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Michael Edward Reagan (John Flaugher "Adoped")

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Birthplace: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Son of Ronald W. Reagan, 40th President of the USA and Sarah Jane Wyman
Husband of <private> Reagan (Sterns) and <private> Reagan (Sterns)
Ex-husband of Pamela Gail Putnam
Father of <private> (Reagan); <private> (Reagan); <private> Reagan and Ashley Marie Reagan
Brother of Maureen Elizabeth Reagan and Christine Reagan
Half brother of Patti Davis and Ron Reagan

Occupation: radio talk show host, writer
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About Michael Edward Reagan

Michael Reagan From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

Early life

He was born in Los Angeles, California, to Irene Flaugher (born 1916[1]- died December 26, 1985[2]), an unwed woman from Kentucky[3] who became pregnant through a relationship with U.S. Army corporal John Bourgholtzer[4] (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.[5] 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.[5] In 1964 he graduated from the Judson School, a boarding school outside of Scottsdale, Arizona.[6] 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."[6] He briefly attended Arizona State University.[7] 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 racked with guilt and in constant fear that these pictures would someday surface in a way that might embarrass him and, especially, his adoptive father."[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[7] Together, they have two children, son Cameron and daughter Ashley. Reagan and his wife live in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles.[11] 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,[12] and raised more than $1.5 million for charities like the United States Olympic Team, Cystic Fibrosis and Juvenile Diabetes Foundations and the Statue of Liberty Restoration Fund through his race team. His efforts were recognized when he became a recipient of the Victor Award for outstanding sports and humanitarian achievement.

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 Michael Jackson's[13] 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. Reagan also does public speaking to groups. 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.[11][14] In 1988, he authored with Joe Hyams an autobiographical book Michael Reagan: On The Outside Looking In.[15] In 2005 he wrote "Twice Adopted" about his feelings of rejection being adopted, parents divorcing and becoming a Christian.[16] 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.[17] Reagan said that he wished Hedgecock well and that he will continue syndication through American Family Radio.[18] As of May 2010, AFR has dropped Reagan's show, and his site no longer makes any mention of a radio show. The Michael Reagan Talk Show has not been picked up by any other network at this time. 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, Christian conservative 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". Post-media 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.[20] 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.[21] On September 20, 2012 Michael Reagan was sued by the creator of the @Reagan.com email service. Michael Reagan was sued along with his partners Tim Kelly and Jay Hoffman [22] and his company The Reagan Group 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.[23] Reagan was said to be considering a challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012[24] but stated that chairing the Citizen Legislature Act "is better for me and the state".[25] During the 2012 elections, Michael Reagan endorsed and actively campaigned for Democratic congressman Brad Sherman.[26] See also[edit]

Portal icon Conservatism portal List of newspaper columnists References[edit]

Jump up ^ Genealogy of Campbell Rice (includes Irene Flaugher) Accessed 7/4/2009. Jump up ^ Dougherty, Margot and Lois Armstrong. "Binding Up the Wounds." People Magazine, 29, 11 (1988-03-21). Jump up ^ Irene Flaugher, birth mother of Michael Reagan. Kentucky Historical Society (2005) Jump up ^ Bourgholtzer is a surname of German origin. See Jones (2006), p. 102 ^ Jump up to: a b Reagan, Michael; Hyams, Joe. Michael Reagan: On the Outside Looking In. Kensington Publishing Corporation, 1988 ISBN 0821723928. ^ Jump up to: a b Lavin, Cheryl (April 17, 1988). "Family Outcast: A Reagan Son Sadly Remembers Years Of Neglect". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-02-05. ^ Jump up to: a b Barrett, Laurence I.; Wallis, Claudia (1981-01-05). "Four Reagans Used to Going Their Own Ways". Time. Retrieved May 12, 2010. Jump up ^ Nancy Reagan, My Turn. The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan (with William Novak), Random House, New York, 1989, p. 185 ISBN 0812992113 Jump up ^ Franco, Melecio C. (2005-10-19). "Arrow Project dedicates Michael Reagan Center". Houston Community Newspapers, Page 1D Jump up ^ "Michael Reagan, Governor's Son, to Marry Miss Pamela Putnam", The New York Times (1970-09-22). ^ Jump up to: a b "Motivational Speakers/Michael Reagan". Premier Speakers Bureau. 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-20. Jump up ^ "Biography of columnist Michael Reagan". TownHall.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-20. Jump up ^ Not to be confused with the recording artist of the same name. Jump up ^ NewsMax Pundits. NewsMax.com. Jump up ^ Reagan, Michael Michael Reagan: On the Outside Looking in . Zebra (1988) ISBN 0821723928. Jump up ^ Reagan, Michael Twice Adopted: An Important Social Commentator Speaks to the Cultural Ailments Threatening America Today. B&H Books (2005) ISBN 0805431446. Jump up ^ Press release. Marketwatch.com (2011-10-18). Retrieved on 2012-09-24.[dead link] Jump up ^ secure email address – Ronald Reagan email address. Reagan.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-24. Jump up ^ Beutler, Brian (October 2, 2006). "Conservatives also seek Hastert's resignation". The Raw Story. Jump up ^ "Ronald Reagan's Son Launches @Reagan Email Alternative to Lefty Gmail, AOL, Hotmail". Fast Company. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-08-08. Jump up ^ "Raymond Arroyo with Michael Reagan". EWTN. 2011-02-10. Jump up ^ Hoffman, Jay (2012-03-15). [1]. reaganlegacyfoundation.org Jump up ^ Reynolds, Matt (September 20, 2012). "Ousted by Reagan's Son, Entrepreneur Says". Courthouse News Service. Retrieved 2013-01-15. Jump up ^ Garofoli, Joe (2011-09-16). Feinstein weak in poll, but no GOP challenger yet. sfgate.com Jump up ^ Reagan, Michael (2012-03-15). Saving California. townhall.com Jump up ^ ReaganEmail.com Bibliography[edit]

Jones, George F., German-American names, Genealogical Pub. Co., 2006, ISBN 0-8063-1764-7 External links[edit]

Michael Reagan's website Tough Love, Reminisces of his childhood and his adoptive mother The Reagan Legacy Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization founded by Michael Reagan, adopted son of former President Ronald Reagan. Michael Reagan Center for Advocacy & Research, a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to research and advocacy in the area of public policies that benefit the safety, stability and well-being of children and families.


Michael Edward Reagan is an American political commentator, Republican strategist, former radio talk show host, and author. He is the adopted son of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his first wife, Jane Wyman. He is the oldest living child of the late U.S. President.

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

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

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. Reagan has had small roles in movies and television shows since 1985, including Falcon Crest which starred his mother, Jane Wyman. 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. After this beginning, he landed a talk show spot on KSDO radio in San Diego.

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

In 1988, he wrote, with Joe Hyams, an autobiographical book Michael Reagan: On The Outside Looking In. In 2005, he wrote Twice Adopted about his feelings of rejection being adopted, parents divorcing and becoming a born-again Christian.

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 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.

In June 2008, conspiracy theorist 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. 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."

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. 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. 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. The district attorney's office cleared Reagan of both charges later that year. On September 20, 2012, Reagan and his company, the Reagan Group, along with Reagan's business partners, were sued 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.com email service. 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 to the plaintiff in damages.

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

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

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Michael Edward Reagan's Timeline

1945
March 18, 1945
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
1983
April 12, 1983
Age 38
Los Angeles County, California, United States