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August 27, 2021

Dear Colleague:

I’m pleased to inform you that my “Memoir,” titled Ennobling Encounters, will be published by En Route Books on September 1, 2021.

Ennobling Encounters is a recitation of important lessons I learned through encounters with important political conservatives:

          Henry Regnery

          E. Victor Milione

          Barry Goldwater

          F. Clifton White

          Russell Kirk

          William F. Buckley, Jr.

          Fr. Stanley Parry, CSC

          Gerhart Niemeyer

          Eric Voegelin

          Arthur Finkelstein

          John William Corrington

          Paul Weyrich

          Arthur Laffer

          Dr. Angelo Codevilla

This is the second book I’ve published with En Route Books.

My novel, “Coda,” was published last August. Here’s a link to the Publisher’s page for “Coda.” https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/coda

This is a letter to request that you make a tax exempt donation to American Academy of Distance Learning so that we may continue three programs of Webcasts and Zoom discussions of important issues confronting the United States and Western Civilization.

Webcasts on the theme “Loss of Country” that examine how countries can be “lost.” We established our own channel at YouTube and will now conduct a Zoom interview about the loss of France with Dr. Jack Tierney.

France was mortally injured by World War I and was conquered by totalitarian Nazi Germany in World War II.  We recently celebrated the anniversary of “D Day” and mourned the losses of brave young men in that battle and many thousands more as Allied forces slowly battled through the French countryside. But France was injured and Dr. Jack Tierney will examine those wounds that are felt even today.

Zoom Discussions: We conducted a Zoom discussion that examined why and how the character of America has been changed by well-intentioned “statesmen” from 1885 through WW I.  We titled it  “Civil Unrest and the Administrative State” and disseminated a “podcast” of that event. Participating were two distinguished conservative scholars Dr. Angelo Codevilla and Dr. Christopher Manion.

Conservative Novels. We’ve introduced another theme via “Zoom” that examines narrative fiction as a means of relating fiction to conditions in civil society.

Here is how  I described the rationale for this series:

As the United States undergoes transition from one President who advocated the American national interest to a successor who emphasizes global responsibility, we can look to fiction—novels—for leaders, “heroes” even, that are invisible in American politics. We need “heroes”–even imagined Epic Heroes.

You can read more at this link to “Writing and the National Interests”    

Once that theme was established, we posted a “podcast” under the title “Novels by Political Conservatives.” In mid-September we’ll conduct an interview with Msgr. Richard Antall who has published two novels from the perspective of a Catholic priest.  

All this is impressive because none of the participants in these events receive compensation, not even our graphic designer.

But now we must focus marketing these programs at Facebook.  

We’d like to budget a new Facebook marketing effort at $2,500 and of that amount we need $500 to start.

You can help us “make budget” by making a tax exempt donation of $100 in exchange for which we will send you a copy of Ennobling Encounters, fresh off the press!

Please go to http://www.academydl.com/donate

Thanks very much for considering this request.

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