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Ronald Reagan
PresidentReagan
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1911
Date of Death: 2004
Cause of Death: Alzheimer's Disease
Religion: Presbyterian
Occupation: Actor, Broadcaster, Politician
Spouse: Jane Wyman (divorced 1948)
Nancy Davis
Children: Maureen (d. 2001), Michael, Christine (d. 1947) Patti, Ron
Political Party: Democratic Party (until 1962)
Republican Party (after 1962)
Political Office(s): Governor of California (1967-1975)
President of the United States (1981-1989)
Turtledove Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct
State of Jefferson
POD: Pre-history;
Relevant POD: 1919
Appearance(s): "Typecasting"
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): The Victorious Opposition
Type of Appearance: Direct via radio (as "Dutch")
Occupation: Broadcaster
Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004), popularly called Dutch or The Great Communicator, was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). Born in Illinois, Reagan moved to Los Angeles, California in the 1930s, where he was an actor, president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and a spokesman for General Electric (GE). After Jimmy Carter's unsuccessful attempts to deal with the Iranian hostage crisis, the United States opted for the more hawkish Reagan to restore America's hegemony abroad. Reagan changed domestic economic policies to reflect the teachings of the Chicago School of Economics and unleashed the Strategic Defense Initiative, a system to defend against any possible Soviet nuclear missile attack. The resulting American economic boom and growth in military power helped bring about the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union.

Ronald Reagan in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

Ronald Reagan was a moderately famous film star during the 1940s. Diana McGraw, the founder of Mothers Against the Madness in Germany, met Reagan and several other actors at Gilmore Field while on an anti-occupation political tour of Los Angeles, California. Reagan gave a blistering three-minute speech attacking President Harry S. Truman.[1]

Ronald Reagan in State of JeffersonEdit

Ronald Reagan, a former California Governor, was running for the President of the United States in 1980. The Republicans of Jefferson, who leaned just a little to the right of Attila the Hun, were expected to favor him over all other candidates in the party's primary in that state.[2]

Ronald Reagan in Southern VictoryEdit

Dutch was a radio broadcaster in Des Moines, Iowa in the 1930s. He broadcast football games, and had a tremendous talent for capturing and holding audiences' attention by making every play sound exciting. Cincinnatus Driver was a fan of Dutch, thinking of him as a "great communicator."[3]

Reagan

Literary noteEdit

While Reagan's name is not given, the text makes fairly clear who he is.

ReferencesEdit

Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Jimmy Carter
President of the United States
1981-1989
Succeeded by
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by
Pat Brown
Governor of California
January 2, 1967 – January 6, 1975
Succeeded by
Jerry Brown
Party political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Gerald Ford
Republican Party nominee for President
1980, 1984 (won both)
Succeeded by
George H. W. Bush

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