Bio

CHARLES P. (CHUCK) CABELL, JR. is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds Master’s Degrees in Astronautics from the Air Force institute of Technology and Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Doctoral Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General after a thirty-year career (which included a flying tour in Vietnam), and then spent ten years as a consultant to industry and the government in the areas of System Engineering, Risk Management, Contracting and Project Management.

His musical interests began with minimally sporadic piano lessons as a child and singing with his high school choir. At West Point he was a member of the Glee Club and the cadet co-director of the Catholic Chapel Choir. While in the Air Force, he directed Catholic Choirs at several bases and sang and composed folk songs for guitar. During a tour in the Boston area, he began to study voice seriously with Robert Gartside, of Boston University. While continuing to study voice and piano, he has sung with the Paul Hill Chorale, in Washington DC, the Colorado Springs Chorale, and the Colorado Springs Opera Chorus. He has also performed lieder and art songs in recital. His latest composition, a Christmas song, was performed by the Colorado Springs Chorale in December 1999. He now lives with his wife of thirty-five years in Colorado Springs. He has two grown children – a daughter and a son – and three grandsons. He now devotes his life to writing, music, fishing, and exploring his own spirituality.

More about Impavide Publications:

Impavide was established in 1997 so that I might publish my father’s memoirs about his WWII and CIA experiences. I did not want this excellent bit of history to be subject to the whims of a commercial editor whose eye might be too firmly fixed on the bottom line to appreciate all the wonderful lines above it. At the time, I really had no idea that I would be an author as well. Perhaps, like the Scarecrow in the “Wizard of Oz,” who didn’t believe he was intelligent until the Wizard gave him a diploma, I didn’t consider myself an author until I had a publishing house. Four books, a play, and a choral piece later, I guess – with the help of some expert friends – I am one.

I took “Impavide” (from the Latin meaning “bold,” or “fearless”) from our family motto going back many centuries. Anyone starting an enterprise like this after having retired twice already might be excused from immodestly applying such a soubriquet to himself. I hope you will indulge me. The shield is a bit of family heraldry that we have traced back to the 1500’s, but it probably goes back to the Norman conquest of England. The horse (caballo, in Spanish; cheval, in French); the “k” and the bell; and the ship’s “cable:” all are plays on the name “Cabell.” The date, 1726, is the date our first ancestor arrived in America.

Charles P. Cabell Jr.

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