About the Book
As a small participant in the Ronald Reagan Administration I was honored to be among 4,000 guests at the dedication of the Reagan Presidential Library in 1991. It was the first time in history that five United States Presidents had gathered together in one location. This book includes a sampling of the photographs I took that historic day and some memories I have of the events that took place. In addition are seldom-seen back-scenes Secret Service and White House background papers setting up the entire event minute by minute--quite interesting as you see the intricacy of the work that goes into a Presidential event.
Ronald E. Wade was born in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas, the son of Ellis W.Wade and Rosedyne Langford Wade. As a child Ron would sit at the feet of his grandparents and great-grandparents and listen to family history. At age 17 Ron wrote his first book, A Pioneer Southern Family Life published by the Texian Press of Waco, Texas recording all of the family lore he had meticulously recorded. He published a second book The Langford Legacy in 1983 also by the Texian Press. As the "family historian" members of the family gave Ron fascinating family correspondence, photographs, records and artifacts which he carefully preserved and donated in 2005 to the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin University. A lifetime in politics led to friendships with many U.S. Presidents including close relationships with both Presidents Bush. His wife Laura and their 2 children live in Longview, Texas where he has built an exact replica of the White House Oval Office at his home.