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    Bushtail Is Our Cousin?

    So here’s the deal. Herman and I have a friend named Terrie Robbins who has recently written and self-published a paperback book entitled, "Bushtail is Our Cousin." It’s the story of her family’s relationship to President George W. Bush.

    It’s written as a children’s book. She did it this way, because as she was discovering this, she had spoken to two of her grandchildren in Florida about whom the book is based. I had some questions about this process of writing and researching and thought I would share it with you. The following is our interview and the book is available at Mysteries on Main Street Bookstore in Gloversville.

    Kathryn: How did you become interested in genealogy?
    Terrie: My mother got me interested in genealogy. I was in my early
    twenties when she started tracing her family. Over the years we would both dabble in the research but then the papers would go back in the desk until we had more time. About 10 years ago I started my research with a vengeance. I was able to trace my mother’s side back to the mid 1600's. In the past two years, I was able to trace my fathers side to the Pilgrims.
    Kathryn: When you started researching your own family, what led you
    to go as far back as you did?
    Terrie: Genealogy is an addiction. Once you start, if you have the
    time, you just cannot stop. The more information you have, the more you desire. It is like a thirst for knowledge that can't be fulfilled.
    Kathryn: Did you have any intention whatever to link your history
    with anyone of greatness, or did it just appear through your
    research?
    Terrie: My research first linked our family with the Fonda’s; Henry,
    Jane and Peter. We all shared a common grandfather. Whileresearching for my Mayflower connection, I stumbled onto theBANGS/BUSH connection, which proved to also be a COONS/BANGSconnection. Sharing the same grandfather equaled the "Bushtail " connection.
    Kathryn: Has this in any way changed your opinion of Bush?
    Terrie: This is a great question! Honestly, I did not care that much
    for Bush's style of leadership, but when our country wasfaced with 911, I believe he showed how strong he could be.Now I am very proud to say that "Bushtail is My Cousin".
    Kathryn: What is your hope that he might respond to your sending him
    the book?
    Terrie: I did send the First Ladies Laura and Barbara copies of the
    book. They are both former teachers and I was hopeful thatthey would give me some feedback. I am confident that Iwill receive a reply.
    Kathryn: Do your grandchildren brag about being related to Bush?
    Terrie: I have six beautiful grandchildren. I know that they didtake the book to school. Interested yes, bragging no.
    Kathryn: Finally, explain for me the moniker "Bushtail" and how they came up with it as a nickname. Is it as simple as that's what kids do?
    Terrie: Yes. When George was a youngster, he loved to play games with his friends. His buddies that lived in Midland, Texas gave him
    the nickname Bushtail. The nickname spurred the name of the
    book.

    And so, that is how "Bushtail" has been found to be a cousin of local author Terrie Robbins!

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"