The miniature community has lost one of its titans. Charles “Chuck” Robinson was a fixture not only in the mail-order sales of figures and accessories, but also was an avid collector and an in-person vendor at virtually every US show for more than three decades. He was a pioneer in online sales who by some accounts used his own computer as a paperweight, a jovial man who hid behind a gruff exterior. Chuck always went the extra mile for his customers, all of whom he considered his friends. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Chuck also was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the APG, donating kits and services to assist APG’s fundraising and programs. In the words of one online commenter “he now belongs to the ages,” and we were enriched by our time with him.
Like two of the founding fathers — John Adams and Thomas Jefferson — Chuck passed from this life on July 4, Independence Day. We find that fitting. Our condolences go out to his family and also to his friends, among whom APG is fortunate to have been counted.