Chuck Allen calls himself one of the original baby boomers, who wears his hair marginally long. He's married to Rudy Miller and they have three children, Jake, Luke and Hannah. Allen has been in sales at WBSB-FM 104.3 (B-104) for 11 years and says the ideal retirement job would be to own a swimming pool company and retire to its backyard.
How would you describe your taste in clothing?
Early to mid-Beatles. I like whatever isn't quite popular. For example, I wore suspenders for years, but I threw most of them away, after I asked for them at Macy's and the man said he had a variety of braces. (I didn't know what he was talking about and almost asked him when they started doing teeth.)
I like to dress when I go to work, then put on my flower child clothes on weekends. Yes, I still sing and play the guitar.
What's the newest thing in your closet?
The newest thing in my closet are the Christmas presents that I have found, unwrapped, looked at and wrapped again. I have a habit of looking at this time of year. My new things include some neat Italian silk ties that Rudy bought at Bernard Hill's going out of business sale.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
It's underwear from Herb Fried's birthday party which say "Herb's 50th" on them. I wear them to parties that Herb attends.
Do you have a true "standby" that you wear to feel good?
Yes, I have a pair of green preppy pants that I wear to rake the leaves in Guilford.
What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?
When we were dating, Rudy took a bunch of my old jeans, cut them up and made a wild jean jacket for me. I still wear it on weekends, and I can assure you that you'll never see another one.
If you had a chance to have a quiet little dinner with the person you'd most like to meet, who would that be and what would you wear?
Cloris Leachman. I'd like to have a romantic dinner with Cloris. I'd wear a white linen suit, shoes with no socks and a white hat and carry a little cigarette holder. I'd look like Peter O'Toole.
What's the most expensive item in your closet?
I was in Beverly Hills and wanted to buy at tie at Mr. Guy's. The salesman told me Jeopardy's Alex Trebek had tried on my tie, so that makes it really hot stuff.
What's the least expensive item in your closet?
B-104's promotion manager, John Pavlos, gave me a pair of black checkered sneakers that were part of the station's promotion of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." I still wear them.
What's the wildest outfit you've ever bought?
Rudy and I went to Hawaii about eight years ago and I absolutely refused to buy those loud Hawaiian shirts. But while we were waiting for the plane, she made me buy a wild shirt with matching pants at the airport. I intentionally left the package under the seat when we landed. They tracked me down months later and the wild shirt and pants arrived at my house. I'll never wear them.
Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?
If you see something you like, buy it. Buy it and wear it. If you end up not liking it, give it away and get a tax credit. I love to shop at places like C-Mart and Filene's Basement in Boston.
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