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Charles "Chuck" Csuri and the No. 60 (It's His)

Remy's picture
July 1, 2014 at 2:31pm
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I posted this earlier for the Countdown series, but wanted to share Mr. Csuri's remarkable story for those of you that missed it. Mr. Csuri is another one of the great people/players from Ohio State that deserve more recognition. His accomplishments off of the field are amazing. 

Charles Csuri

On the football field Charles Csuri was a team captain, All-American and National Champion. After college Csuri joined the army, fought in WWII and earned a Bronze Star for his efforts during the Battle of the Bulge. After WWII Csuri became a professor at Ohio State and a pioneer in computer and digital arts.

IH8UOFM found this great video of Csuri's pep talk for the 2010 Game. The video was shown to the team the night before The Game. It also includes the parents of that season's seniors talking to the team. Warning: If you watch the video you will be proud to be a Buckeye and primed to hurt a Wolverine.

Csuri's time in the Army per an article written by Robert Gartrell of The Lantern on 11-22-10:

Battle of the Bulge

Csuri was sent into combat when the Army needed more troops and served as a forward observer with the 69th Infantry Division, helping to direct artillery fire. He entered at the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge and nearly left in a casket.

"You do things like that when you're very young," Csuri said. "When you're 20 to 21 years of age, you think you're invincible in a way, or you can't conceive of your being killed in some respects."At one point during the battle, the lines of communication between the front line and the artillery unit had been disconnected, and Csuri volunteered to take information back to Allied headquarters. In the snow-covered forest, he said, he ran across enemy lines, getting his helmet and belt pack shot off during the trek.

Battle of the Bulge

Csuri said he doesn't remember much from that episode or the contents of the message he delivered. Nonetheless, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism during the battle.

Not long after receiving the medal, he tucked it away in a drawer, where it stayed for several years before his daughter discovered it.

 

Bronze Star

Before the 2010 season started, his daughter gave the medal to Tressel, who has it displayed in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

"It was good what I did, but what can I say?" Csuri said. "It's one of those things that I did when I was very young, but I've long since forgotten about it."

Csuri and the uniforms worn for The Game in 2010 per Gartrell of The Lantern:

Former Ohio State lineman Charles Csuri was hesitant to go to New York City on Sept. 1, even though coach Jim Tressel pleaded for him to do so.

2010 The Game

Nike was unveiling its line of Pro Combat jerseys, and OSU's uniforms were to resemble the ones worn by the 1942 squad, which Csuri was a part of, that brought the school its first national championship. ...

...Nike designed the uniforms to pay homage to the team members who traded their OSU uniforms for those of the Armed Forces during World War II. Csuri served as a corporal in the Army during the war, and Tressel wanted him at the event to speak at the press conference.

Csuri unvealing the 2010 uniform

Csuri reluctantly decided to attend the unveiling after his wife persuaded him. But at 88, getting around isn't as easy for him as it once was, even though his dark hair and firm handshake belie his age.

At the event, Csuri spoke to a crowd of media about his former teammates while standing next to a stagehand dressed in the uniform. Unknown to him, there was a bronze star on the helmet and gloves with his initials printed on them.

WWII Bronze Star

When someone from Nike pointed the star out to Csuri as he was leaving the stage, he realized why Tressel was begging him to go.

"I was surprised, flattered, honored and slightly embarrassed," Csuri said of the decal. "It was nice."

Life after football and WWII per Gartrell and The Lantern:

kellen winslow, this is a Soldier.

"When I came back, I didn't have the psychological makeup to be as aggressive about things as I was before I went into the war," Csuri said. "I had no desire to play professional football."

Instead, he rediscovered his interest in art, studying from renowned art professor Hoyt L. Sherman with classmate and future pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Csuri thrived as a student after years of academic mediocrity...

...After several years of teaching drawing and painting to undergraduates, Csuri began studying computers in 1963, hoping to find ways to use technology to expand his artwork and use what he learned when he studied before deployment...
 

Computer Genius

...When Csuri began working with computers, there was only one computer on the OSU campus. It was larger than most classrooms and returned information on punch cards.

...From there, Csuri's research was at the cutting edge of computer graphics. His work studying human movement and graphic simulations of different environments even received funding from the Navy.Because there was no commercial software available at the time, Csuri — by then the school's director of Computer Graphics Research — and a group of doctorate students had to invent everything they worked with, including the algorithms that would generate graphic images...

Cranston Csuri Productions

In 1981, he co-founded Cranston/Csuri Productions (view their images), which was one of only three computer animation production companies in the world. The company lasted seven years before folding as productions like Disney became involved in computer graphics...

...Some of Csuri's former students include Chris Wedge, who directed "Ice Age," and Steve May, the vice president of Pixar Animation.

Csuri's advice to Ohio State football players per Gartrell and The Lantern:

Wise Man

But as much as Tressel preaches to his players about being well-rounded human beings, Csuri is discouraged at the failure of many athletes to heed such advice.

"I wish young people could realize that there is life after football," Csuri said. "It's a little disheartening to me that I talk to players and that almost every one of them thinks they'll make it in the NFL. They won't. And the ones that do make it will be there temporarily."

Jim Tressel fixes a wrong per Gartrell and The Lantern:

Ring (1968)

At an art function several years ago, Csuri's wife spotted Tressel, who was wearing his 2002 National Championship ring. During their conversation, Tressel learned that the players from the 1942 team were never awarded championship rings and, within a few weeks, had personalized rings ordered for every living player from the team.

But the unity among those players, more than any accolade or piece of jewelry, is what Csuri most treasures.

Threads by Csuri

 

Go here for the complete article.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, The Lantern and Wikipedia

Beyond Boundaries, 1963-Present is a project from Charles Csuri.

 

 

Chuck Csuri

Charles "Chuck" Csuri, Tackle (1941-43)
Born: 1922

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 18-8-1 with Csuri on the team.
1942 National Champions.
1942 Big Ten Title.

Honors
1943 Captain.
1942 Team MVP.
1942 All-American.
1945 Bronze Star for heroism in the Battle of the Bulge.
2000 Awarded Sullivant Medal by Ohio State.

 

Miscellaneous

Csuri receiving Sullivant Medal

Fought in WWII from 1943-46.
1949 became a faculty member at Ohio State's Department of Art.
1978 became a Professor of Art Education.
1986 became a Professor of Computer Information Science.
Currently a Professor Emeritus at the Advanced Computing Center of Art and Design at Ohio State.

Go here if you would like to see the list of the 32 players who have worn No. 60 for the Buckeyes and those that were selected in the NFL Draft. 

Work done by Cranston/Csuri Productions. If you are old enough you will remember the Super Bowl and Ohio Lottery graphics:

 

Remy's picture

Let me know If there are any errors. Csuri has lived a great life and is a true hero.

Csuri

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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Habu71's picture

Thanks for sharing. With sports frequently being compared to battle/war, it's nice to get this type of perspective on a true hero.

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s.pasadena fl's picture

I love these kind of stories.   What part of the state was he from?

Ed Hopper

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Remy's picture

I believe he is from Cleveland, or the Cleveland area. He was born on July 4th, 1922 but I can't find where.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Thanks Remy - true heroes deserve their recognition for sure.  That said, I hope we don't let red helmets make a comeback though - call me a purist, but it served its purpose.  Let it be kept in context and not become the norm. :)

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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Hovenaut's picture

Love to read about OSU football history, but find myself still learning a few things here and there.

Meant to comment on your countdown earlier, appreciate you taking the time to share Mr. Csuri's story. He may not have the accolades, or entries in the record books, but he's a shining example of how inspiring a Buckeye can be.

Thanks for sharing as always, Remy.

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

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OsuPax's picture

Thanks for the post Remy. This man did the S&G and America proud. Also great to see what Tressel did in recognizing him and his teammates.

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head." - Jack Tatum.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Remy thanks for posting this - cool story

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