February 5, 2015

Betsy Boone, My "Cover Girl"

Photo by Fran Collin
Graphic Design by Gina Federico

I am saddened to hear of the recent passing of Libia Rosa and Betsy Boone, two of my favorite people in
POUND RIDGE PAST: Remembrances of Our TownsfolkI was truly honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to interview both of them ... such gracious ladies of Pound Ridge. (Coincidentally, both of their interviews are back-to-back in my book: "Betsy Boone: A Honey Hollow Perspective" is on page 118. "Libia Rose: The Strength of 'The Miracle Tree'" is on page 124.)

A few weeks after my initial interview with Betsy, I returned to her house to ask permission to use the magnificent portrait taken by Fran Collin (photographer extraordinaire) for the cover of the book (designed by the ever-amazing Gina Federico). For some reason, I was a bit nervous and waited for the exact right moment. As I sipped a glass of sherry, I finally asked the "big question." Betsy immediately responded that she was delighted to be "The Cover Girl" (her words). Her beauty surely graces my book.

I will always remember Libia for the delicious brownies she served the afternoon we met. She was a woman of strength and fine character.

Betsy, too, had grace and snap. I will always remember her wonderful yellow sneakers that matched her yellow car that matched her yellow house. 

I am forever grateful to Libia for her time and thoughtfulness ... and to Betsy Boone, too, for saying "yes" to be "The Cover Girl" of Pound Ridge Past.


boonehenkofflaw.com said...

I never saw the photo before, and never knew of your book -- which I was unable to reach via the URL in this post. I'd love to see the full article on my mother.

Jefferson W. Boone

Bonni Brodnick said...

Jefferson, So nice to hear from you. I will send you PDFs of Betsy from POUND RIDGE PAST. It was a delight to speak with her ... quite a memorable few afternoons.


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