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Lot 1538

Reagan, Ronald (1911-) 40th President of the U.S. (1981-89). A film actor who was president of the Screen Actors Guild, he was a supporter of the New Deal long before he joined the Republican party in 1962 and began to champion right-wing causes. As governor of California for two terms (1967-75), he cut state welfare and medical services and education funds. After leaving office, he campaigned for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination but lost narrowly to Pres. Gerald Ford. Four years later he won the nomination and, with his running mate, George Bush, resoundingly defeated Pres. Jimmy Carter. His presidency had barely begun when he was shot by a would-be assassin, John Hinckley, Jr., on Mar. 30, 1981; he recovered quickly. His tax and spending policies, however, led to enormous peacetime budget deficits, greatly increasing the national debt. In 1994 he disclosed that he had Alzheimer's disease in hope of increasing public awareness of the illness.

Lot of two. The first item is a "Masquers Honor Ronald Reagan" program, dated October 9, 1959, signed by Ronald Reagan, Edward G. Robinson, Spring Byington, Jack Benny and June Allyson. Everyone has signed on one side of the opened quarto program. There is significant soil, presumably from the dinner itself, but the signatures are nice and strong. Our second item in this lot is another Masquers program, this time honoring Steve Allen. Dated December 4, 1959, this program features the signatures of Allen, Jayne Meadows, Kirk Douglas, Louella Parsons Less soil than above, good condition.

Reagan was a movie star long before he was a politician and here we have a great link to that part of his life and his contemporaries!
Estimated Value $350 - 400.
Please note the extensive collection of Presidential biographies in our Political Memorabilia section.

Realized $201

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