He was one of my first Chicago Radio Spotlight interviews four years ago. We share a common history...the University of Illinois and WPGU-Radio. I've met Charlie a few times over the years, and saw him as recently as a month or two ago, and he was always upbeat and positive--even under obviously stressful circumstances.
It's nice to see him getting such nice press on the way out. (Some of it is here, here, and here.)
I wish Charlie the very best. I'm sure he will land on his feet.