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January 19, 2009


Miriam Robbins Midkiff

Larry, my great-grandfather, William Bryan Robbins, was named for 1896 Democratic candidate, William Jennings Bryan. This says something significant about the political beliefs of his father, Angelo Merrick Robbins, as the Robbins have long been Republicans both before and after Angelo voted in the 1896 election.

Also, one of the neighbors of my parents received a personal phone call from Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s. His tax cuts had adversely affected the trucking industry, and as her husband was a trucker, she wrote an angry letter to Reagan, telling him what she thought of his policies. A week or so later, she received a phone call from the White House, telling her the President would call her the next day at such and such a time. He did, and assured her that he understood that "Reaganomics" would deeply affect the economy at first, but that in the long run, would be effective. I think the Great Communicator won her over!

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