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Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator—and Comedian?

"When I go in for a physical now they no longer ask how old I am, they just carbon date me." - President Ronald Reagan While one of the most prominent and divisive political figures of the 20th century, Ronald Reagan did have one skill that appealed to many Americans across the political spectrum—he was…

From War to War to War: U.S.-Soviet Relations, 1945-1985

March 11, 1985 Dear Mr. General Secretary, As you assume your new responsibilities, I would like to take the opportunity to underscore my hope that we can, in the months and years ahead, develop a more stable and constructive relationship between our two countries… Thus began President Ronald Reagan’s first letter to Mikhail Gorbachev, the…

A Note from the Artistic Director

In 1985, after decades of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev assembled for a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. These men, representing two of the world’s superpowers, sat in cream-colored armchairs; once the photographers had captured the occasion on film, only interpreters were…

Who’s Who in Blind Date

RONALD WILSON REAGAN (1911 – 2004) Born in northern Illinois in the second decade of a new century, Ronald Reagan grew up in a poor family, his father an Irish Catholic traveling salesman. At age 11, he chose to be baptized a Protestant, his mother’s faith. Attending Eureka College, “Dutch” (as his father nicknamed him) was a…