Q: During your time in Toronto calling Raptors games, you became a Canadian citizen. This obviously shows how much you love the place, but what do you miss most about the city?
A: The mosaic atmosphere and the multicultural dimension of the city. The people are great. Itís an unbelievable place, and I spent 10 years there and loved it. As you say, I became a Canadian citizen, and I thought Iíd spend the rest of my life there, but things come up that you donít foresee, and so, we moved on.
The Raptors organization is first class, but weíre in Chicago now and making the most of it. The Bulls are very similar to the Raptors from the standpoint of great ownership. The men and women who work behind the scenes are all top class, and so Iím very thrilled to have been involved with two organisations that do it the right way.
Q: Our timeís nearly up so just one last question. Youíre well known for your catch phrase, "bring out the salami and cheese." What was the inspiration behind it?
A: Thatís the one that ended ball games when the Raptors won. About five or six years ago now, I got a handwritten letter from a guy who watches the Raptors games with his wife.
He said, 'You know Chuck, I get so excited, I canít move away from the TV set. Iím starving, and I want to go in the refrigerator to make a sandwich, but I canít because I donít want to miss a play. So when you think the Raptors have won a game and itís sealed, can you just let me know so I can go on my merry way and make a sandwich. Oh, by the way, I like salami and cheese.'
So the next game, the Raptors are up by 8-10 points with 30 seconds to go. I feel pretty confident theyíre going to win the game, so I say, 'Get out the salami and cheese, mama, because this game is over!' The fans kind of bought into, and one thing led to the next.