Ronald Wilson Reagan Part 42

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President Reagan talking to Jimmy Stewart and Gloria Stewart at a private birthday party in honor of his 75th Birthday in the White House residence. 2/7/86.

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Jimmy Stewart gets academy award in 1940

I am in Orlando at a hardware store convention. The distributor I sell has stores all across the country. Above you will notice a picture of Jimmy Stewart. Stewart’s father Alex owned a hardware store in Indiana, PA. For his work in The Philadelphia Story, Stewart won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Actor. On the night of his win, the story goes, after a swirl of post-Oscar parties, the actor took a call from his dad, who wanted to confirm that his only son had won “some kind of prize.” “I heard about it on the radio,” Alex said. “Yeah, Dad,” his son replied. “It’s a Best Actor Award. They give ’em out every year. I won it for The Philadelphia Story.” “What kind of prize is it?” “It’s a kind of statuette. Looks like gold but isn’t. They call it the Oscar.” “Well, that’s fine, I guess. You’d better send it over. I’ll put it on show in the store where folks can take a look at it.” It remained there for the rest of Alex’s life.

Ronald Reagan Salute before Superbowl on Feb 6, 2011

Ronald Reagan did not enter the world of politics until the age of 50 years old, and his first campaign was for governor of California in 1966. He was wildly popular in his home state and on election day emerged triumphant over Democrat Edmund “Pat” Brown by a margin of nearly one million votes.
It is amazing to me that Ronald Reagan beat Pat Brown so soundly back in 1966 and then this year when practically the whole country went to the right, Pat’s liberal son Jerry was elected governor of California. You what they say about California these days, “That is where all the fruits and nuts come from.”

The Making of a Presidential Centennial

By Stewart D. McLaurin, Executive Director, The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration

Planning for and celebrating the Centennial of the 40th President of the United States – Ronald Reagan – has been many months in the making and involved a complex vision, plan, and collaboration well beyond our home base of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in Simi Valley, California.
February 6, 2011 marked what would have been the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan. Ten times since 1950, the Congress of the United States has urged a special emphasis on a significant birthday of a former president or first lady (centennial, bicentennial, sesquicentennial). In 2009, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the creation of a bi-partisan commission to encourage the national celebration of President Reagan’s Centennial. As President Reagan would have wanted, not a single federal dollar was appropriated for the execution of these activities. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation has raised private funds, secured collaborative partnerships, and conceptualized plans for a national and international celebration with a balance of celebratory events and substantive initiatives.

1980 interview with Milton Friedman by Phil Donahue (part 5). Friedman greatly influenced me and as a result was a very involved in 1980 campaigning for Reagan.

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Little known presidential facts:

  1. The presidential faces on Mount Rushmore are as high as a five-story building, about 60′ from chin to top of the head. The pupils of eyes are 4′ across and the mouths are 18′ wide. The carving took 14 years, from 1927-1941. The total cost was about $990,000. A total 450,000 tons of stone was removed.b
  2. George Washington’s original ancestral name was de Wessyngton, from a certain William de Hertburn, a twelfth-century noble knight of the manor and village of Wessyngton who later changed his name to de Wessyngton (which is the Norman spelling of Washington).i
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