Jay Stephen Whitney '77 Publishes Historic Photos of Ronald Reagan

Jay Stephen Whitney '77 Publishes Historic Photos of Ronald Reagan

October 29, 2008

Jay Stephen Whitney np.jpgOctober 29, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - "The life of this truly amazing man portrays dedication, hard work and a sense of leadership that today makes him one of the most popular and beloved presidents of all time," says Jay Stephen Whitney of former President Ronald Reagan. Whitney, a 1977 graduate of DePauw University, has authored Historic Photos of Ronald Reagan. (photo at left, courtesy: Rob Varela/Ventura County Star)

A feature in California's Ventura County Star states, "The president, nicknamed 'The Great Communicator,' exudes an impact still relevant, said Whitney, who graduated from DePauw University with a degree in communication." 

The author, who is on a tour promoting his new book, says that Reagan is still a major figure in American politics nearly five years after his death. "All you have to do is look at the Republican debates, the Democrat debates, any of the presidential debates, and Reagan's name comes up in some form or another, weekly, daily," says Whitney. "Reagan is still influencing people. His shadow still lingers. No matter who is elected, no matter who Jay Whitney Reagan Book.jpgthat person is, the person has to measure up to Ronald Reagan."

Whitney is an award-winning editor who has worked for two publishing companies. Over the course of his career, Whitney has published hundreds of best-selling titles in law, criminal justice, sociology, and education.

The article begins, "When author Jay Stephen Whitney spent a month scouring archives at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley for lesser-seen photos of the actor-turned-politician, he stumbled upon a surprise about the nation's 40th president ... [There] he found a 'heretofore unreported collection of good, bad and ugly political cartoons' collected by Reagan's White House Press Office. Called 'Friday Follies,' the collage of cartoons from 1981 to 1989 showed 'often savage cartoons and a pictorial record of Reagan's critics and enemies,' Whitney said."

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