Remembering 9/11

By Phil Padgett | September 11, 2021 |

Remembering my classmate, Susan Getzendanner killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center, and all the victims of 9/11 on that terrible day and over the twenty years that have followed. May God be with them all and with us.

Happy Birthday, FDR!

By Phil Padgett | January 30, 2021 |

Happy birthday, FDR!  You would recognize our times.  Be certain of this: as we did in your time, we shall prevail again! President Franklin D. Roosevelt celebrates with Harry Hopkins and Admiral William Leahy aboard Pan American Airway’s flying boat, the Dixie Clipper, January 30, 1943, en route to meeting Churchill in Casablanca. (Signal Corps…

Our Face to the World

By Phil Padgett | January 27, 2021 |

Now begins the rebuilding of American leadership in the world.  The right words are being said and the Biden foreign policy team is skilled and experienced.  No one, however, should underestimate the difficulty of their task.  Their success abroad depends on our success at home. As my manuscript for Advocating Overlord neared completion in 2017,…

Liberation Then and Now

By Phil Padgett | November 6, 2020 |

The metaphor keeps unfolding in the coincidence of the U.S. presidential election and the run-up to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, December 16.  On Election Day, I think I heard our local classical music station play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony three times, even though I wasn’t paying close attention.  Soaring and…

First Atomic Detonation – 75 Years Ago Today

By Phil Padgett | July 15, 2020 |

Trinity, the first test of an atomic bomb, forever changed our world at Alamogordo, New Mexico, at 0530 local time 75 years ago today, July 16.  Although the first to be detonated, yielding 18.6 kilotons, Trinity was not the first atomic bomb. That bomb, Little Boy, was secured aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis which departed…

Remembering D-Day In a Time of National Crisis

By Phil Padgett | June 6, 2020 |

Today, June 6, 2020, as thousands gather in Washington to exercise their Constitutional right to assemble peaceably to petition their government for redress of grievance – terrible, deeply justified grievance – the Washington Post published this editorial. I commend it to you. “On the anniversary of D-Day, a reminder of true leadership” By The Washington…

CANCELED – Kensington Day of the Book

By Phil Padgett | March 21, 2020 |

Gentle People, With much regret, the April 26 Kensington Day of the Book festival had to be canceled  to conform with the public health response to the COVID 19 pandemic.  I was looking forward to having a table adjoining my best friend form college, Jim Lewis. Jim was coming from Pittsburgh with his cracking good…

Advocating Overlord Paperback Edition Coming May 1

By Phil Padgett | January 22, 2020 |

May 1, 2020, the paperback edition of Advocating Overlord will be released by University of Nebraska Press in the United States and Canada. Publisher’s recommended price will be $26.95 US and $40.00 Canadian.  ISBN: 978-1-64012-312-0

Book Talk Now Viewable on the Website

By Phil Padgett | December 16, 2019 |

The book talk on Advocating Overlord now is available for viewing on the website ( https://philpadgett.com.advocating-overlord/ ). Go to the “Watch the Book Talk” button on either the “Home” page or “About the Book” and click. Then click “View on You Tube.” I gave the talk on October 8, 2019, to the Dr. Harold C. Deutsch…

Book Talk – Kensington Historical Society, Nov. 12

By Phil Padgett | November 9, 2019 |

On Tuesday, November 12, I’ll give an illustrated talk on Advocating Overlord to the Kensington Historical Society in the Town Hall, lower level, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington, MD 20895.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the talk will start at 7:30.  This is  special venue at any time, but especially on the evening after Veterans…