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    Ronald Reagan Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", Pacific Palisades, California, June 4 [1961], in response to Reverend Luther M. Schliesser Jr.'s typed letter dated May 31, 1961 (included). Reagan's letter is written on his own stationery on which his name is misspelled "Ronald Regan." The future president, however, has inserted an "a" above its rightful place. In his one-page letter, Schliesser requests of the future president: "Will you give me your evaluation of the Cinema Educational Guild, Inc.? Are the statements in the enclosed tract true? Thank you for your answers and thanks again for helping keep America free." Reagan responds in part: "In my opinion this organization exists to sell pamphlets. They'd probably hate to see Communism destroyed because they'd be out of business. Of course, some of the names they list are Communists but many are good patriotic citizens and some are known to me as staunch anti-Communists. To those of us who were engaged in the real fight here in 1947 [Myron] Fagin is unknown as a screen writer or producer nor did this organization do anything to help us. Smear sheets of this type do more to hinder & actually result in helping the 'Reds.'"

    Reagan, an anti-communist activist throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, was still serving as the host of the television series General Electric Theater when he wrote this letter. The following year, 1962, G.E. released Reagan as host, but five years later California elected him governor. Myron C. Fagan (1887-1972) wrote, produced, and directed American films until the late 1940s when he began writing anti-Communist pamphlets. He was the national director of the Cinema Educational Guild. Negligible stains occur on Reagan's letter.

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