This is a multi-category post.
A lot of stuff is going on in my personal life. Our family is moving from our home near San Diego State University (SDSU) to a new home in Fletcher Hills (East of San Diego, just above the City of El Cajon). More on this later.
Since, we are moving, I am going through a bunch of boxes trying to throw stuff out vice move stuff that should be thrown out. Some of these are politically historical. From 1987 through 1993 I was very active in a conservative youth organziation called Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). More information on the current state of conservative youth organizations via: Cal-YAF and Young America's Foundation. So I have a bunch of boxes of grass-roots conservative political stuff.
So in one of the boxes, there was a bunch of Ronald Reagan snap shot pictures and references. I didn't really get a chance to blog about President Reagan during his death, but to say the least he was very important to me for a lot of reasons. I personally view him as the most historically significant President in modern times. Maybe more on that later. I'd like to get to the point.
One of the pictures is a 1975 picture of Ronald Reagan and Jim Lacy taken by Steve Wiley (with Randy Goodwin also there) in Reagan's office on Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood. The reason that the guys were there was that Jim Lacy had just become Cal-YAF State Chairman. According to Mr. Lacy, "Reagan had been out of office as Governor for about a year and was planning his 1976 (unsuccessful) challenge to Gerald Ford at this time. Goodwin and I were subsequently made delegates to the Republican National Convention in 1976 so Reagan definitely liked YAF."
By the way, I was able to track down Mr. Lacy (now the Mayor Pro Tem, City of Dana Point) via another longtime YAF associate La Mesa City Councilman Barry Jantz.
As a Cold War history buff, this new post by the National Security Archive is a very interesting read.