This weekend marks the anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birth.  The late conservative icon was born on February 6th, 1911 in Illinois.  His acting career took him to California, where he later served two terms as Governor.  Which he followed up with two terms as President.  Reagan wasn’t the father of modern conservatism, but he made it “fashionable”.  Before Reagan, the conventional wisdom in politics was a conservative Republican couldn’t win nationally.  He made it look easy.

In-office, he defeated our Cold War nemesis without firing a shot.  Today, Republicans still venerate the man, 18 years after his death.

Ben Crouch Found Reagan Was a Great Boss

Jerome County Commissioner Ben Crouch was a young man when he was challenged with finding an internship.  He decided to pursue a very big fish.  Crouch wrote Reagan, and not long afterward, found himself employed in helping establish the Reagan Library.  The former president quickly took a liking to the hardworking younger man.  Even lunching with Ben!

Remembering Reagan on His Upcoming Birthday

The Commissioner will share memories of the great man on Friday morning, February Fourth.  On Magic Valley This Morning on Newsradio 96.1 FM and Newsradio 1310 KLIX.

Ben now owns several businesses in the Magic Valley and publishes Northside News, which covers around-town events in Jerome and Gooding Counties.

In one of those small-word stories, when I was a boy, the daughter of one of the President’s first cousins lived down the street from my house.  Her parents were guests at the first Reagan inauguration in 1981 and she joked that one of her uncles was a spitting image of the President.

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