In February 1961 when I was 15, I wrote to Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson to confide my ambition to enter politics as a profession. His prompt response was an epiphany to me, a discovery that politicians will almost always answer letters.
Throughout my high school years, I wrote to many politicians and public servants and often received replies. I did not know about sig-mac machines that created facsimile signatures, nor did I realize that some politicians had staff who could imitate their scrawls. Innocently, then, I reveled in each letter I received and framed many of them for my bedroom wall.
I created this blog originally to share some of the letters and autographed pictures I received between 1961 and 1964, and to offer personal commentaries about issues and events that were current at the time.
Since that time I have indulged in whimsicalities and commentaries on various and sundry topics, as they occur to me. Most of these musings are secular in nature. I also write homilies and spiritual meditations in The Little Scroll, which I invite friends to read at their leisure.
Philip E. Jenks is a free lance writer and church communication consultant retired from the staff of the National Council of Churches in the U.S.A. Throughout his career, he has also written for daily newspapers, American Baptist Churches in the USA, and the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches.
Another WordPress blog, www.bunadiary.com, is a transcription of the World War II diary of Philip’s father, Elmore Jenks.
Philip is married to the Rev. Martha M. Cruz, parents of six children and four grandchildren.
Dear Mr Jenks,
Regarding RAF Woodbridge Chapel Suffolk UK
I thought i would drop you a line as recently found your website. At the moment i am doing a bit of research into the Bentwaters and Woodbridge chapels, as myself and my family used to attend there in the 1960s/ early 70s.
It would be great to hear from you if you have any memories to share.