Santa Barbara: The Peepers on the Hill

The Peepers on the Hill

The White House may be like a fishbowl, but at least it provides some privacy in the family quarters on the second floor. Not so Ronald Reagan's beloved Rancho del Cielo near Santa Barbara. When the Reagans are in residence, TV networks station cameras with giant telephoto lenses on a hilly knob in the Santa Ynez Mountains, three miles from the presidential retreat. Even from that distant vantage point, the equipment is almost powerful enough to show how many rashers of bacon are on the Reagans' breakfast plates. This summer ABC was especially eager to capture a recuperating Reagan on horseback,...

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