By  on September 2, 2009

“I wanted you to see how well I’ve recovered from my heart attack,” said Ronald Reagan jokingly at his first at-home party since kicking off his campaign to unseat Jimmy Carter as president. WWD was there in September 1980 alongside aristocrats like Ronald Lauder, son of Joseph and Estée Lauder, David Rockefeller and Joe Coors, president of the brewing company. The gathering of top GOP fund-raisers was thrown to celebrate a slew of then-presumptuous “Prelude to Victory” dinners planned for later in the month that would feature closed-circuit television entertainment headed by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.


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