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    The "Great Communicator" relates a story

    Ronald Reagan Autograph Letter Signed. One page, penned on recto and verso of a blind-stamped crested notecard, approximately 7.25" x 5", n.p., n.d. [ca. early-1990s], accompanied by the original transmittal envelope. The aging former president wrote this friendly note from his office in Los Angeles to Phil Regan of Pasadena, California, relating a humorous story from his visit to Ireland in 1984.

    It reads in full: "Dear Phil - It was good to see you. Nancy sends her regards and so do I to both you & Jo. Here's the story. Nancy & I made a brief trip to Ireland in response for them for sending a complete record of the Reagan family (my father). While there a young Irishman took us on a tour of an ancient cemetery. Here goes: We came to a large tombstone on which was inscribed, 'Remember me as you pass by for as you are so once was I. But as I am you too will be so be content to follow me.' This was too much for some Irishman who scratched a line beneath the inscription. It read, 'To follow you I am content. I wish I knew which way you went.' That's it. Best Regards, Ron."

    Phil Regan was an American singer and actor, who later served time for bribery in a real estate scandal. Regan headlined musical comedies at both Republic and Monogram studios, retiring in the mid-1950s. Apparently he befriended Ronald Reagan during his acting years and endorsed Reagan for governor of California in 1966 against incumbent Edmund G Brown. Letter is boldly penned.


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