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Ron Wade first became acquainted with George Bush, the 41st President, when Ron was only 13 years old in 1964 and when George Bush made his first race for political office for United States Senate in Texas. He became a friend and began collecting Bush memorabilia. This volume features Ron's personal photographs taken at the historic Dedication of the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. The event brought together Presidents Clinton, Carter, Ford and Bush and a future President George W. Bush, who was then Texas Governor and served as Master of Ceremonies. Other luminaries included former Polish President Lech Walechsa, movie stars and a who's who of the leadership of the Reagan and Bush Administrations. The ruffles and flourishes simply jump from the pages of this large page edition.
Ronald E. Wade was born in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas, the son of Ellis W.Wade and Rosedyne Langford Wade. As a child Ron would sit at the feet of his grandparents and great-grandparents and listen to family history. At age 17 Ron wrote his first book, A Pioneer Southern Family Life published by the Texian Press of Waco, Texas recording all of the family lore he had meticulously recorded. He published a second book The Langford Legacy in 1983 also by the Texian Press. As the "family historian" members of the family gave Ron fascinating family correspondence, photographs, records and artifacts which he carefully preserved and donated in 2005 to the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin University. A lifetime in politics led to friendships with many U.S. Presidents including close relationships with both Presidents Bush. His wife Laura and their 2 children live in Longview, Texas where he has built an exact replica of the White House Oval Office at his home.