When I tell Jack it's been 30 years since he pipped the former Liverpool boss Bob Paisley to the Ireland job, he looks puzzled.
Republic of Ireland v Romania, Stadio Luigi Farraris, World Cup, Italia 90. The score was Republic of Ireland 0 - Romania 0, 5-4 penalties.
"Someone (from the FAI) contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in the job.
Paisley, who'd stepped down as boss at Anfield a couple of seasons earlier, initially ruled himself out of contention.
So the 19-man FAI council were to choose between Charlton, Liam Tuohy and John Giles.
There's a print of the Paul Henry painting 'Launching the Curragh' above the TV.
In his bookcase, I find Niall Quinn's autobiography, a book called Jack Charlton's World Cup Diary from Italia 90 and another from USA 94, Sea Angling in Ireland, Discovering Kerry, the Taste of Ireland cookbook, the Steve Collins story Celtic Warrior and many more.
As it was about to go to a vote, Paisley's name was reintroduced amidst some consternation -- the then 66-year-old who led Liverpool to six league titles and three European Cups wanted in.