Late Night: Birthday for Bonzo–Reagan’s Turning 100 Years Old

How would you celebrate Ronald Wilson Reagan’s 100th birthday which is just five days away, on Super Bowl Sunday?

According to the LA Times

[j]ust before kickoff, a tribute to Reagan will be displayed on the massive Jumbotron at Cowboys Stadium in Texas

I wonder how cold it will be that day, if anyone will be able to thaw out of their houses and get to the game…Wait who’s performing at halftime? And who’s playing for that matter?

But back to the Gipper: Sadly for some folks, Mt. Diablo in California did not get renamed Mt. Reagan, but you can still learn about how Ronnie was Satan, except that the real number of the Beast is really 616, so all those kids with triple 6 tats, all those heavy metal bands,  and all those people who think Reagan is really the Antichrist are wrong, at least about the numerology part.

Gosh you can learn all about Ronnie’s voyage from GE to the White House courtesy of a General Electric sponsored website. And to educate the youth of America about Ronald Reagan

Indiana has invited fourth- through 12th-graders to submit a 500-word essay that answers the question: “What is Ronald Reagan’s most important contribution to American history?”

Um, El Salvador? Panama? Fawn Hall’s underpants? The War on Drugs? Arms for hostages? Astrology in the White House? (I am all for that actually!). Oliver North’s career?

How about lack of AIDS funding? (This year marks 30 yrs of HIV/AIDS.)

Maybe we can write some really appropriate birthday poetry for Ronnie tonight.  Meanwhile, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

plans a concert at the Reagan library featuring, among others, the Beach Boys, who were banned from the capital’s 1983 Fourth of July celebration by Interior Secretary James G. Watt, angering Nancy. Watt said the group attracted the “wrong element” but changed his tune after the president and Mrs. Reagan made it clear that they liked the Beach Boys.

Wow, Watt. What an idiot. Who put him in charge?

(Full disclosure, my first stepfather was married twice to Ronald Reagan’s first wife, actress Jane Wyman, and I went to YMCA ballet class with Ronnie, Jr when I was like 4 or 5).

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.