As you are all probably aware, President Reagan passed away yesterday. It's always a sad day when we lose one of our leaders.
The Presdent's passing has made me wonder about the Oval Office and Amusement Parks. Has there been any modern day President that has made a campaign stop or Presidential visit to any major Amusement Parks?
Granted, I am only 36, but I can't seem to recollect any....
I recall Pres. Nixon visiting disneyland, but unsure if he was President at the time. I also remember the communist russian leader kruschev wanting to visit Disneyland but told he couldnt due to security concerns.
Ronald Reagan visited Santa Claus Land (now Holiday World) in March of 1955 (long before entering politics). We have a great photo of him posing with Will Koch's two grandfathers.
And V.P. Dan Quayle visited just a day before leaving for the national convention at which he was chosen as the running mate of George Bush (41).
Abraham Lincoln lived right down the road...but he went on to greatness long before we opened in 1946. (We do have two of his presidential signatures on display, though. Does that count for half-credit?)
I am heading to CP, HP, PKI, and HW at 6am tomorrow. Can't make the convention due to a work convention at the same time in Vegas. Believe me, 8 days at CoasterCon would be much cheaper than the 8 in Vegas....
Funny Dan Quayle story. He is quite the avid golfer now and plays on the celebrity tour. A few years ago I was working at Dan Marino's celebrity tournament and was walking in the ropes when a group of people asked me who was playing in the group. When I told them it was Dan Quayle they all looked at me with blank stares.
I said, "you know...former Vice President Dan Quayle?" No reaction. I said, "come on...the potato guy." That did the trick. How sad are American's? I mean really.
Ok smarta$$e$...I tossed in an unnecessary apostrophe. I was actually going to say, "How sad are Americans' recollection of history" but in the process of shortening my sentence I misplaced the punctuation. Sue me. At least I know who Dan Quayle is for crying out loud.
Thaks for the picture Paula. I am struck by how handsome Reagan was and his looks just refined with age. I should be so lucky.
Another quick story. Art Linkletter was one of the co-hosts of the Disneyland Grand Opening. Walt had pretty much run out of money with the project so he asked Reagan and Linkletter to do the event for scale.
Linkletter agreed on the condition that he could have the film vending contract for the first 10 years or so. Linkletter made a FORTUNE on that deal and he was said to be one of the wealthiest entertainers in the business. *** Edited 6/8/2004 4:06:39 PM UTC by wahoo skipper***