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11/16/06
I didn't know his nickname was Dutch, but I assume this is about President Ronald Reagan. Nice story.
I loved your mini-biography of Reagan - masterfully written! He was a strong personality and beloved by everyone, even enemies like Gorbachov. But I think what made him truly great was his wonderful sense of humor. He could take an insult and turn it into a joke. That's what brought down the "Iron Curtain".
11/20/06
Fascinating! I had no idea!
11/20/06
Actually, I knew the background and suspected as much when I began to read. A very good recounting. Thanks.
11/20/06
I loved this. I hadn't known all these things about President Reagan, and I enjoyed learning them. Thanks for sharing this
11/20/06
Very nice - I like the hints left for us to deduce who this really was. Well done!!! :)
11/20/06
I like this idea of taking someone famous and showing his humble beginnings, leaving us with a 'who am I' ending. Interesting!
11/21/06
Oh, Dave - I just ADORE the voice on this. You did an amazing job of description and storytelling - you surely painted a masterpiece. And what a fascinating topic as well! I may have to give you a "joanney" ;)
11/21/06
I too picked up that it was Ronald Regan.... Although, I must admit, I thought it was Arnold Schwarzenegger until you specifically mentioned he was called "president." Oops. Great red, Dave. For some reason the tense threw me a bit in the beginning, but that's probably just me. Great job.
11/22/06
Loved this! It was fun to read, I especially liked the 'musing' about his future.
11/22/06
A captivating read. I enjoyed reading along and putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Well done.
11/22/06
Well, Dave, I must hand this one a Marileeny! I knew at the first sentence who it was. Perhaps that was because I live near Eureka, Illinois, college home of Reagan. I have always adored him, especially his self-depreciating sense of humor. I really, really liked the way you had him sitting there, reflecting, a moment in time, frozen, while he was just on the brink of his life changing forever. Talk about reflection! Wow! Imagine! Also, it really spoke to me about possibility thinking. What could we all do if we could imagine it? God has gifted us all. Are we going to sit on that lifeguard's chair our whole lives or are we going to risk doing something even greater? Few do. Thanks for the inspirational story of one who dared. Very well done.