Charles Bailey
, M.A. ’77,  has led an incredible life filled with unique experiences ranging from publishing his book about being an Air Force combat pilot,
If You Fly… Don’t Crash!
, to flying World War II Stearman biplanes with his son to serving on the Chapman Alumni Association Board of Directors in the 1990s.  Read on for his reflections about how his Chapman experience has impacted his life.

Tell us about your career- what do you do on a day to day basis?

I am retired, with time to pursue hobbies and fun activities with my family. Currently I am providing original military cartoons for two magazines, plus I am searching for a Parkinson’s home for “PARKY SEZ…” And I think I could begin a whole new career in medicine, while researching the advancements in fighting Parkinson’s Disease.

What insight would you give to current students and alumni who are searching for employment?

Be prepared! You are the best marketing expert and pitchman for yourself. All the cliches apply: For interviews, be on time, dress for the occasion, be positive end do not “badmouth” your former employer, if applicable.

What advice do you have for current students who want to make the most out of their time at Chapman?

Network! You are part of an extended Chapman Family, with networking  possibilities galore! Experience all  that Chapman University has to offer.

From your time at Chapman, which faculty member(s) made the greatest impact on you and why?

As I was in the off-campus master’s degree program, I was introduced to an intermingled Chapman faculty community, including local area instructors and personnel from the campus proper. They were all outstanding!

How has your Chapman degree helped you in your professional and personal life?

I was able to apply my Chapman M.A. degree immediately upon graduation, with the development of brand new Air Force curriculum. Looking back to the 1970s and on up to the present, I can highly recommend networking as key factor in achieving success — as a force multiplier — starting with the Chapman University family.

What is your favorite Chapman memory?


What was your favorite spot on campus as a student?

The entire facility.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Chapman Family?

I am proud to be an old, gray-haired Panther!

Have you been involved with Chapman since graduating?

I served on the Chapman Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Explore and Connect Further:

Charles in black and white.

Charles: Then


Charles sits in a chair that aids mobility.

Charles: Now


Charles sits in the sidecar of a motorbike.

Charles and his son in a Russian motorbike and sidecar.


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