Detailed Background of Charles M. Tanner

Before 1940
Born in Salamanca, New York on April 11.
Attended Salamanca High School.

1940 – 46 World War II:
Enlisted as Private – September 1940 in US Air Corps

By 1946, had been a Sergeant, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant and Captain.
Company Commander of Company C, 846 Photographic Battalion, 9th Army (through England, Belgium, Germany & France, then through the Panama Canal to the Philippines).
Signal Corps Photo Center, Long Island, New York
Received THE BRONZE STAR and THE PURPLE HEART during his military service.

1947 – 1950
Department of State Motion Picture Editor, Seoul, Korea
Awarded Scroll by Seoul City Cultural Association in 1949:
Best Picture: BROTHERS IN ARMS.

1950 – 1952
Motion Picture Officer and Media Director,
Department of State United States Information Service (USIS), Manila, Philippines.

1952 – 1953
Motion Picture Officer, Department of State, Tokyo, Japan.
USIS film, ARTS OF JAPAN, shown at Film Festival, Scotland.

1953 – 1955
Committee for Free Asia, San Francisco, California.
Liaison with the Hollywood film community.

1959
Producer of CHAINS, for the Laubach Literacy Fund, Los Angeles, California.

1961 – 1962
Director of Encino Presbyterian Players, Community Theatre.
Wrote and directed PLANET OF THE TWO QUEENS.

1963
Wrote three plays for “GLASS” (Greater LA Area Sunday Schools), Van Nuys, CA.
September 29th – first play in a church service – Covenant Players is born.

1964
First road trip to Seattle, Washington, with 60 plays, eleven people in two cars.

1969
International performing begins with performances in Canada, followed by:
1971 Europe
1972 Asia
1973 Australia
1981 Africa
1985 Latin America

1982
Wrote 1,000th play.

1987
Awarded ANGEL AWARD by Religion in Media – “For a Lifetime of Excellence. Gifted by God. Honored by Men.”

1990
Wrote 2,000th play.

1996
Wrote 3,000th play.

1998
Suffered massive stroke.

2002
Wrote 3,500th play.

2006
Died March 11th.