When Chuck Davis, Vancouver broadcaster, historian and raconteur, passed away last year, he left unfinished the great project of his later years, his history of the city he chronicled so relentlessly.
But Chuck's last work was not allowed to die with him. A few of his friends got together and decided to finish the job, to fill in the missing pieces that Chuck had not had time to complete himself. The result has now been published by Harbour Publishing as The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver.
Arranged in chronological format, the book bills itself as being, like Chuck himself, "fun, fat and filled with facts". At 575 pages it is surely that. It is also beautifully illustrated with hundreds of historic photographs from the collections of the Vancouver Public Library, the Vancouver City Archives and the Pacific News Group.
Chuck's book appears in Vancouver's 125th anniversary year, his gift to the city he loved. There will be a celebration of the book on Tuesday, December 6, at 7 p.m. at the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library, featuring Dal Richards, Red Robinson and other Vancouver legends.