Michael Reagan

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Michael Reagan
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Born John Flaugher a.k.a: John Bourgholtzer, Jr.
(1945-03-18) March 18, 1945 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California U.S.
Alma mater Arizona State University
(dropped-out)
Occupation Radio talk show host
Spouse(s) Pamela Gail Putnam (m. 1970–71)
Colleen Sterns (m. 1975)
Children Cameron[1] and Ashley Reagan[2]
Parents

Irene Flaugher Lange (1916-1986) John Bourgholtzer (d. 1993)

(adoptive)
Ronald Reagan (1911–2004)
Jane Wyman (1917–2007)

Michael Edward Reagan (born John Flaugher; March 18, 1945) is an author and former American radio host. His nationally syndicated radio show, The Michael Reagan Talk Show, aired on stations throughout the United States on the Premiere Radio Networks. After Premiere dropped the show, it was picked by Radio America. The show later moved to American Family Radio for about 4 months. The show is no longer on the air. He is the adopted son of Ronald Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Los Angeles, California, to Irene Flaugher (born 1916[3]- died December 26, 1985[4]), an unwed woman from Kentucky[5] who became pregnant through a relationship with U.S. Army corporal John Bourgholtzer[6] (died 1993). He was adopted by Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman shortly after his birth.

Michael grew up with the Reagan family in Beverly Hills, California, and later nearby Pacific Palisades. He was sent to boarding school when he was six and spent a total of four days per month visiting his father and mother.[7] One childhood story he has told that introduced him to politics was how at the age of 8, he asked his father for a raise in his allowance. At the time, around 1953, his allowance was $1 a week. Ronald Reagan said that since he was paying 90 percent of his earnings to the federal government as income tax, he was not able to increase Michael's allowance. This, according to Michael, was how he was introduced to the subject of tax cuts and how that affected people.[7]

He was expelled from Loyola High School after a short period of time at the school [8] and in 1964 he graduated from the Judson School, a boarding school outside of Scottsdale, Arizona.[9] At his high school graduation, Ronald Reagan introduced himself to his son by saying, "My name is Ronald Reagan. What's yours?" He replied, "I'm your son Mike." "Oh," said Ronald Reagan. "I didn't recognize you."[9] He briefly attended Arizona State University.[10]

According to Nancy Reagan in her memoirs published in 1989, Reagan disclosed to his parents in 1987 that "at the age of 8, he had been sexually molested by a camp counselor, who had also taken nude pictures of him.... Poor Mike had spent his whole life wracked with guilt and in constant fear that these pictures would someday surface in a way that might embarrass him and, especially, his adoptive father."[11] Speaking at the opening of the Michael Reagan Center in Spring, Texas, October 7, 2005, Michael said, "At 8 years old, I thought I was going to hell." Michael said the experience drastically changed him: "I cussed God and his Son. I wanted to do anything I could to earn my way into hell." Michael said he was horrified that the pictures would be made public and ruin the lives of his family.[12]

Marriages and family[edit]

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. It was while in this last job that he announced his engagement to Pamela Gail Putnam (born 1952), an aspiring dental assistant.[13] Pamela was the daughter of Duane Putnam, who was then the Atlanta Falcons football line coach. The couple married later that year, but were divorced a year later in 1971.

He married Colleen Sterns, an interior decorator, in 1975 at the The Church On The Way.[10] Together, they have two children, son Cameron and daughter Ashley. Reagan and his wife live in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles.[14]

Son Cameron Reagan has been arrested several times and charged with crimes including possession of drugs, violence and hitting a police officer.[15]

Media career[edit]

As a young man, Reagan raced boats and later also sold them at a Sea Ray boat dealership in Van Nuys, California. He set world records in power boat racing,[16] and he claims to have raised more than $1.5 million for charities.

Michael Reagan addresses sailors of the USS Ronald Reagan, 2002

His first entertainment broadcast job was as a game show host in charge of the original syndicated version of Lingo, which was taped in Canada but broadcast in the United States. The show lasted only for the 1987–1988 season, and Michael left the show before its demise in the wake of financial problems with the show's producers.

In the mid-1970s Reagan began his radio career with "On Energy". His big break 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. After this beginning, he landed a talk show spot on KSDO radio in San Diego, California. Reagan's rating success in the San Diego market gave him the opportunity to take his talk show nationwide in 1992 with the Premiere Radio Networks, later being dropped from the network. He then went to the Radio America Network where he was once again dropped. His show was then picked-up by the American Family Radio Network for about 4 months and then discontinued. Since that time Michael has focused on public speaking about Ronald Reagan. He also delivers conservative commentary from time to time on cable television news programs such as the Fox News Channel as well as on the Internet for websites such as NewsMax.[14][17] He has found himself in the middle of controversy on many occasions.

In 1988, he authored with Joe Hyams an autobiographical book Michael Reagan: On The Outside Looking In.[7] In 2005 he wrote "Twice Adopted" about his feelings of rejection being adopted, parents divorcing and becoming a Christian.[8]

After his show was dropped from the Premiere Radio Networks, it was picked up by the Radio America Network. In January 2009, Reagan's show was removed from the Radio America lineup and replaced by Roger Hedgecock.[18]

Reagan interjected his broadcasts with provocative and controversial statements. Reacting to the Mark Foley scandal in 2006, Reagan said, "Any member of Congress who was aware of the sexual emails and protected the congressman should also resign effective immediately."[19]

In June 2008, activist Mark Dice launched a campaign urging people to send letters and DVDs to troops stationed in Iraq which support the theory that the 9/11 attacks were an "inside job". "Operation Inform the Soldiers", as Dice has called it, prompted Reagan to comment that Dice should be killed for treason. Reagan said on June 10, 2008: "How about you take Mark Dice out and put him in the middle of a firing range. Tie him to a post, don't blindfold him, let it rip and have some fun with Mark Dice." 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".

In April 2013, in a syndicated column, Michael Reagan made a statement that, in regards 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]

Post-radio career[edit]

In 2010 Reagan began selling email addresses with the suffix @Reagan.com for an annual price of $39.95 per year. Reagan claims that the service is meant to combat competitors such as Apple, Hotmail, AOL and Gmail which invest money into liberal causes.[21]

On the February 10, 2011 episode of Eternal Word Television Network's The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, Reagan discussed his reversion back to the Catholic faith.[22]

During the 2012 elections, Reagan endorsed Democratic congressman Brad Sherman a pro-choice Congressman [23] who is considered a liberal member of Congress.[24][25]

Reagan was said to be considering a challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012[26] but stated that chairing the Citizen Legislature Act, a proposed ballot initiative that would have established a part-time legislature for California, "is better for me and the state".[27]

On September 20, 2012 Michael Reagan was sued by Elias Chavando, the creator of the @Reagan.com email service. Chavando sued Reagan and his company, The Reagan Group, along with Reagan's partner Tim Kelly,[28] for fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, conversion, breach of partnership agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment, for dealings related to the Reagan Email service.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mehta, Seema (January 7, 2010). "Reagan grandson arrested in Van Nuys". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Anne The Reagans: Portrait of a Marriage. St. Martin's Griffin (2004) ISBN 0312331177.
  3. ^ Genealogy of Campbell Rice (includes Irene Flaugher) Accessed 7/4/2009.
  4. ^ Dougherty, Margot and Lois Armstrong. "Binding Up the Wounds." People Magazine, 29, 11 (1988-03-21).
  5. ^ Irene Flaugher, birth mother of Michael Reagan. Kentucky Historical Society (2005)
  6. ^ Bourgholtzer is a surname of German origin. See Jones (2006), p. 102
  7. ^ a b c Reagan, Michael; Hyams, Joe. Michael Reagan: On the Outside Looking In. Kensington Publishing Corporation, 1988 ISBN 0821723928.
  8. ^ a b Reagan, Michael Twice Adopted: An Important Social Commentator Speaks to the Cultural Ailments Threatening America Today. B&H Books (2005) ISBN 0805431446.
  9. ^ a b Lavin, Cheryl (April 17, 1988). "Family Outcast: A Reagan Son Sadly Remembers Years Of Neglect". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  10. ^ a b Barrett, Laurence I.; Wallis, Claudia (1981-01-05). "Four Reagans Used to Going Their Own Ways". Time. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ Nancy Reagan, My Turn. The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan (with William Novak), Random House, New York, 1989, p. 185 ISBN 0812992113
  12. ^ Franco, Melecio C. (2005-10-19). "Arrow Project dedicates Michael Reagan Center". Houston Community Newspapers, Page 1D
  13. ^ "Michael Reagan, Governor's Son, to Marry Miss Pamela Putnam", The New York Times (1970-09-22).
  14. ^ a b "Motivational Speakers/Michael Reagan". Premier Speakers Bureau. 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  15. ^ "LA Police: Cameron Reagan, Ronald Reagan's Grandson, Arrested". Huffington Post. January 7, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Biography of columnist Michael Reagan". TownHall.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  17. ^ NewsMax Pundits. NewsMax.com.
  18. ^ "Roger Hedgecock Goes Daily with Radio America" (Press release). Lubbock, TX: KCBD. October 28, 2008. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  19. ^ Beutler, Brian (October 2, 2006). "Conservatives also seek Hastert's resignation". The Raw Story. 
  20. ^ Reagan, Michael (April 2, 2013). "Churches: Time to fight back". Ironton Tribune. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Ronald Reagan's Son Launches @Reagan Email Alternative to Lefty Gmail, AOL, Hotmail". Fast Company. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  22. ^ "Raymond Arroyo with Michael Reagan". EWTN. 2011-02-10. 
  23. ^ [1] Brad Sherman on abortion, ontheissues.org
  24. ^ ReaganEmail.com Michael Reagan Endorses Democrat, Liberal Brad Sherman
  25. ^ [2] Michael Reagan Endorses Brad Sherman, Rancho del Cielo
  26. ^ Garofoli, Joe (September 16, 2011). "Feinstein weak in poll, but no GOP challenger yet". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  27. ^ Reagan, Michael (March 15, 2012). "Saving California". TownHall.com. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Tim Kelly: Executive Profile". Bloomberg Businessweek. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  29. ^ Reynolds, Matt (September 20, 2012). "Ousted by Reagan's Son, Entrepreneur Says". Courthouse News Service. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jones, George F., German-American names, Genealogical Pub. Co., 2006, ISBN 0-8063-1764-7

External links[edit]

Preceded by
None
Host of Lingo
1987–1988
Succeeded by
Ralph Andrews