Essay on Ronald Reagan

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President Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois (Huckshorn 1). He was born in a small apartment above the Pitney General Store (Life Before 1). John Edward Reagan (his father) was a shoe salesman that was an alcoholic. The first time he saw his son he said, "For such a little bit of a fat Dutchman, he makes a hell of a lot of noise, doesn't he" (Life Before 1). This led to his nickname, "Dutch." Reagan's father barely had a grade-school education, but he loved his children. He tried to earn…show more content…
As a freshman he led a student strike in protest against a decision made by the college administration. "The student demonstration resulted in the resignation of the college president and a return to the old curriculum" (Life Before 2). Once Reagan graduated at Eureka he took a job as weekend radio sportscaster in Davenport, Iowa. Two years later he became a sports announcer (who2 1). In 1936, Reagan was the popular voice of baseball and football in the Midwest. In 1936, Reagan started into films. Warner Brothers offered him a salary of $200 per week. "By the time he became governor of California in 1967, he had 50 films to his credit" (Life Before 2). His most important film was the movie titled "Knute Rockne—All American". He used the words when he ran for president from this film, "Someday, when things are tough, maybe you can ask the boys to go in there and win just once for the Gipper" (Life Before 2). Reagan's film career began to suffer because of politics in the 40's.

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