Former Reagan official to give talk


MANCHESTER >> On Wednesday, Jan. 27, William Henkel, former Assistant to the President under Ronald Reagan, will address recent biographers' views on Reagan's presidency and share his front-row insights on who Reagan really was, his mastery of the national and world stage, and his role in shaping the future of America. This presentation is free and open to the public, and will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Topics of the program will include the Strategic Defense Initiative, the Geneva and Reykjavik Summits, the Bitburg Controversy, the Iran-Contra Affair, use of the Bully Pulpit, Nancy Reagan's astrologer, how Reagan restored the country's national pride coming from the traumas of the Sixties and Seventies, and the president's second term fumbles.

Long-time White House staff member William Henkel will share his personal perspectives from a government career that began in 1970 in the Nixon Administration, then in the Advance Office under Presidents Nixon and Ford, serving as Director from 1972 to 1975. From 1982 to 1987, he held several key positions during the campaign and two-terms of President Reagan, rising to the position of Assistant to the President. At the White House, Henkel developed the schedule and events to communicate the agenda, policies, and goals for the administrations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan.

Manchester Community Library is located at the corner of Cemetery Avenue and Route 7A. For more information email Bill Henkel at


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