Pamela Verona Rubino

Pamela Verona Rubino is the originator of this website Leadsister.com. The following is a brief statement she wrote regarding her connection with Carpenters and most specifically Karen Carpenter.

I started a Karen Carpenter fan site back in 1996 when i discovered their music. It started like this. I was dealing with Anorexia and ran across her story. Then my husband at the time bought me a CD and I fell in love with their music. When i went deeper into the story of her life. I felt a connection because I lost my 3 year old son October 1, 1996. I could relate to Karen’s parents for their loss. To his Mom for discovering Karen and to Richard for being a sibling because my son had siblings I had to help grieve. I fell deeper into the Anorexia and could relate to Karen’s struggles through my own life. The Carpenters music got me through a lot pain and help me cry when I needed to because tears where hard to come by. So in 1996, I started a Bereaved Parents website and a fan page about Karen Carpenter that later turned into LeadSister.com. After years, it came that my life was changing, I was trying to recover from the Anorexia and became busy with a lot of positive changes in my life and didn’t want to see Leadsister.com just sit there. So it was time to search for a new owner to bring her back to life. Thanks to Rick Henry for being the one to do so and doing a great job at that!

Pamela Verona Rubino

4 Responses to “Pamela Verona Rubino”

  1. Robin October 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm # Reply

    Pamela – It is so great to read of your story and your victory over Anorexia. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved son.
    I was friends with Karen since the late 70’s and helped her through her struggle as much as she helped me through my own.

    She was a huge influence in my life during the rough patches life threw my way and I am forever blessed I could count on her as a dear and close friend.

    I spoke to you via Leadsister.com years ago and I remember the first question you asked me was if I had attended Agnes’ yard sale of Karen’s items. I knew nothing about this, but I remember telling you there was no way I would attend
    even if I knew – I felt it was an injustice to Karen’s legacy. We had a good laugh at that one.

    You worked tirelessly to build LeadSister.com and for that I am grateful for your dedication and effort.

    It is wonderful to see your beautiful face and to see a genuine smile after all you have had to deal with.

    I wish you well and to always be gentle with yourself. You deserve it.

    With Love and blessings,
    Robin

  2. Lori izzi October 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm # Reply

    Dear Pamela,
    Your story is touching and beautiful.I’m so very sorry for the loss you suffered.I understand how the music of the Carpenter’s can be healing and calming,glad you found that peace..I have also connected with the late,great Karen for personal reasons.I’m just reading Little Girl Blue…I want and pray that Karen knows how much she was and always will be loved..I wish the best to you and yours..
    You are a true Leadsister….
    Peace

  3. David Slocum October 29, 2013 at 5:45 am # Reply

    My deepest condolenses on your loss. I have been a long time fan also of Karen’s music (since the early 70’s), and so glad you started this website. Anorexia is so hard to understand and very happy that you are a survivor of it! Continue to do the wonderful work you are doing! Sincerely, David

  4. Pamela Rubino March 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm # Reply

    Thank you so much everyone for the nice replies! I truly appreciate it. I’m happy to see the website get back on it’s feet and growing again!

    Robin… I remember you and our conversation in the Leadsister forum. Thanks for the reminder. =)

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