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Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004

In a Nutshell

by SUSAN DAVIS

Any kid from Dixon, Illinois can make it..as long as they cultivate a relationship with the FBI, bust a union or two, rat out their Hollywood friends, and fire a few philsophers.

After that, it was a down hill coast for Ronnie.

But why did he call his wife "Mommy?"

SUSAN DAVIS teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.