Wednesday, February 23, 2005


I'm curious. Are the Academy Awards planning any special ceremony on the passing of Ronald Reagan?

Although never a huge star, Ronald Reagan did appear in more than 50 films. More important, he was president of the Screen Actors Guild.

As president of SAG, Ronald Reagan brokered residual rights for actors. Wanting to avoid any conflict of interest, he had himself written out of the contract. Thus, Ronald Reagan is the ONLY actor contractually excluded by name from ever receiving residual payments.

The passing of an alumnus who became leader of the Free World should warrant some sort of mention at their annual awards ceremony. The fact that he became one of the world's great leaders of the 20th century should make any question about honoring him rhetorical.

Regardless, it will be interesting to witness the audience's reaction when his face appears in the slide show of the year's deceased. Sad that a man who did so much for his country and the world (and to enrich those in attendance) can expect polite applause at best from his former peers. Peers he left behind so long ago.