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January 29, 2011 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Ronald Reagan admirers wanted to go all out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the former president's birth on Feb. 6 ? a fighter jet flyover, a 21-gun salute and a Beach Boys performance are among the commemorations. But the Great Communicator's centennial birthday conflicts with another great American mega-event: Super Bowl Sunday. Yet Reaganites, true to the Gipper's attitude, saw an opportunity. Just before kickoff, a tribute to Reagan will be displayed on the massive Jumbotron at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, perhaps fitting for this larger-than-life persona.
November 11, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
If they host it, will they come? The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library announced Thursday that it plans to invite "all of the leading contenders" to a spring 2011 debate in Simi Valley, the first Republican presidential primary debate of the 2012 cycle. NBC News and Politico have signed on as media partners. "Ronnie would be thrilled that the road to the White House will begin at his Presidential Library," former first lady Nancy Reagan said in a press release. "I look forward to welcoming and watching the top candidates debate the issues next spring.
January 25, 2009 | times wire reports
One of four original copies of the Magna Carta is the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley. The exhibition ends June 20 and will include scenes from life in England in 1215, the year the Magna Carta was recorded. The document, considered important because it guaranteed basic freedoms and rights, is owned by the Lincoln Cathedral in Lincolnshire, England.
June 24, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Early Monday, 41 foreign ambassadors and their spouses caught flights from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles to "Experience America." "Washington, D.C., is not America," said Ambassador Kailash Ruhee of the Republic of Mauritius. "D.C. is the center of power for the U.S., and it's extremely important, but also it's extremely important to know what else is happening in the other states." U.S.
November 9, 2007 | Steve Harvey
Westside dentist Dale Cooper has a patient whose 80ish mother fell down, and when paramedics arrived, they asked her a few questions to assess her condition. She correctly told them her name and what day of the week it was. But when she was asked who the president is, she paused. Finally, she said, "I can't remember his name, but I didn't vote for him." She was pronounced in good condition.
November 9, 2007 | Steve Chawkins and Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writers
A lavish gala was to kick off a display of Nancy Reagan's ball gowns Thursday night, but visitors to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library near Simi Valley were buzzing more about the landmark's record-keeping problems -- lapses so severe that National Archives officials are unable to say whether gifts to the Reagans have been stolen or are lost inside the massive museum complex.
November 8, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writers
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is unable to find or account for tens of thousands of valuable mementos of Reagan's White House years because a "near universal" security breakdown left the artifacts vulnerable to pilfering by insiders, an audit by the National Archives inspector general has concluded.
June 14, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Taking an important first step in finally making Simi Valley's biggest tourist attraction a part of the city, a regional land use agency Wednesday voted to recognize the city's connection to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
April 5, 2007 | Claire Noland, Times Staff Writer
Jay Koch, a Ronald Reagan look-alike who doubled as the former president in movies, functions at the Reagan library and a steady stream of personal appearances since the 1980s, has died. He was 81. Koch died of heart failure March 19 at his home in Port Hueneme after battling cancer since last summer, his daughter Maureen Foster said this week. With his thatch of thick dark hair, a warm smile and twinkling eyes, he bore a remarkable resemblance to the former actor turned politician.
February 15, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum announced Wednesday that it would hold its first ever Republican presidential debate this spring. The debate is scheduled for May 3 and will be televised live on MSNBC and webcast on a new site,, where questions can be submitted to the candidates. Nancy Reagan has invited nearly a dozen possible participants.
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