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May

11

1983

May 11, 1983



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Diary Entry - 05/11/1983

Wednesday, May 11, 1983

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This turned out to be a really tough day. There were some enjoyable moments but it was a jammed up full schedule. In the Rose Garden I gave the annual award to the “Small Business Person” who had best exemplified the spirit of free enterprise etc. This person was 2—a father & son team named Ruiz who started out in 1964 & now have 200 employees & a $10 mil. a year frozen Mexican Food business. Cardinal Krol came in. He will be with the Pope in Poland. We have made surplus food available at concession prices to the Catholic relief for the people of Poland. They have shipped $87 mil. worth this year. The Cardinal will now be on our Pvt. Initiative Council. Ray Cave new publisher of “Time” mag. came in to get acquainted. Lunch with John Naisbitt—author of “Megatrends.” He has some theories that our society is in the process of decentralizing and returning to many of the values of the past. Spent a lot of the afternoon with one on one meetings with Senators urging them to vote for the MX. This was interrupted by a fun event on the S. Lawn. A baseball diamond was laid out—there were bleachers & a dozen uniformed Kid B.B. teams as well as pros from the Orioles & some “hall of famers” like Roger Maris & Stan Musial. I signed a proclamation making this Amateur B.B. month & then threw out the 1st ball for a Little league game. I also signed a jillion baseballs. Late afternoon George Shultz came in—just back from the Middle East. He did a fantastic job and is not too discouraged about Syria’s—Soviet backed troublemaking. At last meeting with several D. & R. Congressmen on MX & at last Home & Mother.