After serving as director of shipping for Evans Advertising for two decades, D.L. "Chip" Chipman has just retired. Which is, in a way, a wonder. For 21 years ago, Chipman was at the center of a violent yet miraculous story.

In June 1967, Chipman, an American Fork native and Brigham Young University business graduate, was operating the Belvedere Grocery at 29 S. State St., in the basement of the Belvedere Apartments, across the street from Evans Advertising.A gunman came into the store. In the midst of the subsequent robbery, Chipman was shot five times. He survived, but still carries three .22-caliber slugs in this nose, chin and chest. Newspapers at the time called him the Iron Man of Social Hall Avenue.

After the robbery, and his hospitalization and recovery, Chipman went across the street to Evans and asked if they could give him a job one in which he wouldn't have to contend with robbers and gunmen.

"I knew most of the Evans staff because they came into my store practically every day, and they said they had a job for me.

"I closed my business and started work at Evans right away."

Chipman and his wife, Betty Jeanne, now plan to travel. He also will continue as production director of Salt Lake's annual Festival of Trees.