I met Robert Snyder on a hot summer day after a feeble and unsuccessful attempt to adjust the carburator on my old and decrepit mower. Over the course of several years I had driven by his small home and always registered the handmade sign in the yard proudly stating "Hudson Mower Doctor". I decided it was time to pay him a visit. I immediately knew that Robert was no ordinary gentleman. Classical music played on the radio in his shop along with the blair of his police scanner. He was a quirky and fascinating man who hopped about his shop attending to various tasks while taking mental notes of my dilema. I asked him immediately if I could produce a visual story about him and he was immediately on board. I think he loved the attention and the chance to show off his business. What I had no idea of at the time was the well of subject matter I was stepping into. As the story unfolded I learned that Robert had had throat cancer and now fed himself through a stomach tube. I learned that he always kept a little water bottle by his side because he no longer produced saliva due to radiation therapy. I learned that he was an accomplished flutist and that had been a flute professor for most of his carrer. I learned that he lost an eye as a child and that he was a member of Mensa, the largest high intelligence quotient society in the world.
Sadly, Robert took his own life on August 10th, 2011. Facing a new onslaught of health concerns I assume he felt this his only way out. And sadly, this video offers only a tiny glimpse into the life and mind of Robert Snyder.
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