- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 21, 2001

Dinner with Dutch
To mark former President Ronald Reagans 90th birthday, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation has commissioned a rather impressive book of photographs titled "Ronald Reagan: An American Hero."
And dont just take our word for it.
"A work of devotional art," says William F. Buckley Jr., founder of National Review. "I havent seen a more beautiful portrait of anyone, living or dead."
Others given a sneak peak include television talk-show host Larry King, who labels the new book "a pictorial masterpiece," while syndicated columnist George F. Will remarks: "To open this book at any page is to meet an old friend radiating the vigor and hope with which he infused the nation. The book is as big and colorful and stirring as the life it celebrates."
Former top Reagan aide Frederick J. Ryan Jr., vice chairman and chief operating officer of Washington-based Allbritton Communications Co. who serves as chairman of the board of trustees of the Reagan Presidential Foundation, says the book will be available at bookstores on July 4, with proceeds benefiting the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
The book contains more than 500 archival and full-color images of the nations 40th president, including many never-before published photographs from Nancy Reagans private collection.
"I also see old friends like Margaret Thatcher, Frank Sinatra, and who would have thought it Mikhail Gorbachev," Mrs. Reagan says of additional portraits. "But mostly I see Ronnie: the gifted world leader, the loving husband and father, a man of depth, humor, compassion, and love for his country, its people, and life itself."
As Mr. Reagan once observed: "One of the great things about being president is that you can invite anyone you want to lunch or dinner, and chances are theyll come."

Secret desires
Good grief, whats become of masculinity in this country when a survey reveals that the person men most fantasize they are while shaving in the mirror are mob boss Tony Soprano, followed by Bill Clinton?
Thats right, Bubba.
For what its worth, not a single man surveyed said they fantasize about being President Bush while looking into the mirror, according to the survey on shaving habits conducted by the Kaplan Thaler Group Ltd.

Women of Washington
Speaking of playboys, Hugh Hefner is sending a team of scouts to the nations capital next week in search of beautiful and interesting young women to pose for special editions of Playboy.
Playboy scout Jodi Vander Woude, executive editor Jeff Cohen and model Charis Boyle all will be on hand for the model call age 18 and over please next Monday and Tuesday, noon to 6 p.m., at the Ritz Carlton in Northwest Washington.
"An appearance in Playboy Special Editions is a first step in becoming part of the Playboy family, with many women moving on to become Playmates," says the magazines Karen Ring.
Do the models have to be Monica Lewinsky look-alikes?
"No, not all," says Ms. Ring. "In fact, probably a little less weight."

Open for debate
We love the title "Is There a Role for Ethics in Journalism?" for tomorrows Heritage Foundation Center for Media and Public Policy discussion with media heavyweights David Broder (The Washington Post), Hal Bruno (ABC News former political director), Michael Getler (Post ombudsman), Rem Rieder (American Journalism Review editor), M. Stanton Evans (National Journalism Center director), and journalist/author Lee Edwards, his latest book "Mediapolitik."
Before she passed away, Meg Greenfield, editorial page editor at The Post, wrote that Washington journalism "has become personally unregulated … in fact, morally anarchic."
Well find out if thats still the case tomorrow discussion commencing at 10 a.m. in Heritages Lehrman Auditorium, atop Capitol Hill.

Juneteenth
The House has passed a resolution commemorating the day when the last slaves in the United States learned of their freedom.
On June 19, 1865, slaves in Galveston, Texas, received word from Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger that the Emancipation Proclamation was law.
This long-observed day became known as "Juneteenth."
"After so much injustice, the last vestige of slavery had been eradicated and the United States was truly a land where all of its citizens were free," says House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican, who introduced the resolution with Rep. Danny K. Davis, Illinois Democrat.
"Juneteenth is a day of celebration and learning," Mr. Watts says. "We should rejoice in this great land we call America, give thanks for our freedom and know that there were days when that freedom was not enjoyed by all of our citizens."


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