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June 22, 1987
Off on Marine 1 for Andrews & A.F.1. There was a little boy on the Lawn jumping up & down waving a paper pad & a pen. I couldn’t resist. I ran over to him & signed the autograph. Found out later he had only recently lost his father. His mother they tell me was shedding tears of happiness.
On the plane we had a guest—Dem. Congressman from the district to which we’re going—Bill Nelson. He was one of the original Boll-Weevils & has been supportive of me on budget matters.
About a 2 hr. flight to Melbourne Fla.—Met there by Gov. Bob Martinez (R) Mayor Mullins gave me key to the city. Then it was off to the Dictaphone Corp. This was another story like Harley Davidson. This company has increased it’s production 70% in 4 yrs. It has added greatly to the number of employees & yet has reduced it’s prices. I toured the plant—met a woman employee age 72 who has been with them 35 yrs.—since their 1st year in operation. Morale was wonderful to see. Then I addressed them & their familys outside the plant. From there it was over to a municipal auditorium for a lunch sponsored by C. of C. [Chamber of Commerce]. A very good time & an unbelievably warm & affectionate audience. Speech at both places was touting budget reform, no taxes etc. Met Dorothy Waterbury who was a Dixon Hi. Classmate of mine. Only dark spot of day was a real one—a notice that Fred Astaire had died. He was a truly wonderful man.
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