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General Information

Name:  Ronald Reagan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Reagan was born in Tampico and briefly lived in several towns and cities in Illinois, including Monmouth, Galesburg, Dixon and Chicago. He attended Dixon High School and attended Eureka College in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the thirty-third Governor of California (1967–1975). After graduating from Eureka College in 1932, Reagan went to Iowa to audition for jobs at small-town radio stations. He got a job broadcasting University of Iowa home football games for the Hawkeyes. Soon after, a staff announcer's job opened at radio station WOC in Davenport, and Reagan was hired. He soon moved to WHO radio in Des Moines as an announcer for Chicago Cubs baseball games.While traveling with the Cubs in California, Reagan took a screen test in 1937 that led to a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers studios. He spent the majority of his Hollywood career acting in "B" films.

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