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02/06/2010

Honoring President Reagan

February 6, 2010 | 10:48 am

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Admirers of President Reagan are planning what kind of party to throw next year for the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The Times' Richard Simon reports that events are planned across the country: A Reagan-themed float will grace Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena during the Rose Parade on Jan. 1. His boyhood home of Dixon, Ill., has commissioned an original piece of music -- the "Reagan Suite" -- to honor him. A program at Eureka College, from which Reagan graduated, will reflect on his Midwestern roots. Warner Bros. has been contacted about a possible event looking at the former president's Hollywood years. An effort is even underway to name a mountain in Nevada after him.

Reagan died in 2004 at 93.

Reagan's 100th birthday -- Feb. 6, 2011 -- will fall on Super Bowl Sunday. "We will be discussing possible synergies with that important day for the nation's attention," said Stewart McLaurin, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's Centennial Celebration.

You can find Simon's story here and Reagan's obituary here.

-- Keith Thursby

Photo: President Reagan with first lady Nancy Reagan during the inaugural parade in 1981. Credit: Associated Press

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