Today we observe the 100th birthday of the only President of the United States with a degree in economics (so far). That warrants at least one brief mention in this august journal.
I would also like to note that the famous “Nashua Moment,” which some say helped Reagan win the nomination in 1980, took place in my birthplace: Nashua, New Hampshire.
(I don’t actually put too much stock in that sort of thing because I share a birthday and home state with Franklin Pierce.)
Many moons ago, Edmund Morris was hired to write the authorized biography of President Reagan. This was a mistake; Morris couldn’t figure the man out and bizarrely resorted to writing a first-person memoir of his own imaginary interactions with Reagan, complete with fictional characters and fictional endnotes. It was ridiculous.
However, Morris wrote an interesting article for this past Friday’s edition of the Washington Post. Here’s “Five Myths about Ronald Reagan.”