And Robin Forever
In Stevie's own words
The classic Stevie Nicks song Gypsy
was inspired by their friendship.
AHS Class of 66
"My very best friend Robin
(Snyder Anderson) called me and told me she had terminal leukemia and
that maybe she might last 3 months. So without a doubt, it was the absolute
high and low of success. I never got to enjoy Bella Donna at all because
my friend was dying, something went out that day, something left. I found
out that Robin was dying on the same day that it (Bella Donna) went to
When Stevie Nicks and
her family moved to Arcadia, Stevie and Robin Snyder (AHS Class of 1966)
instantly became the very best of friends. This friendship lasted
until October 5, 1982 when Robin died of leukemia at the far too young
age of 34. This segment of our tribute, if you will, to Stevie Nicks is
dedicated to Stevie and Robin’s friendship. The classic Stevie Nicks songs
Gypsy and Rhiannon were inspired by their friendship.
Snyder was active in many areas at Arcadia High during her years there.
Under the guidance of James Neumeister, Robin was a member of the A Capella
Choir. In addition, she was a member of the Junior and Senior Jesters,
performing in numerous major stage productions, including “The Man Who
Came To Dinner.” If all that wasn’t enough, she also was a member of Orchesis,
the school dance troupe. Everyone who we have talked with about Robin
tells us that she was a tremendously popular and outgoing girl. Many were
unaware of the "special bond that she and Stevie shared", according to
Karen Kay (AHS Class of 1966).
“She had just been in my life since I was 14. She was the one person that
knew me for the person I really was and not the famous Stevie, and it
was good to have someone who knew the real you besides just your Mom and
Dad. She kind of walked me through life.
Robin is also my speech therapist … and the lady who traveled with Fleetwood
Mac during the time when … my voice seemed to just give up. My friend
saved my voice, with a lot of patience and love. She listened to me sing
the first song that I ever wrote, she taught me how to sing. She taught
me how to use my voice. She made sure before she left this planet that
was all right.
I don’t have any problems with my voice now, but I did and it took us
years to fix it. Robin was one of those people (who) when she walked in
the room everybody looked. She was breathtaking, and that’s why it’s so
wild that she could possibly have died. It just doesn’t make any sense
In October of 1982, Robin
was 6 months pregnant with her first child with her husband, Kim. The
baby a son named Matthew, was delivered 3 months prematurely and shortly
thereafter, Robin passed on.
Three months later, Stevie, and Robin’s husband Kim, were married. However
the marriage lasted but three months. “We got married because we were
grieving and it was the only way that we could feel like we were doing
anything … it was a terrible, terrible mistake. I was so like Robin, when
she died … I think a little part of him (Kim) almost thought I was her
Stevie still has all of Robin’s things from their many years of friendship
and looks forward to the day when she can give all these things to Robin’s
son, Matthew, "I have her life on film for 15 years. I have us on tape
singing. I have a beautiful book that I wrote the year that she
died I have a roomful of stuff for him. I have his mother to give
back to him when he’s ready." As for Kim, she has not seen him since they
It is truly a story of
so many emotions, both happy and sad. However, as Stevie says, then I
found that there is life after Robin, except that it’s not the same, not
near as special. That’s why I will do anything I have to do to make as
much money to get rid of this disease as I can because I would never want
anyone to experience losing someone as beautiful as her in this horrible
Stevie's beautiful work of art from the Bella Donna songbook
Robin-Rhiannon painting was done for my best friend, Robin Anderson.
When I was fifteen and a half, she listened to me sing the first song
that I ever wrote. This painting is for Robin, (like that long ago,
first born song) because she alone has seen it all... and stayed like
the charmed hour... and the haunted song... and Rhiannon..."
Bella Donna Songbook, 1981
for the Class of 66 and
Stevie Nicks reunion photos!
is a fund that we can all contribute to in Robin’s memory.
Anderson Memorial Fund
City Of Hope
208 West 8th Street
Los Angeles Ca, 90014
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