Charles R. Johnson
Hi, my name is Charlie Johnson and I'm an alcoholic. I was born September 11, 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri to two of the best parents that ever lived, Bernadette and Maurice Johnson, who moved me to my true home of Texas. I had a fun childhood as the oldest of 3 and it was my honor to lead the way for them. I was so irresistible that I fathered 7 children. And they're so irresistible that they gave me 13 grandchildren. Most of my life I earned my living in the offshore oil industry. In my secret life I am featured in "Azorian, The Raising of the K-129." My jobs allowed me to travel all over the world many times over.
I met the love of my life, Cindy, on August 17, 1984, and we've been together, and on the same page, ever since. She'll probably try to be strong and say she's fine, but she's not. She was the feeler to my thinker personality trait, and she'll need a lot of support to get through this.
After retiring to Smithville, Texas in 2009 my avocation became my new vocation: to share my experience, strength and hope in Alcoholics Anonymous with others who are trying to stay sober, punctuated by fishing, golfing and traveling. I was very fortunate to retire in Smithville where I found peace and contentment every day.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 6, 2011.