“Forgotten Hollywood”- Movie Night with Ron and Nancy…

Posted on February 26, 2018 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`As two former actors transitioned to a new career, they never forgot their roots in cinema. Such is the story of former President and First Lady, Ronald and Nancy Reagan. A new book chronicles film nights at Camp David, where the bill-of-faire was celluloid of the 1980s.  The author is Mark Weinberg, a former aide to the president. It is published through Simon and Schuster.

“`Movie Nights with the Reagans:  A Memoir is a fascinating, yet, seldom told tale of the Aspen Movie Club, the most exclusive gathering of its kind. Many weekend evenings, during the Reagan Administration, its members appeared at 8p at  Aspen Lodge, the presidential residence at  Camp David, Maryland, to watch a flick. An evening included toothpicked meatballs and weanies, popcorn, and a private screening room. The guests were staff and personal friends.

“`Surprisingly, the movies selected were the popular productions of an era that was foreign to the type that featured the president or first lady, years before. But, the topicality of each film allowed the audience an opportunity to discuss personal and professional issues of the day. Some of the flicks selected include Red DawnFerris Bueller’s Day OffRaiders of the Lost Ark, 9 to 5On Golden PondThe Untouchables;  plus, their singular favorite, Chariots of Fire.

“`In all, the executive couple screened over 360 films in their eight years in Washington. And none featured a simian named Bonzo. In the final analysis, movies at Camp David offered the former actors the same kind of respite most people seek in a dark theater.

“`And, so it goes…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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