Tom Badgett grew up in small-town Tennessee during the 1950s. His father, Jim Patton Badgett was the president of a local bank and pillar of the community.

Tom’s father, James P. Badgett, in his late 50s. Photo courtesy of Tom Badgett.

Despite having a job where he had to be engaging and a good communicator, he was distant at home, which made Tom think hard about what kind of a parent he wanted to be.

He came to StoryCorps with his daughter, Jordan Perelle, to reflect on his complicated relationship with his dad.


Top Photo: Jordan Perelle and Tom Badgett at their StoryCorps interview in Knoxville, Tennessee on October 11, 2010. By Virginia Lora for StoryCorps.

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Originally aired July 7, 2023, on NPR’s Morning Edition.