Does President Reagan start each day with the funny papers? Did Jimmy Carter have a crush on his fourth-grade teacher? Does Gerald Ford believe that "(taking) a good spill never hurt anybody?"
Get the real lowdown on ABC's "Conversations With the Presidents" tonight at 8 (Channels 7, 3, 10, 42). Proving they're just plain folks, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford are interviewed by a rainbow of children in cozy settings across the nation.
It's a public relations dream.
From the Oval Office, with young people perched companionably close, Reagan answers comfortable questions about Lincoln's ghost (he hasn't seen it, but his dog Rex may have) and about boyhood fights with his brother ("we used to scrap pretty good").
Warmly confiding, Reagan interestingly refers twice to a time when "we" were governor--he and his wife Nancy.
In his closing statement, Reagan solemnly informs his young audience that an American can't go to Germany and become a German or to Japan and become Japanese, but "anyone from any place in the world can come to America and become an American."