There Are Great Days Ahead

At his alma mater, Reagan puts forth a traditional vision

It has been more than half a century since Ronald Reagan lived in the flat, folksy precincts of north central Illinois. For the residents of his principal home town, absence has surely made the heart grow fonder. On his 73rd birthday last Monday, Reagan made his first stopover as President in Dixon (pop. 15,700). "I've never seen this town so happy," said Mayor James Dixon, a Democrat and great-great-great-grandson of Dixon's founder.

The President had a White House-catered lunch (salad, soup and pork) with First...

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