PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/03/1989 - HFSID 290788
Handwritten letter to an ailing friend shortly after leaving the White House, adding about his own life: "I've had my fill of cardboard shipping crates."
Autograph Letter signed: "Ron", 2 pages (front and verso), 6½x3¾ No place, March 3 [1989).
To "Dear Dolores & Paul" [Ballachino] on card printed with his name and Presidential seal. In full: "Just received your birthday card for which I thank you. As for the rest of your message regarding your ill health, Nancy & I want you to know you'll be in our thoughts & prayers. Take care of yourself Dolores & to what the Dr's tell you to do. We're still settling in and I've had my fill of cardboard shipping crates. Every few days I get a few more emptied & then have to find a place to put whatever was in them. I'm afraid we accumulated a few things those last 8 years. Again our deepest sympathy to you Dolores and get well soon our prayers are with you. Sincerely". Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) had two careers: actor and politician. His first movie was Love is on the Air (1937) and his 53rd and last film was The Killers (1964). He was President of the Screen Actors Guld. In 1965, he wrote his autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me?, a line from his role as Drake McHugh in King's Row (1942). He hosted TV's Death Valley Days. During the failed Presidential campaign of Senator Barry Goldwater (1964), Reagan, a former Democrat, emerged as an eloquent spokesman for Goldwater and for the conservative cause. Elected Governor of California in 1966, he was reelected in 1970. Reagan began his campaign for the presidency and narrowly lost the 1976 Republican nomination to Gerald Ford. He was elected President in 1980 and was reelected in 1984. While Reagan was never without his critics, he had two undisputed achievements as President: moving the conservative message and program to the center of American politics; and helping to set in motion the collapse of the Soviet system which he had called "the evil empire." After leaving office in 1989, he wrote his second autobiography, An American Life. He lived longer than any US President until Gerald Ford. His final years were a valiant struggle against the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. Lightly toned. Fine condition.
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