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    Reagan High School Yearbook with, on a page, 80-word handwritten letter to a sophomore, Roxie, asking "without me here next year, how can you study"

    Ronald Reagan 1928 Senior Year in High School Yearbook Signed "Ronald Reagan - '28'" on page 143 on one of the "Autograph" pages with 11 others. The Dixonian/1928, 144 pages, 7.75" x 10.5". Dixon, Illinois. Navy morocco-grained soft covers. First blank flyleaf, mouse-eaten at the upper right edge and lower right corner, is signed by its owner at the upper left, "Rexine Hudson - '30." The book is, overall, in very good condition.

    On page 138, one of the local advertising pages, the 17-year-old future President has penned the following: "Dear Roxie If you dont quit taking in carnivals, poor Delbert will have a merry-go-round complex. But no kidding without me here next year, how can you study. Why if it wasn't for my guiding hand, ah woe unto Roxie! So Delbert gives away medals, well stick to him he'll take a lot next year. There goes the bell so I'll proceed to sign off. But remember me Roxie, when I'm far away. To be in your memory is paradise. Dutch." Reagan was given the nickname "Dutch" soon after his birth by his father who said he looked like "as fat little Dutchman" and the "Dutch boy" haircut his mother gave him when he was a toddler strengthened the use of the nickname. Rexine Hudson is listed as a Sophomore on page 39. Delbert Blackburn is listed as a Junior on age 35 and is identified, and pictured, on page 78 as "Captain-elect, Halfback" of the Dixon football team; Reagan is identified and pictured on page 79 as one of two tackles on the team. There are many other autographs and inscriptions.

    Reagan is listed on pages 8-9 (+ individual photo, listed as one of the Producers of this yearbook "Ronald Reagan Art"), 18 (as a class leader), 29 (+ individual Senior photo, lengthy caption), 46 (+ Student Council photo), 47 (+ Dramatic Club photo - "President"), 49 (+ the Boy's Hi-Y Club photo - "Vice-President"), 61 ("Heap Big Chief" at Junior-Senior Banquet), 64-65 (+ photo in the Junior Class play You and I, Reagan as "Roderick White, the son), 66-67 (+ photo in the Senior Class play Captain Applejack, Reagan as "Ivan Borolsky"), 76 (Football team photo, no caption), 79 (+ individual Football photo, lengthy caption), and 86 (+ Track photo). Reagan is wearing glasses in many of the group pictures. Reagan's writings as "R.R., '28" is published on pages 91-92 (essay, "Gethsemane"), 95 (poem, "Life"), and 103 (essay, "Meditations of a Lifeguard"). On page 107, under "Our Magazine Review", "True Romances...Dutch and Margaret." On page 111, the "Calendar" of the 1927-1928 Senior year lists, on October 13 "Ronald Reagan elected President of N.S. Student Body" (North Side), December 13 "Report on Older Boys Conference by Hoover and Reagan," December 19 "Ronald Reagan enters with corduroys and high-cuts," February 22 "McNicol and Reagan give a little idea of annual work," February 23 "Mendota game broadcasted by Reagan and Marks," and April 5 "Austin and Selander pay a dime for Coe Glee Club entertainment. Reagan and Cleaver, Finefield and Murphy receive honorable mention."

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    June, 2008
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