"The Baker Affair”
1. Lou Barber was born in the Cushman Mansion, which is pictured in “The Baker Affair.” LT Gov. Cushman of Massachusetts built the mansion in the middle 1800s. It was one of the finest homes in New England for that time. In the early 1920’s, no one wanted it because it lacked modern amenities. Lou’s dad, Myron E. Barber, bought the mansion at a bargain price and raised nine children in it. The mansion burned to the ground in the 1970’s.
2. The story line and characters are fictional but the history is very accurate. One could go to the restaurants mentioned.
3. Matt and Julie Baker are slightly related to real life. Lou used his parent’s (Myron and Julia Barber) initials for Matt and Julie. He also used their dates of birth and wedding day.
4. Initials and birthdays were taken from Lou’s older brothers for the Baker brothers (Lou’s brothers: Steve, Calvin, Lee, and Perry).
5. The Bernardston Inn was built in 1906 after the New England House burned. The Inn continued as a public facility until it burned in 2002. In its early years, there was a large barn in the back to put horses and wagons under cover. Lou's high school class held their 50th reunion at the Inn, August 5, 2000.
1. The only connection to The Baker Affair is that some of the characters are cousins.
2. The mansion in Louisiana, the USS Leonard Eastman , and Scotties Fish House are fictional.
3. Leonard Eastman was a boyhood friend of Lou Barber. Leonard flew Navy F8 Crusader Jets off a carrier during the Vietnam War. He was shot down over North Vietnam and was incarcerated for six years and seven months. For twenty years, Lou tried to have a permanent acknowledgment established in his hometown (Bernardston, Massachusetts) for the sacrifice Leonard made for his Country. His requests fell on deaf ears. That is why Lou named a fictional ship after Leonard and added his picture to the book.
4. Lou’s daughter and her husband are pictured on the cover. The husband is wearing Lou’s uniform, which was purchased in 1959 when he became a 2nd lieutenant.