Most conservatives revere and remember President Ronald Reagan’s two terms in office (1981 to 1989), but don’t always recall Reagan’s 1968 quest to win the Republican Party’s nomination. Reagan historian and author Gene Kopelson reveals new facts from his behind-the-scenes book “Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman” during the Long Beach Republican Women Federated March 14, 2020 meeting. A key fact is that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was Reagan’s hidden mentor. The March 14 meeting is at The Grand in Long Beach (4101 E Willow St.). Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a scrumptious buffet breakfast. The cost is just $30 for members and $35 for non-members with free parking.
Kopelson’s presentation is “Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protege, and Common Sense.” It includes audio clips, previously lost to history, reveal presidential candidate, and later President, Ronald Reagan discussing the critical importance of Eisenhower’s mentorship of Reagan in world affairs (Vietnam but much more), which extended through the end of Reagan’s presidency and beyond. In addition to presenting at many recognized organizations throughout the United States, CSPAN filmed his book talk and made it part of their American Presidency series.
Kopelson is national trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, a published historian, an active Churchillian, and a holocaust educator. A graduate of Princeton University with a BA Cum Laude in biochemistry, Kopelson obtained his MD degree from Columbia University, completed his internship and residency at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and for two decades was director of a cancer center affiliated with the Yale University School of Medicine
As a special bonus Republican Women Federated members and guests can purchase autographed copies of Kopelson’s book.
The community is invited to join like-minded women and men. The morning breakfast meeting is an opportunity to learn more about Republican Women Federated and how to be part of America’s largest grassroots organization. For information and reservations:
This article was released by the Long Beach Republican Women Federated.