Style Scout: Chuck “Colonel” Benedict


Clothing details: shoes, don’t remember where, 30 years ago; suit, Kohls, three years ago; tie, a customer gave it to me for my birthday, two years ago; hat, gift from my daughter, four years ago.

Name: Chuck “Colonel” Benedict

Age: 86

Relationship status: Twice widowed. I had two wonderful wives.

Hometown: Bloomington, Ill.

Time in Lawrence: Seven years

Occupation: HyVee greeter

Dream job: The most interesting job I had was being a court clerk.

What were you doing when scouted? Greeting customers at HyVee

Describe your style: I’ve always liked to dress nice.

Fashion trends you love: The ranch-owner look with a Stetson hat. And I love KU.

Fashion trends you hate: Guys who wear their pants below their waist

Fashion influences: No one in particular except Colonel Sanders.

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? A little more conservative(ness)

Less of? Panhandling, although it’s more in control now. Lawrence does a great job of taking care of the homeless.

Tattoos or piercings? When I left home for WWII, my dad told me to never get a tattoo. So none.

Who do people say you look like? Colonel Sanders

Tell us a secret… I don’t tell secrets. My word is my bond.


fabian_zimbabwe 5 years, 9 months ago

Yay for Chuck! How great is this? Love it!

Peter Lyrene 5 years, 9 months ago

Nailed it. You should re-run this every month for the guy's Style Scout pick.

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