PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/07/1975 - HFSID 283819
Sale Price $2,762.50
Preparing to run for President (December 1975), he wrote this warm letter to longtime friend Lydia "Hup" MacArthur, signing it "Dutch." The letter fondly recalls his early days as a sportscaster, but adds: "In view of the circumstances ... I'd better be looking at the [year[ ahead."
Autograph Letter signed: "Dutch", 1 page, 7¼x10½. No place, "Dec. 7" . To "Dear Hup" [Lydia MacArthur], in full: "I don't believe it but another year has gone by. In view of the circumstances though I'd better be looking at the one ahead instead of the one just past. I'm not sure just how I arrived at where we are but Pete must be having a good laugh. It really seems only yesterday that he was offering me $5 and bus fare to broadcast the Iowa-Minn. game. Well he can enjoy the laugh because he played a big part in all that has been good in my life. Have a Merry Christmas Hup dear and a wonderful New Year." Horizontal mailing folds. Fine condition. Accompanied by original mailing (7½x4). Lightly toned and soiled. Top edge ragged from opening. Peter MacArthur, a Scottish-born vaudeville performer, was program director of WOC-Radio in Davenport, Iowa in 1932 when 21-year old Ronald Reagan arrived to apply for a job. Although he had tentatively filled the position already, MacArthur granted Reagan an impromptu audition in the hall (an imaginary football game) and hired him on the spot. Reagan remained forever grateful, and after Peter's death kept in touch with his widow, Lydia "Hup" MacArthur. When he wrote this letter, Reagan was just concluding his second term as Governor of California and preparing to compete with President Gerald Ford for the 1976 Republican Presidential nomination. Reagan would fall just short in that bid, but would defeat President Jimmy Carter (who had bested Ford) to become 40th President of the United States (1981-1989). Two items.
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