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                                  CHARLES WOODS

                                             (1921- 2004 R.I.P.)





     Businessman, Broadcaster & Aspiring Politician.      


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Charles Woods, businessman, political candidate, dies at 83

Injured WWII veteran twice ran for Senate in Nevada


Charles Woods
Owned Alabama television station for 40 years



Charles Woods, who overcame the scars of a fiery World War II plane crash to become a wealthy media and real estate owner and perennial political candidate in Alabama and Nevada, has died at age 83.

Woods died Sunday at Extendicare, a health and rehabilitation center in Dothan, Ala., according to WTVY-TV, the station he owned for 40 years.

Woods' face and hands were disfigured by burns in the crash of the B-17 he was piloting in 1944. But after the war, he started a house-building business and in 1955 launched Dothan's first TV station, the beginning of a media chain and other business ventures that made him wealthy.

"I consider myself an ordinary man who has been extraordinarily blessed by God," he said in a 2000 interview.

His holdings were reduced to a radio station and an office building when he ran into financial problems in the early 1990s. But he continued his unsuccessful quest for political office, including runs for president, the U.S. Senate and House as well as statehouse posts, with a final losing bid for a congressional seat in Alabama's 2nd District in 2002.

Woods ran both as a Democrat and a Republican, in both Alabama and Nevada, where he lived at times.

Running as a Democrat, Woods lost to Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada's 1992 primary but came within 16,000 votes in a 53 percent to 39 percent vote. The campaign led to a federal judge imposing a $50,000 fine for improper campaign contributions.

Woods ran for a Nevada Senate seat as a Republican in 1994, losing to Hal Furman. Democratic Sen. Richard Bryan won the general election that year.

"I want to spend the rest of my life further answering God's call to me," he said in a 1996 interview. "I want to make a difference for the rest of my life."

Woods said he was born in a shack in a coal mining community called Toadvine, near Birmingham, Ala., in 1921 and was given to an orphanage by his mother after his father abandoned them. Raised by a farm family in Headland, Ala., he became a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force and then U.S. forces.

When his plane crashed on takeoff in northeast India and became an inferno of exploding fuel, he was burned over 70 percent of his body and spent the next five years in military hospitals, undergoing an estimated 100 operations.

Once a dashing airman, Woods was extensively disfigured and scarred. But he said later in life that it changed him for the better. "I was self-centered and selfish," he said. "Now I'm a giver instead of a taker."

Chairman of the Alabama prison board in the 1960s, he ran for governor in 1966 and 1970. One of his strongest showings was in 1974, when he led the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor but lost in a runoff to Jere Beasley.


Charles Woods

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Charles Woods (August 31, 1921 - October 17, 2004) was an Alabama businessman and broadcaster and aspiring politician. Woods was raised in an orphanage. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He was a decorated pilot with the Air Corps.

He was born Charles Arthur Morris just 35 miles (56 km) outside Birmingham, Alabama. His divorced mother was unable to support her two young sons so she placed them in a state orphanage when he was five years old. He never saw her again and at age of 6 was adopted by P. A. Woods family from Headland, Alabama. He attended schools in Hollywood, California, where his new family lived for a some time, and in Headland.

Woods joined the RCAF and US Army Air Corps in 1941.

Woods was severely injured in a 1944 airplane crash on December 23. He taxied down a runway in Kurmitola, India, carrying 28,000 pounds (12.7 tonnes) of aviation fuel to be delivered in Lulaing, China. After making the trip alone, hundreds of times, on this particular trip, he was flying with a pilot-in-training, Captain Stalmacher, in first seat. Stalmacher erred on take-off, braking too soon causing the airplane to lose speed with too little runway left. The bomber exploded on take-off, and Woods was the only crew member who survived. He suffered severe burns over 70% of his body. The fire erased his face, destroying his nose, eyelids, ears and hands. He was transported to Valley Forge General Hospital, a military hospital in Pennsylvania six weeks after the accident. Since he was so weak, he could only travel short legs at one time. The 10,000 mile (16,000 km) trip proved arduous to Woods who arrived at Valley Forge malnourished, dehydrated and suffering from infections in addition to being severely burned.

Woods, severely burned, was dying and needed new skin. In desperation, skin was taken from a recently dead soldier, with his family's permission, and was draped onto Woods. This "foreign" skin normally would have been rejected by Woods's immune system within 10 to 14 days—too soon for his own skin to grow back. However, the new skin survived for more than a month, buying Woods just enough time to save his life. This breakthrough led to the development of techniques for organ transplant. He was a patient of Dr. Joseph Murray at Valley Forge General Hospital from 1945-1947. Murray won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990 for work in organ and cell transplantation. Woods and his case is featured in Dr. Murray's 2001 autobiography, Surgery Of The Soul: Reflections on a Curious Career.

Over the next two years, Woods was operated on 24 times to construct a new face, often with very little anesthesia.

Woods prevailed and began a very successful career in construction and in radio and television stations. He built a multi-million dollar empire in franchises all over the country. He owned WTVY in Dothan, Alabama from its early years until 2000, in addition to other radio and television stations. He ran for governor and lieutenant governor of Alabama, once running against George Wallace. He was known for his long form self-purchased television campaign commercials.

He came very close to winning the Democratic nomination for Alabama Lieutenant Governor in 1974, leading in the first round of voting but losing in a runoff to incumbent Jere Beasley.

In Nevada he had a respectable performance in the Democratic primary against Harry Reid in 1992, although Reid won re-election in the primary and the general election. Woods also sought the Democratic nomination for President in 1992 as a long-shot candidate. He showed best in North Dakota, winning 20.26% after write-in winner Ross Perot, Lyndon LaRouche and before eventual nominee and President of the United States Bill Clinton.[1]

His presidential bid slogan was The Businessman's Approach.[2]

Woods then ran in the Republican primaries for US Senate elections in Nevada in 1994 and Alabama in 1996, but lost in the primaries both times. In 2000 and 2002, he won the Democratic nominations to run in Alabama's second Congressional district, and was defeated by Republican Terry Everett twice. [3] Although never elected to public office, Charles Woods made many important contributions to the voters in Alabama. Despite the intense suffering he underwent, he always said, "I consider myself an ordinary man greatly blessed by God."

He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in November 2004.

[edit] Electoral history [4]

Alabama gubernatorial election, 1966 (Democratic primary)

Alabama gubernatorial election, 1970 (Democratic primary)

Alabama gubernatorial election, 1974 (Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor)

Alabama gubernatorial election, 1974 (Democratic runoff for Lieutenant Governor)

  • Jere Beasley - 393,077 (56.10%)
  • Charles Woods - 307,643 (43.90%)

Alabama gubernatorial election, 1978 (Democratic primary)

United States presidential election, 1992 (Democratic primary)

Nevada senatorial election, 1992 (Democratic primary)

  • Harry Reid (Inc.) - 64,828 (52.82%)
  • Charles Woods - 48,364 (39.40%)

Nevada senatorial election, 1994 (Republican primary)

Alabama senatorial election, 1996 (Republican primary)

U.S. House of Representatives, Alabama's 2nd district (2000)

U.S. House of Representatives, Alabama's 2nd district (2002)

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