather Elia

(Hamilton, NY – April 2012) The Colgate Bookstore will host a discussion and book-signing with Chuck D’Imperio, author of the book “Monumental New York!: A Guide to 30 Iconic Memorials in Upstate New York.” The event will take place Wednesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in the Class of 2003 Events Room (third floor) at 3 Utica St., Hamilton.

It is free and open to the public.

Monumental New York! highlights 30 of the most fascinating statues and memorials found throughout Upstate New York. D’Imperio leads readers through the state’s rich history as he explores some of the famous and lesser-known monuments of the region.

You will meet the canal diggers who muscled their way across the state trenching “Clinton’s Ditch” and learn about the “Female Paul Revere.” Featuring memorial tributes to such well-known historical figures as John Brown, FDR and Carl Sagan, the book also includes the site of Upstate New York’s infamous Civil War prison camp and the chilling “Jerry Rescue Monument.”

These monuments are scattered in towns and cities from Albany to Buffalo, many of them little-known towns that populate the state. Each chapter offers detailed information on the history and significance of each monument, as well as useful travel information about the area.

“Big Chuck” D’Imperio is one of Upstate New York’s longest-tenured radio broadcasters. He began his morning shift at WDOS (Oneonta) in 1989 and still helms this number-one-rated program. He was inducted into the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame as “New York’s Broadcaster of the Year: 2000.”

He is a prolific author with several books on the shelves. His topic is exclusively Upstate New York. He is a longtime newspaper columnist and travel writer and is one of the most in-demand public speakers in Upstate. He was the recipient of the New York State D.A.R. Media Award for his work in promoting Upstate New York. He is married to Trish, an English teacher, and they are the parents of four children.

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