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Straight from my mind to your screen—here’s a collection of my thoughts, from the heartfelt to the odd, and everything in between.



“A female fighter-pilot during WWII?
Impossible!”

-US Navy Airforce Commander   Circa 1942. America’s WWII workhorse fighter-plane, the US built P39 Airacobra A few years back, I was aboard the celebrated World War II aircraft carrier, the USS Midway, dry docked in San Diego, to celebrate the accomplishments of the US Naval Air Force in war. The guide stood in front... Learn More

“Ranks among the greatest books and stories about
World War II”

-Boris Sapunov, PhD., Hermitage Museum   One of the world’s great museums acknowledges the cultural importance of the groundbreaking book about the life and times of Russia’s greatest female flying hero. Ten years ago, I visited a little-known traveling exhibition called World War II though Russian Eyes, at a museum in San Diego,... Learn More

“Epic celebration of female accomplishment
in male-dominated societies”

- Voice of America, Washington D.C.   Ordinary child to Adolph Hitler’s worst public relations nightmare in less than 9 years There have been hundreds, maybe thousands of books about female accomplishment under adverse conditions. Curiously, one of the greatest woman against-all-the-odds stories, has somehow been lost in time for more than 70 years. ... Learn More

I Colluded with the Russians.
Again, Again, and Again.

Ten years ago, life took an unexpected turn. I rather accidentally discovered that the world’s first fighter-pilot was a teenage girl named Lilia Litvyak from Moscow. After some secondary research, I realized her short life was an epic story of one woman’s accomplishments in a male-dominated society. Three years, four trips, and hundreds... Learn More

I colluded with the Russians!

Ten years ago, I became fascinated by the random lore surrounding Lilia Litvyak, a soft-spoken Moscow teenager, who somehow became the world’s first female fighter-pilot and Adolph Hitler’s worst public relations nightmare, at the age of 19. I also realized because Lilia was Russian and perished in aerial combat some 70 years prior,... Learn More

The Russians are coming!
The Russians are coming!

Right or wrong, Americans have been obsessed with Russia as ‘the adversary” for all of my adult life, and then some. In that spirit, I offer a few actual facts. • Did you know, in 1944 during the Dewey-Roosevelt Presidential election, Dewy rang on the platform that said he would rid America... Learn More

CNN, New York Times, Hollywood Studios, TV Networks, the Senate, and Congress, in COLLUSION!

Russia Bashing Now America's Most Popular Sport! Interesting, outside the limelight, with no political agendas, two men-- one Russian, one American-- tell the largely unknown story of a remarkable 19-year old woman's accomplishments, against all odds, in a male-dominated society.   How did they do that? They decided to trust each other...without reservation. If you care about such matters, the following... Learn More

Men will be men!

For one moment-in-time, a group of Russians and Americans worked and played together in America The mission of the Top-Secret Project Zebra mission was simple. Make 185 of the largest custom warplanes for Russia in Philadelphia. And have an elite group of US Naval pilots train 330 Russian aces and their crews... Learn More

My collaborator, Greg Gagarin, the last living Zebra, greets father time with a smile and a bourbon.

June 1945 (l). My collaborator on Project Zebra, the young American naval officer, Gregory Gagarin, 22, with a fluency in Russian and a family genealogy that gathered respect in da Rodina (Russia). October 2017 (r). A smiling Greg, age 96, and now blind, shares a moment with wife Anne and daughter Katharine. I... Learn More

Top-secret mission recently declassified: Project Zebra

There is still buried treasure out there, and there are still buried, top secret WWII missions just recently declassified, like Project Zebra. Get ready for an amazing, largely forgotten top secret story in which the military of the United States and Russia worked side by side on the entire project, which was carried... Learn More