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Big Chuck

August 26, 2013

My brush with a future president


Those were his exact words to me. I said something trite, nodded sheepishly and the couple, now surrounded by a huge entourage, walked over to the balcony and greeted the crowd below. The giant man took off his white cowboy hat and waved it above his head. “Helloo, Texas!” he shouted into the microphone. The balloons cascaded down from the roof. It was bedlam.

And I stood there, all by myself in my sweaty Data Rush T-shirt, watching it all from behind. And I thought,  “So that is Ronald Reagan!’

Meeting him that day in 1980 was an unforgettable moment for me. Probably not so much for him.

I’ll catch you in two ...

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