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Ronald Reagan
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     challenging words:    governorship, anti-communist, inflation, margin, nomination, unemployment, conservative, eloquent, intermediate, hailed, grief, exposure, liberal, nuclear, announcer, rank
     content words:    Ronald Reagan, United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, Jack Reagan, Dixon Illinois, Eureka College, Knute Rockne-All American, World War II, New Deal, Republican Party


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Ronald Reagan
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     Many people have hailed Ronald Reagan as one of the greatest presidents ever to lead the United States, while those who disliked him minimized his accomplishments. People found they either loved Reagan or hated him, there was no middle ground.
 
2     Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911. As a baby, his father nick named him "Dutch" (short for fat little Dutchman), and the name stuck. Jack Reagan had trouble holding steady jobs. The family moved from town to town before finally staying in Dixon Illinois. In his teens, Ronald worked as a life guard and was credited with saving several lives.
 
3     After graduating from Eureka College, he began working as a radio sports announcer for a station in Iowa. During a trip to California when he was 26, Reagan met an agent who signed him for his first film, "Love is On the Air." His career went on to include more than 50 films, the last one in 1964. His two best known roles were in "Knute Rockne—All American" and King's Row."
 
4     In 1942, Ronald Reagan took time out from acting to serve his country during World War II. After being discharged with a rank of Captain, he began his political career. Two years after the war, he was elected for the first of six one-year terms as president of the Screen Actor's Guild. During that time, he became involved in disputes over the issue of communism throughout the movie industry. Those investigations changed his political beliefs from those of a New Deal liberal to those of a conservative. He officially joined the Republican Party in 1962.

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