He was a man who made good in the realm of popular culture before he tried his hand at politics. Like few before or after him, he reached the pinnacle of both “career” fields. Ronald Reagan was successful as an actor, and well respected in Hollywood during the golden age of cinema. He even served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild. As the 1950s came to a close, Ronald Reagan the actor was interested in being Ronald Reagan the policymaker. Enjoy 15 facts about Ronald Reagan you probably didn’t know.
15. Jelly Belly
Many are familiar with the Ronald Reagan jelly beans story. If not, it goes a little like this: Ronald Reagan had a pipe smoking habit, and though he felt the activity was okay for an actor, he thought it was a poor reflection on a politician. In order to kick the smoking habit, he started eating jelly beans. Contrary to popular belief, he was not a big fan of jelly beans. Regarding the old school jellies available, he preferred licorice. This got him through his gubernatorial duties in California, and when he was elected President of the United States, he discovered a new brand of jelly beans: Jelly Belly. This changed Ronald’s tune about the “beans,” and the Jelly Belly company sent tons of jelly beans to the White House over the years. There are many shots of White House meetings that include containers of jelly beans.