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February 7, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hollywood luminaries joined some of politics' biggest names Tuesday night to celebrate Ronald Reagan's 85th birthday at Chasen's restaurant, which reopened for the occasion, but the guest of honor dined quietly at home in Bel-Air. The nation's 40th president, stricken by Alzheimer's disease, prefers to avoid large gatherings these days, so the big dinner party--hosted by Nancy Reagan at the storied West Hollywood eatery in which he proposed to her in 1952--went on without him.
August 20, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
A great disappointment in this day and age is not being able to hear from Ronald Reagan. Here he lives, right smack-dab in Los Angeles, an illustrious figure in state and U.S. history. Just to chitchat with the man--as sand spills through the 1900s' hourglass--would be a treat as sweet as a jellybean. His legacy is robust, at least, as one wishes Reagan himself to be.
April 14, 2001
Cameron Michael Reagan, the grandson of the former U.S. president and son of talk-radio personality Michael Reagan, completed a 90-day rehabilitation program for being caught with a small amount of marijuana late last year, authorities said. Reagan appeared before Judge Michelle R. Rosenblatt at the Van Nuys Superior Court for a progress report hearing Friday morning.
November 4, 1991 | Times Researcher Michael Meyers
1911: Feb. 6, 2 a.m. Ronald Wilson Reagan is born to John Edward Reagan and Nelle Wilson Reagan in Tampico, Ill., over the store where his father sold shoes. 1920-30: After moving five times in less than a decade, the Reagan family settles in Dixon, Ill., population 10,000. Reagan enrolls in North High School, where he makes the varsity football team as a junior and works as a lifeguard during the summer. He later enters Eureka College where he letters in track, basketball and football.
October 12, 1986 | David Pecchia, Pecchia is a Times editorial employee and regular contributor to Sunday Calendar
Organized crime will put a man in the White House someday--and he won't know it until they hand him the bill. The implication is obvious. The message--disturbing. These words, attributed to New York Police Department's Ralph Salerno in 1967, precede the text of Dan E. Moldea's "Dark Victory." Ronald Reagan had a featured part in the 1939 Bette Davis film of the same name. In Moldea's book, however, Reagan has the starring role.
UCLA will rename its renowned medical center after Ronald Reagan as soon as friends of the former president fulfill a pledge to donate $150 million to help rebuild the hospital, which was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, officials announced Wednesday. Reagan supporters have already raised $80 million for the eight-story building, designed by celebrated architect I.M. Pei, and for a separate Reagan library foundation.
June 7, 2004
I never met Ronald Reagan. But I admired him from a distance. His persona, his convictions and beliefs, his style and his love for our country forged me into who and what I am today. He made a Republican out of me. Although I was from another country, whose soldiers fought and died side by side with those of the U.S. for the cause of freedom, I completely embraced this "land of the free and home of the brave," which has given so much to me and my family by way of the opportunities to advance through the merits of one's personal hard work and dedication.
January 18, 1989 | ROBERT KOEHLER
"Where's the rest of me?!" Ronald Reagan cried in his role as an amputee in the film "King's Row." Reagan used the line as the title of his mid-'60s autobiography. It also applies to the "Frontline" documentary, "The Real Life of Ronald Reagan," narrated by Garry Wills, that airs at 9 tonight on Channels 28 and 15; 10 p.m. on Channel 50. This biographical study at first appears to be the very model of thoughtful reportage.
If you love Ronald Reagan, you will love Michael Reagan's book. Even if you don't particularly like either Reagan, this new "keepsake volume" is, like its subject, sometimes anachronistic, sometimes superficial, but always charming in a folksy, flag-waving way.
October 3, 1999 | LOU CANNON, Lou Cannon is the author of three biographies of Ronald Reagan, including "President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime." He covered Reagan's gubernatorial terms for the San Jose Mercury News and his national campaigns and presidency for the Washington Post
I Ronald Reagan, the most pleasant of modern presidents, was a frustrating interview. While usually friendly and invariably polite, he preserved the mystery of leadership by keeping himself to himself. When pressed, he deflected questions with well-worn anecdotes delivered with a practiced twinkle.
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