Don’t forget: Alex Haley wrote ‘Roots’ in Rome


There was an AP article in the Sentinel’s Aug. 19 edition about a museum in Hennings, Tennessee, that was featuring Alex Haley and his famous book, “Roots.” 

I was sorry to see that there was no mention at all of his Rome, NY, connection. He lived in Rome while writing the book. He was a “Writer in Residence” at Hamilton College at the time. He also was a good friend of the Savoy restaurant’s then-manager, Pat Destito. In fact, according to what Pat told me years ago, some of the book was written in the restaurant.

Rome has much history to be proud of, and I thought that his omission needed to be brought to light.

— David N. Kobernuss, Taberg


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