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December 5, 2012

Examining the man in the mirror


During his senior year at Peru Central School, he was expelled. His oil-guzzling 1940 Chevrolet had a fiery expiration on the Plank Road.

As a U.S. Marine, his impacted wisdom teeth were removed without anesthesia by a U.S. Navy ensign. Later, he had a ruptured appendix for which he had to get his mother’s permission for removal. While attending Albany Business College, he was mistook for a drug addict when he had a painful kidney stone.

Through it all, Rabideau’s true grit carried him and his first wife, Sandy, and their young children — Clyde “Mel,” Mitchell and Michelle — through trying times.

Rabideu’s son Michael “Guy,” a Florida attorney, proofed the book.

“We had a lot of discussions back and forth,” Rabideau said. “The gist of that, I put the bad and good, too. What, (are) you going to write just the good stuff about yourself? Most of my friends would have known it wasn’t the truth. They know my sense of humor.”

His work ethic is detailed in his long Civil Service career starting at Plattsburgh Air Force Base and then subsequent assignments at a Tactical Air Command detachment in Canada and finally to Pacific Air Command Air Force in Hawaii.

“My life wasn’t my job. It was incidental to my life,” he said.

While living in Ottawa, Rabideau embarked on his Robidoux ancestral research that continues today.

“I’ve gone to 48 of the 50 states. I’ve written over 30 books. I fell in love with the country traveling around it,” he said.

He’s tracking Rabidouxes in Washington and Alaska in 2013. He’s also updating the first volume of his book on Clinton County headstones.

“I’m sure there are still some books left in me,” he said.

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"Coming Home," an autobiography by Clyde M. Rabideau, is 422 pages. The ISBN number is 09793974-4-8. The book is available at the Corner-Stone Bookshop in Plattsburgh, or online at and Call 563-9154 or email for more information.


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