Friday, June 07, 2002

I visited Archbishop Sheen's birthplace in El Paso, IL . His father had owned a hardware store and he was born in the family's apartment over it. The hardware store partially burnt while Sheen was still a boy and they never rebuilt it. Now a bar is where the hardware store once stood. Next to the bar is a State Farm agent who is a fan of Sheen's and turns out a fan of mine, along with the receptionist. The receptionist told me that they had bough 12 copies of Praying in the Presence of Our Lord with Fulton Sheen and they were sold as soon as they arrived. I autographed a several copies that I had with me and thanked them for their interest.

I visited Ronald Reagan's alma mater at Eureka College. There is a Ronald Reagan Museum there, but the most interesting thing that I saw was a large chunk of the Berlin Wall sent by the German government in honor of Reagan famous, "Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall." It's part of the Reagan Peace Garden.