August 10, 2001 |
Maureen Reagan, who died of skin cancer on Wednesday, was a political pioneer, both for presidential progeny and Republican women. She was the first child of a post-World War II president to seriously seek elected office. In so doing, she undoubtedly provided some valuable lessons for the next presidential child to do so: George W. Bush. But equally important, she played a pivotal role in the GOP's efforts to recruit female candidates and close the "gender gap. " The results of those efforts are manifested today: Eighteen Republican women in the House and four in the Senate.
March 11, 1987 |
President Reagan's daughter Maureen was called on the carpet by her boss and labeled a "big mouth" by another critic yesterday for saying that Rear. Adm. John M. Poindexter and Lt. Col. Oliver L. North are "guilty of treason and should be court-martialed" for their actions in the Iran-contra affair. Conservative groups tried to organize a telephone blitz of the White House opinion line in defense of the two. "Thousands of phone calls are coming in protesting Maureen Reagan's outrageous comments," said F. Andy Messing Jr., executive director of the National Defense Council Foundation.
September 13, 1986 |
An outspoken feminist who has disagreed with President Reagan on abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment has his backing for a top Republican Party job. She's his daughter Maureen. Republican National Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf, saying he was acting at the President's request, yesterday endorsed Maureen Reagan as co-chair of the party. Fahrenkopf said Reagan backed his daughter for the party post on Wednesday during a meeting in the Oval Office. The post will be filled at the January meeting of the Republican National Committee in Washington.
March 13, 1987 |
It was interesting to see such contrasting reactions to the support given Ronald Reagan by the two main women in his life. When Nancy Reagan employed some Machiavellian moves to grease the skids under former White House chief of staff Donald Regan, she came up golden in the eyes of all but one of the major pundits who commented on her gamesmanship. The lone exception was New York Times columnist William Safire, who was widely denounced as a churl for daring to imply that the first lady's power plays made her husband look like an indecisive wimp.
May 2, 1987 |
Billy Joel disclosed yesterday that he would play six concerts in the Soviet Union this summer. The singer, who will play Moscow on July 26, 27 and 29 and Leningrad on Aug. 2, 3 and 5, will be the first American rocker to take a fully staged show to the Soviet Union since it signed a cultural exchange pact with the United States in 1985. "We're going in the red," said Joel. "Fortunately, I can afford to do this. " An exchange official said Joel's willingness to spend his own money on the project was "one of the reasons he's the first person going.
May 21, 1988 |
Colorado Gov. Roy Romer will deliver the commencement address tomorrow to the graduates of Agate High School - both of them. The governor is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. in the school gymnasium in Agate, a tiny (pop. "anywhere from 55 to 70," according to its fire department) farming community about 90 miles east of Denver. He'll address Penny Robbins and Richard Padilla, plus five eighth-graders who officially will complete junior high school and enter high school. "I came from a small school on the Eastern Plains.
January 7, 1987 |
Every year about this time, writers and broadcasters look back at the past year and then in a self-congratulatory way pick the top stories. Big deal. This is like waiting for the game to be played before deciding who you think is going to win. Don't you think you would be more impressed if a columnist could pick the top stories before they happen? I know I would. So here's what you have to look forward to in 1987. Remenber where you read it first: Surprising a lot of people, Halley's Comet returns.
April 2, 1987
KILLING ANIMALS FOR THEIR SKINS To all the people who like to show off their beautiful fur coats, hats, stoles, etc., and don't give a thought to the poor helpless animals that are the original owners of the lovely fur: Spare me Mrs. Mildred Schaible (letter, March 7) who covers up her guilt by saying "God is pleased when His creations are 'rightly' used . . . He clothed Adam and Eve in animal skins," etc. I really doubt that God would be pleased knowing how man tortures His creations to get those furs.
February 5, 1986 |
President Reagan turns 75 tomorrow, and he'll get two parties. Tomorrow he'll go to Washington's Constitution Hall, where he'll be saluted by appointees to his administration. But the big bash comes Friday night, when the President's California and New York cronies will throw him a party at the White House. That one's labeled "strictly private," which means no guest list is issued. The only known guests will be daughter Maureen Reagan and her husband, Dennis Revell, and Nancy Reagan's brother, Dr. Richard Davis of Philadelphia, and his wife, Patricia.
September 13, 1989 |
The Duchess of York is expecting her second child in March, Buckingham Palace said yesterday in a surprise announcement that even caught royal rumormongers unawares. "I am very pleased that the news did not leak out," said Sarah, 29. "I didn't want it splashed all over the front page. (Prince) Andrew was away flying helicopters but I decided to announce it because it is three months. " She added that she hoped the child will be "happy, healthy . . . and a friend to (Princess) Beatrice," who was born to her 13 months ago. It will be Queen Elizabeth's sixth grandchild.