Today, I will tell you about a great man in American history. He was an over-achiever and
excelled in many areas. He was an actor, an athlete, a spokesman, and the 40th president of the
United States. His name was Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Ronald Reagan was born on Feb 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois. His parents were Jack and Nelle
Reagan and an older brother named Neil. He and his family then moved to Dixon, Illinois. He attended
Dixon High School. He played basketball, football, track, performed in plays, and was also a
lifeguard, saving 77 lives. He then went to Eureka College and became interested in drama. After
college, he served 8 years in the military. Due to vision problems, unable to fight in World War II,
instead he made training and morale films for the troops. After service in the military, he moved to Iowa
and worked at a radio station, in Davenport, Iowa. He became an actor, and was in movies like “Bedtime
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The Reagan Doctrine was the idea that we should stop communism before it can
enslave a country. On March 30, 1981 while leaving a speech, John Hinckley Jr. shot Reagan in the chest
and wounded him. He was okay after surgery, but James Brady one of his co-workers was not as lucky.
He was shot and remained paralyzed for life. John Hinckley Jr. was never convicted for reasons of insanity.
In 1952, Ronald Reagan married Nancy Davis, and they had a deep and loving relationship. They
wrote many love letters and notes to each other. Nancy once quoted, “if either of us left the room we both
felt lonely”. She also quoted, “I more than love you, I am not whole without you, you are life itself to
Being re-elected in 1984, President Reagan was busy trying to end the cold war. Also in an arms
race with the U.S.S.R., which ended, with Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signing the INF Treaty,
reducing each country’s nuclear arsenal. He also had to deal with the Iran-Contra Affair, in which some
of Reagan’s officials were selling weapons to Iran illegally, in hopes that Iran would in turn, release
some American hostages. His 2nd term ended in 1988.
After his presidency, was over he wrote an autobiography called “An American Life”. He also
worked on The Ronald Reagan Library, which contains diaries, memoirs, and important government
documents. He also traveled the world giving speeches, often charging $30,000-$50,000 per speech.
Ronald Reagan was a witness during the Iran-contra Affair trial. He said he could not remember what
happened and they thought he was lying. It was later proven that he did not lie, when he was diagnosed
with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994. After being diagnosed, he quoted “I will now begin the journey into
the sunset of my life.” He died at age 93, in 2004. On June 5, 2014, the Ronald Reagan Presidential
Foundation will honor his legacy, with a special program at his Presidential Library, marking 25 years
since his presidency, 10 years since his passing, and his influence on America today.
He left a legacy for us to remember, that still influences us today. Today, many view Ronald
Reagan as a hero, representing conservative ideas, such as promoting freedom and discouraging