I am Baybie

I am Baybie

by Bill Schubart

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The stories of the Rev. Baybie Hoover and her Deaconess of Music, Virginia Brown, have haunted me since I first met them singing on the streets of New York. Baybie had few, if any, reasons to be grateful about life. Her childhood was marked by a succession of tragedies. Blinded at birth by a drunken doctor, she was later molested by a foster father, became pregnant and her daughter was sold into adoption against her will. Yet the few people in her life, those she met on the street and the six who attended her small church in an abandoned storefront in Brooklyn brought her joy. Baybie was always grateful for the little she had and rarely judged those visiting misery on her. I had never met anyone who saw life and the people she encountered with such generosity of spirit. Just being in her company made me ashamed of any self-pity I had ever felt or expressed.

Only by putting her story into words could I ever hope to fully recall the grace and gratitude this woman brought into peoples' lives. I Am Baybie though based in fact it should be understood as a work of fiction. For readers, a website of their music and images from their lives is available from within the book.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150574366
Publisher: Magic Hill Press
Publication date: 09/28/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 267 KB

About the Author

Bill Schubart has lived with his family in Vermont since 1947. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Kenyon College and the University of Vermont. He is fluent in French language and culture which he taught before entering communications as an entrepreneur.

He writes and speaks extensively on the media and about Vermont in fiction, humor and opinion pieces as a VT Public Radio commentator.

He is a co-founder of Resolution, Inc., a fully integrated E-commerce services partner. In 1973, he co-founded Philo Records, an independent record label producing international artists in the folk and classical field now part of the Rounder Group. He also founded the Pleiades Music Group, a music publishing company.

At the age of 26 Schubart was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Vermont Arts Council, the State's arts agency - the youngest trustee ever to serve as Chairman - and then served again at age 41. At 30, he joined the Board of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 1984, he became founding Chairman of the Vermont Folklife Center. At the request of then-Governor Madeleine Kunin, Schubart chaired the Vermont Statehood Bicentennial Commission, planning the celebration for Vermont's 200th birthday in 1991.

He has advised many non-profit and educational organizations on a variety of cultural and technical projects including the formation of Vermont Public Radio, on whose board he recently served as Chair. Additionally, he has taught courses at the University of Vermont in music, technology and business. Schubart is a founder and past chairman of the American Video Duplication Association, has served on the Governor's Telecommunications Task Force He is past Chair of the Vermont Business Roundtable. He recently completed a three year term as Chair of Fletcher Allen Health Care, a 500-bed academic medical center. He currently serves on the Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Taxes charged with making recommendations to improve the VT revenue system.

He is the author of "The Lamoille Stories," a collection of Vermont tales and of "Fat People," a collection of stories about people and their relationships with food. His first novel, "Panhead" tells the story of a brother and sister growing up on a farm in Northern Vermont.

His interests include poetry, photography, stone gardening, cooking with fire, classical and primitive music. He lives in Vermont, with his wife Katherine, also a writer.

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