|Bobby Gene "Red" Sybolt|
| 1632 series |
POD: May, 1631
|Appearance(s):||"The Three R's" and "The Wallenstein Gambit" in Ring of Fire|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States of Europe (born in the United States of America)|
|Date of Birth:||1958|
|Occupation:||Labor organizer, Soldier, Miner|
Bobby Gene "Red" Sybolt was a resident of Grantville before moving out some time later. He was born in Berea, Kentucky, but had no local family or known relatives inside Grantville. He was a labor organizer and was notorious for his strong views on socialism, for which he was given the nickname "Red". When revisiting the town to get back in touch with his roots, and work with the locals, the Ring of Fire happened. Despite his situation, Sybolt had several opportunities to rise to prominence in the community. He was a master labor organizer, a decent auto mechanic, and an old friend of Mike Stearns. In 1632, he aided an emissary of John Amos Comenius, Jan Billek of the Unity of the Brethren. Later that year, he was recommended to Morris Roth. He was also the only Grantville resident other than Morris who was genuinely interested in and knowledgeable about gems and jewelry. In fact, it was he who reminded Morris that the tools and skills needed to make modern-style faceted jewelry already existed in the 1630s.
In 1633, while Wallenstein's forces were engaged in the Second battle of the White Mountain, Sybolt improvised a Katyusha rocket launcher, which was used to hold Prague's Stone Bridge against Heinrich Holk's troops.