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 Ronald Reagan Collection

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(February 6th, 1911 - June 5th, 2004)

Ronald ReaganRonald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States of America, with Vice-President, George H.W. Bush. He held the office from Jan 20, 1981 through Jan 20, 1989. During his Presidency Reagan implemented sweeping political and economic changes, survived an assassination attempt, and ordered military action in Grenada. His second term in office is noteworthy for many foreign matters; the 1986 bombing of Libya, the Iran-Contra Affair, and most notably, the down fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. After leaving office Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 93. Ronald Reagan is the only President to have a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 6374 Hollywood Blvd.

Reagan was born in Illinois. Early in life he developed and strong faith in the essential goodness of people. After graduating from Eureka College in 1932 he traveled to Iowa and landed a job announcing home Iowa Hawkeyes football games on the radio. Other radio jobs followed, including as announcer for the Chicago Cubs, specializing in play-by-play announcing games the station received by wire. Traveling to California with the Cubs, Reagan was given a screen test in 1937 and landed a contract with Warner Brothers, working mostly in the B-film unit.

Reagan is fondly remembered for his role as George "The Gipper" Gipp in 1940's Knute Rockne, All American. His role in 1942's King's Row "made me a star." Reagan played a double amputee who gives the line "Where's the rest of me?", which would be the title of his 1965 autobiography. Unfortunately, with WWII, Reagan was not able to capitalize on the starring moment.

Ronald and Nancy ReaganAfter the War Reagan became President of the Screen Actor's Guild, guiding the union through the Taft-Hartley Act, the House UnAmerican Activities Hearings, and the Hollywood Blacklist period. It was through the Blacklist Scandal that Reagan met his second wife, Nancy Davis (Davis' name mistakenly appeared on a Blacklist, and she sought Reagan's help correcting the slip-up.) Reagan was hired as host of TV's General Electric Theater. Part of his contract required him to tour GE plants 16 weeks of the year, often making as many as 16 speeches a day. He would often talk about his conservative ideals. GE Theater was his last job in the Entertainment Industry.

Reagan had been a life-long Democrat and admired FDR's New Deal Policies. In time he came to value the ideals of Free Markets, Conservatism, lower taxes and limited government. In 1962 Reagan joined the Republican Party ("I didn't leave the Democratic Party, the party left me.")

He gave his endorsement to Conservative presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964. Reagan's "Time for Choosing" speech (included in this collection) raised $1 million dollars for the Goldwater Campaign, and is credited with starting Reagan's political career ("Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that  they know so much that isn't so.")

Ronald Reagan GorbechevImpressed with his political views and charisma, California Republicans encouraged Reagan to run for Governor in 1966, and he held the post until 1975. In 1976 he challenged the incumbency of Gerald Ford for the Republican Presidential nomination, but was defeated at the convention. In 1980 he won the nomination and defeated Jimmy Carter in the general election during a time of growing domestic concerns and the Iran Hostage Crisis. During his inaugural address the hostages were freed from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

This collection celebrates not only the Presidency of the Great Communicator, but the show biz career of a great entertainer. Included are movie related appearances on Lux Radio Theater and Screen Guild Theater. Reagan returns to his Sports Caster roots as he takes over for the vacationing host of Bill Stern's Sports Reel. Suspense takes advantage of Reagan's dramatic sensibilities. Part of the reason Reagan was such a beloved President was that he was able to maintain a sense of humor in most situations. This is heard in many of later speeches, as well as appearances on Bing Crosby and The Burns and Allen Show.

Reagan's public career is well represented here as well, from the beginning of his political presence in the "Time for Choosing" speech through the 1992 Republican National Convention. The collection closes with coverage of Ronald Reagan's funeral service in June of 2004.

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Ronald Reagan and microphone
Volume 1: 55 shows - total playtime 24 hours 58 minutes

1940-12-02 Lux Radio Knute Rockne All American
1942-04-16 Bing Crosby
1946-01-28 Screen Guild Theater
1947-08-10 Front and Center
1947-09-29 Bill Stern Sports Newsreel
1947-11-17 Lux Nobody Lives Forever
1948-01-02 Colgate News Sportsreel
1948-05-03 Lux Cloak and Dagger
1948-08-12 Tin Whistle
1949-03-18 Hi Gang
1949-07-29 Colgate News Sportsreel
1950-01-25 Burns and Allen
1950-03-23 Suspense One And One's A Lonesome
1950-07-19 FamTheater Kiss of Salomy Jane
1950-07-19 Kiss of Salomy Jane
1950-12-12 Cavalcade of America Ulysses In Love
1952-07-11Stars Over Hollywood I Give You Maggie
1953-04-12 Bakers Theater of Stars
1953-07-04 Stars Over Hollywood
1953-07-11 Stars Over Hollywood I Give You Maggie
1954-03-08 Suspense Circumstantial Terror
1958-05-23 Arnold Michaelis interviews Insight
1961-00-00 Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine
1962-03-11 GE Theater Promo w Barbara Rush
1964-10-27 Time for Choosing
1966-09-11 Meet the Press
1980-07-17 1980 National Convention of the Republican Party
1981-01-20 First Inaugural Address
1981-01-20 Mark Hatfield Wishes Jimmy Carter Well
1981-01-27 Iran Hostages Come Home
1981-02-05 Address To The Nation After 16 Days In Office
1981-03-02 Budget Cutting Plan
1981-03-06 Press Conference
1981-03-11 Speaks To The Canadian Parliament
1981-03-30 President Reagan Shot
1981-03-31 Dennis OLeary on Reagans Attempted Assassination
1981-04-28 Offers Support For The Graham-latta Substitute T
1981-06-15 First Press Conference After Assassination Attempt
1981-07-27 Fourth Address to the Nation on the Economy
1981-08-03 Air Traffic Controllers Ultimatum
1981-09-03 Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia
1981-10-01 Sixth Press Conference AWACS to Saudi Arabia
1981-11-10 Press Conference on Economy
1981-12-17 Crisis In Poland
1981-12-29 Sanctions Against Russia
1982-01-18 7th Press Conference
1982-01-19 Seventh Press Conference
1982-01-26 First State of the Union Address
1982-02-18 8th Press Conference
1982-05-13 10th Press Conference
1982-06-08 British Parliament
1983-02-04 Press Conference on the Economy
1983-03-08 Evil Empire
1983-03-30 Bilateral Arms Reduction Plan
1983-04-27 Joint Session of Congress Central America


Volume 2: 61 shows - total playtime 23 hours 22 minutes

1983-04-27 Newspaper Publishers Association on the Economy
1983-05-17 17th Press Conference
1983-06-28 18th Press Conference
1983-07-26 Press Conference on El Salvador and Nicaragua
1983-10-16 Announces William Clark Nominee Sec Of Interiors
1983-10-19 Press Conference Central America and Lebanon
1983-11-11 Addresses the Japanese Legislature
1983-12-00 Speaks To A Convention Of Educators In Indiana
1983-12-13 Declares The Second Week In December As 'Drugged
1983-12-14 Press Conference Lebanon
1983-12-20 Peacekeeping in the Middle East
1984-01-00 Formal Statement After The Freeing Of The Hostages
1984-01-25 State of the Union Address
1984-02-22 Press Conference Lebanon
1984-06-01 Shannon Airport
1984-06-04 Addresses Irish Parliament
1984-06-04 Pointe du Hoc D-Day Remembrance at Normandy
1984-06-06 D-Day Anniversay
1984-07-24 26th Press Conference
1984-08-19 Outlaw Russia Bombing in 5 Minutes
1984-08-23 1984-RNA 1984
1984-08-23 Prayer Breakfast Dallas Relationship Btwn Religion & Politics
1984-09-11 Press Conference Talks with Russia
1984-09-24 Address to the United Nations General Assembly
1984-10-07 Reagan Mondale Debate
1984-11-07 Victory Speech After Landslide Election
1985-01-09 Press Conference Russia
1985-01-21 Address School Bands About Inaugural Parade Cancellation
1985-01-21 Second Inaugural Luncheon
1985-02-06 State of the Union Address
1985-02-21 Second Inaugural Luncheon For President Reagan
1985-05-05 Concentration Camp
1985-05-12 Bonn Summit
1986-01-28 Challenger
1986-02-26 Increasing Military Spending
1986-08-12 Potential Summit With Gorbachev
1986-10-22 Tax Reform Act
1987-01-27 Democrats Response To State Of The Union Addres
1987-01-27 State of the Union Address
1987-03-04 Iran-Contra
1987-06-11 International Economic Summit in Venice
1987-06-12 At the Brandenburg Gate
1987-09-17 200th Anniversary of the Constitution Independence Hall Philadelphia
1987-09-25 Promises Continuing Aid To The Freedom Fighters
1987-10-23 Labor Department Speech
1987-12-00 Address to the Nation on the Berlin Wall
1987-12-10 Addresses The Nation On The Results Of The Summit
1988-03-01 NATO Meetings in Brussels
1988-04-21 Addresses The World Affairs Council In Springfield
1988-05-27 Summit with Gorbachev Helsinki Finland
1988-05-31 Moscow University
1988-07-12 Names Richard Thornburgh To Replace
1988-08-15 Address to the Republican National Convention
1988-09-22 Johnson Space Center Loss of Challenger Crew
1988-09-26 Addressing The United Nations For The Last Time
1988-11-11 Vietnam Vets
1988-12-13 Addresses The Conservative American Enterprise I
1989-01-11 Farewell Address
1989-01-12 Accepts The Dept Of Defense Medal For Distinguish
1992-07-14 Republican National Convention
2004-06-00 Funeral Service




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