Charlie Shugarts lives on in Denver's Tattered Cover bookstore despite the fact that he passed away on January 31 at age 88. "Charlie" was moved to the bookstore in 1990 after a couple of years at a downtown mall where he didn't "weather too well" and he's been delighting store customers and its owner ever since. According to the Denver Post:
Shugarts often visited the Cherry Creek Tattered Cover and, later, the new location on East Colfax Avenue. He would sit down next to the statue and assume the pose, said his wife, Beverly.Just something else you will never see in your local Barnes & Noble or Borders bookstores.
Shugarts would say later: "People would look at me and not know whether I was dead or alive."
Shugarts' outgoing personality and affability were the reasons his niece, Margaret Quinn, chose him for a project to put art on the downtown 16th Street Mall in 1988.