Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Ron Reagan Jr.
Ron undertook a different philosophical and political path from his famous father at an early age.
At 12, he became an atheist and told his parents that he wouldn't be going to church any more.
he dropped out of Yale University in 1976 after one semester to become a ballet dancer
"It is widely known that Ron's parents
have not managed to see a single ballet performance of their son,
who is clearly very good, having been selected to the Joffrey second company,
nonetheless, Ron talks of his parents with much affection."
President Reagan and Nancy went to see Ron Jr. perform in 1981.
President Reagan commented in his White House diary on this day
that Ron's performance was reminiscent of Fred Astaire.
In 1986, while his father was president, Reagan hosted Saturday Night Live
and performed his own version of the "underwear dance"
made famous by Tom Cruise in Risky Business.
His appearance made him the first and so far only child of a U.S. president to host the program.
an April 2003 interview, Reagan said,
"The Bush people have no right to speak for my father,
particularly because of the position he's in now.
Yes, some of the current policies are an extension of the '80s.
But the overall thrust of this administration is not my father's
—these people are overly reaching, overly aggressive, overly secretive, and just plain corrupt.
I don't trust these people."
Reagan lives in Seattle, with his wife, Doria, whom he married in 1980.
Ron Reagan stated, in a 2004 New York Times interview,
that he does not claim any religion,
but that his sympathies are with Buddhism.
"I have to say that flying on Air Force One sort of spoils you for coach on a regular airline."
"Ignorance can be cured."
"When you hear somebody justifying a war by citing the Almighty, I get a little worried, frankly."
"I mow my own lawn."
"My wife and I just prefer Seattle.
It's a beautiful city. Great setting.
You open your front door in the morning and the air smells like pine and the sea,
as opposed to bus exhaust."
(...thanks to wiki and brainy quote for these snippets)
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