A MEMOIR ABOUT FRIENDSHIP, LOVE AND LIFE IN A SMALL TOWN
BY ROBERT HAYDON
Kensington, A Memoir relates my late 40's and early 50's childhood journey in the safe harbor of a small town locked inside the huge metroplex of Washington D.C. However, the book actually begins with the painful move to Dallas as a 14-year-old and the subsequent friendship with future rock icon , Steve Miller. Together, with Boz Scaggs on bass, we formed The Marksmen Combo and performed for the next five years. As suggested in quotes from Steve, this band provided the impetus for the incredible success of two future superstars. I also tell the story of my own hit record "Suzanne" that charted in at #3 in Texas and resulted in a short Texas tour with The Beachboys.
Based on letters, facts made available by two family genealogists, and family stories, the book gives a brief synopsis of my most interesting relatives and follows with how my parents met and ended up in Kensington. Excerpts from letters authenticate the various situations and to add special color I've sparingly included some fictional dialogue, but it's all based on actual events. There are over thirty photos that give life
to my friends and family.
In the signature section of the book I returned to Kensington in 1977, and as I stood in front of the house where I grew up, the memories flooded into my mind. I proceed to tell an amazing story of friendship, puppy love, the joyous times, the humorous moments, some scary moments, and a lasting melancholy.
After reading the book a friend wrote, "I absolutely loved it. I didn't want for it to end and as I read the book I began to understand what you were doing...I mean the way you laid it out." Another friend wrote, "I remember the freedom of exploring the neighborhood growing up, and your story captured these happy times. What a touch-
I will never forget Kensington.
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