A Letter From the Publisher: Apr. 11, 1988

You all know the fellow on the left, but the one with the notebook is probably a little less familiar. He is John Parmelee, 17, a high school senior in the District of Columbia who saw his dream come true last week when he interviewed Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office. "He put me at ease immediately," Parmelee said. The student spent ten minutes with the President, asking him, among other things, how life had been different when Reagan was 17. "I wasn't doing what you're doing," the President said with a smile to his White House visitor.

Parmelee's session with...

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