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6 Awesome Things You Probably Didn't Know About Ronald Reagan
Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2012 | Elisabeth Meinecke

Posted on 04/04/2012 6:00:41 PM PDT by Kaslin

It's no secret that Ronald Reagan holds a special place in the heart of conservatives--and indeed most Americans. Winston Groom, who has a new book out on Ronald Reagan, spoke Wednesday evening at a Reagan exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and shared fascinating anecdotes from Reagan's past that gave insight into what shaped the 40th president of the United States.

Some of the most dynamic examples revealed Reagan's ability to embrace hard work and take on even the most unglamorous of jobs. They also showed a man who knew how to overcome obstacles through that hard work. Try reading these tidbits Groom shared with the audience Wednesday and not be inspired:

--Reagan went from a scrawny, 90-pound guy trying to make it on the football team to captaining the team. What helped him was a job in construction, of all things, that helped him gain bulk. It's fun, in these days of weight rooms and athletic trainers and sports camps from before you learn how to drive, to see a guy who could transform himself without any of the bells and whistles.

--One of Reagan's jobs was washing dishes in a sorority house.

--Another of Reagan's initial jobs was working as a sportscaster, covering the Chicago Cubs. This job would eventually launch his acting career, because the Wrigley family owned an island in California where the Cubs would go for spring training. While in California, Reagan looked up an old contact who was working in showbusiness out there.

--Reagan graduated from college in 1932, which Groom characterized as possibly the worst time anyone could graduate from college. Reagan didn't get the job his father had lined up for him--something that Reagan feels changed the entire course of his life. So the next time you get turned down for a job, remember Reagan's story.

--During his time in the military during World War II, Reagan actually came up with an idea to utilize the talent of Hollywood set designers to help create 3D models of targets that the U.S. needed to bomb.

--Reagan couldn't afford horses, but he loved riding them, so he actually joined a military program similar to ROTC which enabled him to ride.

Groom said he wrote his new book, "Ronald Reagan, Our 40th President," for young adults to learn more about this contemporary president, but, based on the facts he chose to share Wednesday, it's likely the generation that elected Reagan will find themselves falling in love with the Great Communicator all over again.


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1 posted on 04/04/2012 6:00:48 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
One of Reagan's jobs was washing dishes in a sorority house.

Proving that Reagan was a very smart man :-)

2 posted on 04/04/2012 6:03:46 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: Kaslin

You know what I found out Ronnie didn’t wear any TV makeup story was after Love in the air Old guy working for Warner Bros said SON you don’t need makeup you have complexion don’t need it after that NO Makeup


3 posted on 04/04/2012 6:04:49 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Kaslin

Some years back, the History channel had a pretty good show about Reagan. It talked about a lot of little things that I found interesting like him collecting acorns to feed to DC squirrels.


4 posted on 04/04/2012 6:07:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kaslin
It's no secret that Ronald Reagan holds a special place in the heart of conservatives--and indeed most Americans. Winston Groom, who has a new book out on Ronald Reagan, spoke Wednesday evening at a Reagan exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and shared fascinating anecdotes from Reagan's past that gave insight into what shaped the 40th president of the United States.

People can get the same information from Reagan's autobiography, "An American Life."

5 posted on 04/04/2012 6:08:44 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Kaslin

Geez do I miss that guy in the American stage...proudest votes I’ve ever cast were for him...


6 posted on 04/04/2012 6:09:49 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: SevenofNine

I remember a story about his early acting days in a western. While they director was setting up a shot, Regan was scraping a mound of dirt together with his feet and made himself the tallest man in the scene without anyone noticing till it was too late to change.


7 posted on 04/04/2012 6:10:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kaslin

I know that I think Mitt Romney tries to make his voice sound like Reagan’s and it’s creepy.


8 posted on 04/04/2012 6:12:49 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the
bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will
spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like
in the United States where men were free.

Ronald Reagan
40th president of US (1911 - 2004)

9 posted on 04/04/2012 6:15:50 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Kaslin

Interesting fact; he had a pen pal for 50 years.

Philadelphia native Lorraine Wagner first wrote to President Reagan when she was 13 and he was in his 30s. Her request was an autographed picture.

Out of 10 celebrities she wrote to, only then-actor Ronald Reagan (search) wrote back. They were pen pals for the next 50 years.

“It was a very cordial relationship, a relationship that began by simply writing letters ... a relationship he allowed to evolve to a friendship,” Wagner said. “That’s the extraordinary part of it and the extraordinary character of the man who allowed that.”

Wagner sent hundreds of letters and gifts to the actor-turned-governor-turned president. He responded to her more than 200 times, sometimes offering a rare insight into his personal life, although most of the letters centered around their daily lives and families.

Reagan wrote in one letter: “I’ve been asked to run for governor and while I’m highly honored, I don’t think I’m right for the part.”

Wagner denies there was anything more than just friendship between the two, although she might have had a teenage crush on the dashing Hollywood star.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,122308,00.html#ixzz1r7ln675K


10 posted on 04/04/2012 6:18:54 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: RedMDer

Reagan knew the truth about freedom.

We are in a sad state of affairs today.


11 posted on 04/04/2012 6:27:03 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: SevenofNine

OMG! How ‘bout some punctuation?? Had to read your comment 5 times before I could figure out where one sentence ended and another started. Geeeez!


12 posted on 04/04/2012 6:31:52 PM PDT by jackibutterfly (Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth. :-))
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To: Kaslin

Thanks for posting, Now I’m #1 on the waiting list at our library!


13 posted on 04/04/2012 6:49:42 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Kaslin

http://archive.org/search.php?query=Ronald%20Reagan%20AND%20mediatype%3Amovies

Ronald Reagan movies, TV, speeches, tributes...


14 posted on 04/04/2012 6:56:46 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: SevenofNine

Huh? Good grief...


15 posted on 04/04/2012 7:11:30 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired high up in the mountains of the American Redoubt. Nothing beats that!!!)
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To: Kaslin

I love learning all things Reagan.


16 posted on 04/04/2012 7:11:39 PM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Gator113

The library is pretty good..


17 posted on 04/04/2012 7:18:18 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: jackibutterfly

Ha-ha i liked that reply a shift key could be lose a bad keyboard might be the cause his computer could be pregnant


18 posted on 04/04/2012 7:30:35 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Kaslin

Reagan Telling Russian Jokes.....

enjoy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=FL4z74WD1EexQCEdbCn2ckrA&feature=player_detailpage&v=mN3z3eSVG7A


19 posted on 04/04/2012 7:38:31 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("Liberalism lives in a gated community surrounded by a mote." R.H.Limbaugh 4-3-2012)
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To: Kaslin

True story: I’m a big Batman fan and have had the nickname since I was 15 (even had the car) and that was 37 years ago. Last April, 2011, I was visiting my brother that now lives in Ventura, CA.

We took a day and went to the Reagan Libarary in Simi Valley. It’s the third time I’ve been there. They’ve completely remodeled it and have the new Air Force One exhibit.

I was, as always, wearing a Dark Knight t-shirt and ran into Aaron Eckhart’s father and mother there. He sent me a signed movie poster (huge) that I have framed in my home.


20 posted on 04/04/2012 7:45:45 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless.)
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To: Kaslin

The first vote I cast, and my first Commander In Chief. Both were an honor.


21 posted on 04/04/2012 7:52:42 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Kaslin

He’s not the Messiah.


22 posted on 04/04/2012 8:29:50 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Anybody but Obama because it's not always about me™)
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To: cripplecreek
Loved that story. I first saw it on a Japanese television news show in the late 1990's. This was when the Reagan legend was just beginning to form and the average Japanese still appreciated him more than the average American.

The reporter was aware that Reagan's critics snickered about squirrels following him around the white house grounds and how it proved he was some kind of nut. The Japanese reporter, an older classy gentlemen, asked Reagan for his side of the story. Reagan beamed and explained that the reason the squirrels followed him was because he collected acorns to hand out. It was one of his favorite ways to relax around the white house when he was stuck in Washington.

Quite the contrast to B.J. Clinton's favorite method when the story aired: getting blow-jobs from interns.

23 posted on 04/04/2012 8:57:15 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Kaslin

Another little known aspect of the man. he liked to build models:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2669452/posts


24 posted on 04/04/2012 9:16:16 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Kaslin

25 posted on 04/04/2012 9:32:14 PM PDT by Zakeet (Obozo is to competent as an Etch-A-Sketch is to art)
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To: Kaslin

More interesting facts about Reagan:

At the age of two, Ronald Reagan and his family left Tampico, Illinois and moved to Chicago, where his father had taken a job selling shoes at Marshall Field’s department store. They lived in the city near the University of Chicago and Ronald witnessed urban life firsthand – the gaslit sidewalks, streets alive with people, carriages, trolleys, and the occasional automobile. While he watched the horse-drawn fire engines race by he dreamed of becoming a fireman. source: http://www.reaganfoundation.org/details_t.aspx?p=RR1001LT&h1=936&h2=937&sw=&lm=reagan&args_a=cms&args_b=1&argsb=N&tx=936


26 posted on 04/04/2012 9:43:12 PM PDT by ortho
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To: cripplecreek

Yeah I hear that one before LOL!

ROFL

That the story was Reagan 1980s bio American Life


27 posted on 04/05/2012 10:22:47 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: cripplecreek

OHHHHH I have hear of that story how about building a sign before George Bush Sr came into office he build new sign say WATCH OUT For Millie

Classic Reagan humor ROFL


28 posted on 04/05/2012 10:23:44 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Kaslin; All

Ronald Reagan dated Doris Day after his divorce from Jane Wyman when she and Reagan were contract players at Warner Brothers. Day, a staunch Republican, told him that he was so good at talking that he should be touring the country making speeches.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000013/bio
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Wow. He should have married Doris Day.
Wouldn’t THAT have been a President and First Lady!!!!


29 posted on 04/06/2012 12:51:12 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08

What’s wrong with Nancy? I think she was a fine First Lady


30 posted on 04/06/2012 1:27:50 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
What’s wrong with Nancy? I think she was a fine First Lady.

Two things: Patti and Ron, Jr.

31 posted on 04/06/2012 3:49:51 AM PDT by GreatOne (You will bow down before me, Son of Jor-el!)
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To: Kaslin
What’s wrong with Nancy? I think she was a fine First Lady.

Two things: Patti and Ron, Jr.

32 posted on 04/06/2012 3:50:37 AM PDT by GreatOne (You will bow down before me, Son of Jor-el!)
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To: Kaslin
What’s wrong with Nancy? I think she was a fine First Lady.

Two things: Patti and Ron, Jr.

33 posted on 04/06/2012 3:50:58 AM PDT by GreatOne (You will bow down before me, Son of Jor-el!)
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To: Kaslin
Oh, nothing wrong with Nancy. She IS a fine lady.

But think about it; DORIS DAY, First Lady. America's Sweetheart..an American icon.

Ok. I admit I love and adore Doris Day.

(My grandmother used to play her movies for us to watch when I was little and she baby sat me. I guess that's where my love of her took hold. LOL)

With Doris for a potential First Lady, he would have been sure to win by a huge landslide. America still loves her to this day.

If he had stayed with Jane Wyman? I liked her, too. But she had a reputation for being too bossy and headstrong. Doris, with her all American goodness reputation, love of animals? Perfect.

34 posted on 04/06/2012 4:54:58 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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