June 07, 2004

You're talking about memories!

So, yeah, Ronald Reagan's dead.

In 1984, we had an elementary school mock election. I knew that my mom was going to vote for Mondale, but that all my friends (and, it turns out, everyone else) were going to vote for Reagan. I stood in the voting booth for 10 minutes and changed my vote 3 times before finally going with the herd.

I've been dreading Reagan's demise for awhile. Now, it's only a matter of time until Mt. Rushmore and the $5 are remade in his likeness.

However, like Christmas, it seems that by living in San Francisco and avoiding TV you can escape almost any mass marketed phenomenon.

I did see some CNN today. It was Anderson Cooper but without sound. The banner graphic at the bottom read as follows: "Ronald Reagan Remembered - What to Remember."

It's nice that TV wants to be so helpful.


Matt said...

I wanted to share the two things that stick out in my mind about Reagan. 1-That those fuckers renamed the DC airport after he fired all the air traffic controllers. that just sucks. 2-That when I was a wee lad flipping through his older teen brother's collection of west coast punk records I got kinda a negative vibe about the guy.

goldman said...

I like Cuba's official response: "As forgetful and irresponsible as he was, he forgot to take his worst works to the grave. He, who never should have been born, has died."

Mom said...

Hopefully, 1984 was the last time you voted Republican!

Anonymous said...

a close relative of my friend embalmed him. He's been on call for months.
hrm, my friend owns a charcuterie business, and his relatives are funeral directors. Coincidence?

Natala said...

i have to say...i think it's pretty funny that all the headlines read "Reagan Remembered" when really, for sometime, he couldn't remember much.

Chester said...

It will be an absolute travesty if Reagan gets added to Rushmore before the great Tyrannosaurus rex, who was a true, patriotic dinosaur.

Matt said...

Marc Bolan on Rushmore now!