READ Alabama continues with Cold War vet as speaker
by Rachel Davis
Feb 26, 2013 | 989 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The third installment of this year’s READ Alabama will be held today in Mathews Lecture Hall in the Harold Wade Math and Science Building on the Jasper Campus of Bevill State Community College.

The featured author for today will be Phillip Norris, author of “Family Gram: Memoirs of an American Cold War Submariner.”

The book details Norris’ personal experience aboard five nuclear submarines as reactor plant supervisor during the Cold War. The name “Family Gram” is dervived from the 40 word messages that those stationed on the submarine could recieve from their family members. Norris chose to write the book as a collective response to those messages, as well as discussing the day-to-day life onboard a submarine and the difficult decisions and situations faced by the nuclear submarine crews during this tense time in history.

Norris was raised in Hamilton and inspired by President Dwight Eisenhower’s speech “Atoms for Peace” he decided to become a nuclear scientist. He joined the Navy Nuclear Program in high school. He served on five seperate submarines before retiring in 1994.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase a copy of the book and have it signed by Phillips.

The program begins at 4 p.m. and there will be refreshments served at 3:30 p.m. As always, it is free and open to the public. The final installment for this year will be Skip Tucker, author of “Pale Blue Light,” on March 12.

The program is a partnership between Bevill State Community College, the Walker College Foundation, Alabama Power Company, The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and the Walker County Arts Alliance.