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Charlie Haggart to appear on "60 Minutes"

LIGHT MOMENT Berlin sportsman and entrepreneur Charlie Haggart, who is a patient at Dartmouth-HItchcock Medical Center, has recently been interviewed several times by CBS news show 60 Minutes Co-Editor and Correspondent Steve Kroft (l) for an upcoming special on health care. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
September 16, 2009
BERLIN — Berlin's Charlie Haggart is a battler. Aways has been. Always will be.

The Berlin entrepreneur, sportsman, and friend-to-all is currently facing his biggest battle — that of regaining his good health.

There are good days, and there are bad days, but the 68-year old Haggart is hanging tough — tough enough to draw the attention of CBS' "60 Minutes" program and its upcoming special on health care.

The Berliner has been interviewed extensively by "60 Minutes" personnel, including Co-Editor and Correspondent Steve Kroft for his health care special at a yet-to-be-determined date — possibly in October.

Haggart, who grew up in Berlin, became a businessman when he bought Fagin's Pub in the 1970's, one of the city's most popular watering holes. Then, when he sold the Pub, he started a sporting goods business — Sport About Charlie — which grew and grew and eventually came to service the entire North Country.

Haggart's health began to drastically fail over the past couple of years, to the point where he is now a patient at the Dartmouth Medical Center. There, the hospital's fine staff has the Berliner battling back against a variety of maladies.

The die-hard Yankee fan has sold his business, and the North Country's young people will most assuredly miss his kind generosity the most.

Haggart always gave young athletes "a deal" at his store, and when it came to donating his time — refereeing charitable youth basketball tournaments in Berlin and Gorham and umpiring softball tournaments to benefit a variety of charities — he didn't know the meaning of the word "no." Due to his health issues, those days are probably gone.

Haggart welcomes calls (650-2153), cards to Room 153, DMC, 1 Medical Drive, Lebanon, NH, 03766, and most certainly visits.

His medical battles will soon become known nationally, but it's certainly nice to battle back with a little help from his friends.

And there are certainly plenty of them in Berlin and all over the North Country.

Martin Lord Osman
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