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Michael Nedderman, was born in Lodi, California, where his aunt Audrey and a few cousins still live. Aunt Audrey, knowing her nephew’s interest in history and politics, informed him of letters appearing in the Lodi News Sentinel to which he sometimes responded. Several times debates developed with other writers to the Letters Section of the Sentinel including the one which became the genesis for America’s Primal Prayer (see the links in the book’s introduction to eleven letters he wrote in that debate, some pseudonymously).
Nedderman’s love of history came from his father who taught U.S. history and English and who regularly brought home library books for his son. While Nedderman’s early life wasn’t focused specifically on writing, he continued his interest in history and enjoyed writing letters-to-the-editor of the Hayward Daily Review (now the East Bay Times), San Francisco Chronicle and, later, the Sacramento Bee and the Lodi News Sentinel. Many of those letters developed into multi-letter debates with other writers and, sometimes, with one or more of his own pseudonyms--in other words, with himself. Several times he had two letters published on the same day using different names, of course.
Nedderman could see that his writing skill was improved by all that letter writing which motivated him to write a “how to” manual of writing letters-to-the-editor in the ’80s, not only to teach some of the useful tricks (like using a pseudonyms to get around some papers’ “once per month” restriction, or using female pseudonyms because editors don’t seem to edit women as severely as men), but to promote writing to the Letters Section as an excellent self-improvement exercise for clear, compelling, succinct writing (some papers limit letters to 150 words, but most are in the 250-300 word range).
Nedderman’s writing experience was also honed over several decades of paralegal research & writing, writing proposals and some ad copy. In 1993, he has also had a two-part article published in Inside Kung Fu Magazine and this one in 2008 on a political web site.
As an avid reader and fanatical history buff, Nedderman has always been in awe of those who wrote things that are still read and revered today, such as any classical work but, most specifically, the Declaration of Independence which has had such a profound and lasting impact on humanity. He wears a metal pin depicting a quill pen in his hat as a reminder that our Founders wrote the most politically significant documents with bird feathers on animal skins (parchment). Nedderman’s desire is that his effort to restore the knowledge of the Christian nature of, and the link between, the Declaration and Constitution is successful and works a positive effect on the preservation of the Founders' understanding of American government and provides support for a defense of religious liberty which is under an aggressive and unrelenting attack today.