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Michael Edward Reagan (born John Charles Flaugher; March 18, 1945)[3][page needed] is an American television personality, political commentator, Republican strategist,[4] former radio talk show host, and author. He is the adoptive son of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan (1911–2004) and his first wife, actress Jane Wyman (1917–2007).

Michael Reagan
Michael Reagan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Reagan in February 2017
Born
John Charles Flaugher

(1945-03-18) March 18, 1945 (age 74)
ResidenceToluca Lake, California, U.S.
OccupationRadio talk show host, writer
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
  • Pamela Gail Putnam
    (m. 1971; div. 1972)
  • Colleen Sterns (m. 1975)
Children2[1][2]
Parent(s)
Websitewww.michaelereagan.com

Early lifeEdit

Reagan was born John Charles Flaugher in Los Angeles to Irene Flaugher (October 18, 1916[5] – December 26, 1985),[6] an unmarried woman from Kentucky[7] who became pregnant through a relationship with John Bourgholtzer, a U.S. Army corporal of German background. He was adopted by Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman shortly after his birth.[3]

He was expelled from Loyola High School after a short period of time at the school[3] and in 1964, he graduated from the Judson School, a boarding school outside of Scottsdale, Arizona.[8] He attended Arizona State University for less than one semester and Los Angeles Valley College[9][10] but never graduated.

In 1965, the FBI warned Ronald Reagan that in the course of an organized crime investigation it had discovered his son Michael was associating with the son of crime boss Joseph Bonanno, which would have become a campaign issue had it been publicly known. Reagan thanked the FBI and said he would tell his son to discreetly discontinue the association.[11]

CareersEdit

SalesmanEdit

Sometime prior to September 1970, Reagan was working as a salesman for the clothing company Hart, Schaffner & Marx. He then became a director of special events catering at Michaelson Food Service Company in Los Angeles.[9]

ActorEdit

Reagan has had small roles in movies and television shows since 1985, including Falcon Crest which starred his mother, Jane Wyman.[12]

RadioEdit

His work in talk radio started in the Southern California local market as a guest host for radio commentator Michael Jackson's talk radio show slot on KABC in Los Angeles.[13] After this beginning, he landed a talk show spot on KSDO radio in San Diego.[14]

Reagan also hosted The Michael Reagan Show nationwide for most of the 2000s. The show was variously syndicated on Premiere Networks[13] and Radio America.[15] Since then he has focused on public speaking about his father.[16]

AuthorEdit

In 1988, he wrote, with Joe Hyams, an autobiography, Michael Reagan: On The Outside Looking In.[17] He also wrote that he was sexually abused at the age of seven by a camp counselor.[18][19]

In 2005, he wrote Twice Adopted about his feelings of rejection being adopted, parents divorcing and becoming a born-again Christian.[3]

Political commentaryEdit

Same-sex marriageEdit

In April 2013, in a syndicated column, Reagan accused American churches of not fighting hard enough to block same-sex marriage. He wrote that, in regard to arguments supporting gay marriage, similar arguments could be used to support polygamy, bestiality, and murder. As he wrote: "There is also a very slippery slope leading to other alternative relationships and the unconstitutionality of any law based on morality. Think about polygamy, bestiality, and perhaps even murder."[20] After Reagan wrote the piece, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center disinvited him as the keynote speaker for a fundraising luncheon.[21]

Mark Dice controversyEdit

In June 2008 Mark Dice launched a campaign urging people to send letters and DVDs to troops stationed in Iraq which support the theory that the September 11 attacks were an "inside job". "Operation Inform the Soldiers", as Dice has called it, prompted Reagan to comment that Dice should be executed for treason.[22] Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a liberal/progressive media criticism organization, asked Radio America at the time to explain whether it permits "its hosts to call for murder on the air".[23]

Statements on profilingEdit

He spoke out in support of profiling in October 2014. In a piece called Profile or Die, he wrote that it would be left to citizens to defend themselves if there were an attack against them by terrorists such as the Islamic State.[24]

Legal problemsEdit

In 1981 Reagan was accused, but later cleared of felony violations of California securities laws in court documents. The Los Angeles County District Attorney alleged that Reagan had baited investors into unlawful stock arrangements, and selling stocks despite the fact that he was not legally permitted to do so.[25] The D.A.'s office investigated allegations that Reagan improperly spent money invested by others in a company, Agricultural Energy Resources, he operated out of his house in a venture to develop the potential of gasohol, a combination of alcohol and gasoline. Investigators said they were also checking whether he had spent up to $17,500 of investors' money for his living expenses.[25] The district attorney's office cleared Reagan of both charges later that year.[26]

On September 20, 2012, Reagan and two associates were sued by Elias Chavando, a fellow partner, for allegedly withholding Chavando's interest in an e-mail business built around the Reagan.com domain name.[27][28][29] In 2015, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Reagan liable for conversion and breach of fiduciary duty. Reagan and his business partners were ordered to pay $662,500 in damages.[30]

Personal lifeEdit

In June 1971,[31] Reagan married Pamela Gail Putnam (born 1952), daughter of Duane Putnam, former Atlanta Falcons football line coach.[9] The couple divorced in 1972.

He married Colleen Sterns, an interior decorator, in 1975 at The Church on the Way.[10] They have two children, Cameron and Ashley. Reagan and his wife live in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles.[32]

In January 2011, he called his brother Ron Reagan "an embarrassment" for speculating in a memoir that their father suffered from Alzheimer's disease while president.[33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mehta, Seema (January 7, 2010). "Reagan grandson arrested in Van Nuys". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California: Tronc. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Edwards, Anne (2004). The Reagans: Portrait of a Marriage. London, England: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0312331177.
  3. ^ a b c d Reagan, Michael (2005). Twice Adopted: An Important Social Commentator Speaks to the Cultural Ailments Threatening America Today. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Books. p. 168. ISBN 0805431446.
  4. ^ Kraushaar, Josh (August 26, 2013). "Mark Reardon: Republican Strategist Michael Reagan". CBS St. Louis. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Genealogy of Campbell Rice". familytreemaker.genealogy.com. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
  6. ^ Dougherty, Margot; Armstrong, Lois. "Binding Up the Wounds". People. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "Irene Flaugher, birth mother of Michael Reagan". Archived from the original on September 28, 2009. Retrieved June 10, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link), Kentucky Historical Society (2005)
  8. ^ Lavin, Cheryl (April 17, 1988). "Family Outcast: A Reagan Son Sadly Remembers Years Of Neglect". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois: Tribune Media Services. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  9. ^ a b c "Michael Reagan, Governor's Son, to Marry Miss Pamela Putnam" (PDF). The New York Times. September 22, 1970. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Barrett, Laurence I.; Wallis, Claudia (January 5, 1981). "Four Reagans Used to Going Their Own Ways". Time. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  11. ^ Rosenfield, Seth (2013). Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power. London, England: Picador. p. 297. ISBN 978-1250033383.
  12. ^ "Michael Reagan". IMDb. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Michaelson, Judith (January 29, 2000). "Michael Reagan Finds a Home on L.A.'s KIEV". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  14. ^ Brass, Kevin (January 30, 1992). "KSDO Replaces Michael Reagan With Rush Limbaugh". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  15. ^ Staff (October 28, 2008). "Roger Hedgecock Goes Daily with Radio America" (Press release). Lubbock, Texas: KCBD. Archived from the original on April 26, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  16. ^ Cronin, Melissa (November 19, 2014). "Racist Reagan! Son of Former President Caught in Scandal Over Hateful Rants About 'Mexican A**holes' & Muslims". Radaronline.com. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  17. ^ Reagan, Michael; Hyams, Joe (1988). Michael Reagan: On the Outside Looking In. New York City: Kensington Publishing Corporation. ISBN 0821723928.
  18. ^ McDowell, Edwin (May 2, 1987). "REAGAN'S SON TELLS OF ABUSE AS A YOUTH BY MAN AT CAMP". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  19. ^ Beutler, Brian (October 2, 2006). "Conservatives also seek Hastert's resignation". The Raw Story. Washington DC: Raw Story Media, Inc.
  20. ^ Reagan, Michael (April 2, 2013). "Churches: Time to fight back". Ironton Tribune. Ironton, Ohio: Boone Newspapers. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  21. ^ Theiss, Evelyn (April 5, 2013). "Michael Reagan out as Cleveland Rape Crisis Center speaker after gay marriage comments". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio: Plain Dealer Publishing Co. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  22. ^ "Alex Jones interviews Mark Dice over Mike Reagan death threat constroversy". The Alex Jones Show. June 13, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  23. ^ "Talk Show Host Calls for Murder". FAIR. June 24, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  24. ^ Reagan, Michael (October 24, 2014). "Profile, or Die". Townhall.com. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  25. ^ a b Lindsey, Robert (February 11, 1981). "Reagan's Elder Son Being Investigated". The New York Times. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  26. ^ Lindsey, Robert (November 21, 1981). "Michael Reagan Cleared of Stock Fraud Charge". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  27. ^ Reynolds, Matt (September 20, 2012). "Ousted by Reagan's Son, Entrepreneur Says". Courthouse News Service. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  28. ^ Schreiber, John (November 5, 2014). "Lawsuit alleges Ronald Reagan's adopted son cheated businessman out of $4 million". MyNewsLA. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  29. ^ Schreiber, John (January 15, 2015). "Ronald Reagan's son allegedly cheated businessman out of $4 million". MyNewsLA. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  30. ^ Schreiber, John (January 28, 2015). "Ronald Reagan's son, partners to pay $600K to settle business dispute". MyNewsLA. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  31. ^ Boyle, Louise (December 31, 2012). "'You'll never get in trouble if you say I love you once a day': Ronald Reagan's touching letter to son on eve of his wedding". Daily Mail. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  32. ^ "Motivational Speakers/Michael Reagan". Premier Speakers Bureau. 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
  33. ^ Hohmann, James (January 15, 2011). "Mike Reagan calls brother, Ron Reagan, an 'embarrassment'". Politico. Retrieved October 15, 2014.

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