Did He Change Your Life, Too?
It never occurred to me that this would happen, but the title of my book, How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life, has prompted lots of people to write to let me know how Ronald Reagan changed *their* lives. The stories are all wonderful-when I was on his radio show just yesterday morning, for example, Kirby Wilbur told me that he and his wife met while they were both working on Reagan’s 1980 New Hampshire primary campaign-but some of the stories are particularly powerful. From a reader of The Corner:
My 11-month old son is named D____ Ronald G____ [first and last names deleted to respect the writer's privacy]. He is named after you-know-whom (being Jewish, his first name was reserved for his grandpa) at my Soviet-born wife’s insistence. You see, she was a young girl in the Soviet Union who listened on the Voice of America to the “Evil Empire” speech with her family huddled around a radio. She remembers her parents crying because finally the West understood. Her Dad was a dissident playwright who eventually joined the Moldovan “Freedom Parliament” where he signed Moldova’s Declaration of Independence from the USSR. He quit politics immediately and has been editor of a pro-democracy newspaper, when not writing his plays. These are the people who understand that Ronald Reagan was a gift to all mankind, they know that their freedom today is a result of his courage yesterday. In the 1940s and 50’s, until he died, my wife’s grandpa used to listen to the VoA and BBC hoping that the “Americans will come back and drive these Russians out”. Thanks to Mr. Reagan his unknown great-grandson was born in liberty. I guess I’m saying, there are millions of lives that Mr. Reagan changed and you are blessed for having known him.
Ronald Reagan, a gift to all mankind.
If anyone else has a story, send an email right along-and put “Gipper” in the subject line. I figure I’ll keep all the emails I receive, print them out, and give them to the Reagan Library.