Author W. L. “Bill” Staats, an emeritus professor of accounting at Hudson Valley and one of the college’s first recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award, has published the third in his book series, “On the Hudson.”
The first book, “Three Centuries on the Hudson River” discusses the 1696 fieldstone Dutch homestead on the east bank of the river that has been owned and occupied by the Staats family for twelve generations. Bill wrote and published this interesting local/family history in 2010.
The book recounts the lives of the earliest residents of Hoogebergh but also include the retired accounting professor’s personal anecdotes about the ninth generation to live in the house, which survived the Great Depression. Staats’ widowed mother and seven children led a perilous life and survived, in part, only due to the generosity of an unwed uncle and maiden aunt.
He followed that with his second book, “Campus Capers on the Hudson,” which provides humorous anecdotes from the author’s nearly 50 years as a high school/college teacher in 2013.
His third and final book in the series, “Aging Suddenly at 83 On the Hudson” analyzes the often hilarious influences which led the now 85-year old writer to suddenly confront old age.
All three books are available at Amazon.com. For more information, you can email Professor Staats at Hoogebergh@aol.com.