"Not afraid of burning in hell" could be his life motto.

Seattle’s a far cry from Iowa, but we still managed a little under-the-radar pot stirring at last night’s Democratic debate.

During commercials, a recycled Freedom from Religion Foundation 30-second, pro-atheism ad had some Christians in a rage and every Twitter feed buzzing. Its star? 61-year-old MSNBC commentator and longtime Seattleite, “Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell."

Here’s what we know about the former first family member topping post-debate Google searches.

He Had His Own Show

Reagan briefly followed in his father’s footsteps—at least the ones on screen. Although short-lived, The Ron Reagan Show featured the young luminary, decked in full ‘90s gear, speaking to a live audience about everything from UFOs to religious fundamentalism. In Seattle, Reagan hosted a one-hour talk show on 710 KIRO until 2007, when it was replaced by The Dori Monson Show

He Dropped Out of Yale to Become a Ballet Dancer

In 1976, the 18-year-old freshman dropped out of Yale University (in the middle of the semester, no less) to attend the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York, where he performed for six years.

He Had an Iconic Wedding Story

Reagan married his late wife Doria Palmieri in 1980, just weeks after his father’s election, in a secret service. (No pun intended, although one of the agents served as their witness.) The couple had no children but raised three cats at their Magnolia home.

He Wrote a Controversial Book About His Father

For the 100th anniversary of his father's birth, Reagan released My Father at 100, a memoir that explores Ronald Reagan's past and his private persona. The book’s claim that the former president showed early signs of Alzheimer’s during his second term, which would have been cause for resignation had their source been known, has been heavily disputed by others close to the elder Reagan.

Filed under
Show Comments