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Time line for the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership program at Eureka College
June 7, 1932: Future President Ronald Reagan graduates from Eureka
Summer 1981: Eureka College President Daniel Gilbert visits President
Ronald Reagan at the White House and proposes the establishment of a
scholarship program in Reagan's honor.
Spring 1982: Eureka College announces the establishment of the Ronald W.
Reagan Scholarship program.
Fall 1983: The first class of Reagan Scholars, known as Reagan Fellows,
enters Eureka College. There were 20 students in the initial class.
Today, the college offers five Reagan Fellowships each year.
Spring 1987: The first class of Reagan Fellows graduates Eureka College.
President Reagan and Nancy Reagan host a White House reception for the
scholars and supporters of Eureka College.
Spring 1992: President Ronald Reagan makes his last of a dozen visits to
campus, speaking at commencement and visiting with Reagan Fellows.
SOURCE: Eureka College
The decade of the '80s and the presidency of Ronald Reagan fit
together like Cagney and Lacey.
But it's also a decade that seems to be accessible to today's youth on
VH1's "I Love the '80s" show and Wikipedia online.
Let's face it, who has time for Iran-Contra memories when today's
political scandals involve Idaho politicians in men's rest rooms?
We're also sure many central Illinoisans take one of the area's all-time
most famous residents, Ronald "Dutch" Reagan - a man who graduated from
Eureka College and grew up not far from the Peoria area - for granted.
But that's OK. We have the Reagan Fellows to save us. After all, these
are the prized students whose tuition to Eureka College is paid for
largely thanks to President Reagan's namesake.
"He did theater ... he did film. He was ... or what was he? A
cheerleader? Oh, no, he was in football. Not cheerleading. That was
President Bush," one Reagan Fellow said during a recent interview.
You cannot blame this Reagan Fellow for stumbling a bit when questioned
about the 40th President's past. There is no requirement for Reagan
Fellows to be versed in presidential politics or know anything about the
"trickle-down" effects of Reaganomics. Reagan Fellows are expected to be
leaders in their vocations, not future politicians.
But for fun, we decided to give 11 of the 17 students at Eureka College
who are so-called "Reagans" a five-questions quiz about President
Reagan. Of the 11 students, only one got four of the five questions
correct. No one got all five right. Four got three correct, three got
two right, two got only one question correct, and one student actually
scored a zero.
"I was born in 1987!" one Reagan Fellow quickly pointed out.
See if you can outdo the Reagan Fellows in this little version of "I Love the '80s." Please don't strain too hard over the answers, for as Ronnie himself would say, "They say hard work never hurt anybody, but I figure why take the chance."
1. Ronald Reagan showered his wife, Nancy, with love and devotion while
in the White House. While at Eureka College, he showed the same level of
devotion to another sweetheart. Can you name her?
A) Jane Wyman
B) Diana Lynn
C) Margaret Cleaver
D) Judy Garland
E) Vivien Leigh
2. Ronald Reagan is known for his role as George "The Gipper" Gipp in
the 1940 movie, "Knute Rockne, All American." But Reagan was in dozens
of movies during this era, often visiting Eureka College at the time as
a movie star. In one of these movies, he attempts to teach moral lessons
to an animal. Can you name the type of animal and the movie in which he
A) A pug in the movie, "Sleeping with Gonzo"
B) A hen in the movie, "Farming with Macho"
C) A chimpanzee in the movie, "Bedtime for Bonzo"
D) A collie in the movie, "Jogging with Ringo"
E) An iguana in the movie, "Celebrating with Gonzo"
3. Ronald Reagan was portrayed on a "Saturday Night Live" skit as a
gentle and grandfatherly man to Oval Office visitors but, behind closed
doors, was transformed into a sharp-minded scowling dictator who barked
orders to his advisors. Who was the famous SNL actor who portrayed
Reagan in this skit?
A) Chevy Chase
B) Bill Murray
C) Steve Martin
D) Dan Akroyd
E) Phil Hartman
4. "Land of Confusion" is a rock song popular by today's standards as
performed by rock group "Disturbed." But in the 1980s, the song was
performed by a band that used puppets in an MTV video featuring
President Reagan dressed up as Superman. What was the name of the band
that performed the song and what British TV show at the time owned the
puppets used in the video?
A) Wham and the puppets were from the show, Puppetmaster
B) Genesis and the puppets were from the show, Spitting Image
C) Eurothymics and the puppets were from the show, Mime Time
D) Depeche Mode and the puppets were from the show, Rubber Hoses
E) Fleetwood Mac and the puppets were from the show, Saving Personality
5. Of the following, which list includes someone not associated with
President Reagan while he was president of the United States?
A) Paul Vockler, Yitzhak Shamir, Caspar Weinberger, Peter Robinson
B) Marvin Hier, Walter Mondale, Richard Thornburgh, William Rehnquist
C) Alan Greenspan, James Brady, Janet Reno, Mikhail Gorbachev
D) Edmund Muskie, George H.W. Bush, Daniel Ortega, Helmet Kohl
Answers: 1-C, 2-C, 3-E, 4-B, 5-C
How did you do?
All 5 correct? Admit it, you eat more Jelly Belly candies than Reagan
4 correct: You watch re-runs of Reagan's Berlin Wall speech, don't you?
3 correct: You have heard that Reagan beat that Mondale guy in '84, but
you have no clue that he was unopposed in the primary
2 correct: You are not aware he was born in Illinois.
1 correct: The Iran-Contra Affair to you is a sex scandal, isn't it?
0 correct: Ronald who?