Blair graduated from Ramsay High School and was a political science major at the University of Alabama. He joined the Post-Herald staff in January 1967 shortly after leaving the U. S. Air Force. Blair became city editor where he was known for his flashy thrift-store wardrobe, occasional outbursts, and his sure eye for copy. He was especially valued as an encyclopedic resource for Birmingham history until the paper folded, forcing his retirement, in 2005.
- Gray, Jeremy (June 1, 2008) "Post-Herald's colorful character." Birmingham News
- Charles William Blair, Jr obituary (May 11, 2008) Birmingham News
- Remember Charlie memorial website