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THE PASSING OF A PRESIDENT

A lifeguard named 'Dutch'

Seventy-one years ago, when I was only 16 and my maiden name was Doris Winter and my home was Baltimore, Md., I went on a vacation with my family to Dixon, Ill., to visit my aunt.

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While there, my aunt took us to Lowell Park - a park on the banks of a beautiful river - for a picnic dinner. Around 5 o'clock, everyone had gone home except the lifeguard. Knowing I wanted to swim, my aunt called to him - everyone in small towns knows each other - "Dutch! Are you going to stay so my niece can take a quick dip?" He answered that he would be glad to stay.

Later, I thought he had been waiting to go home, but he was kind enough to stay.

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On the wharf, I told him I couldn't dive, so he began to teach me. I was there for about an enjoyable hour with a handsome lifeguard in his 20s!

Years later, I found out "Dutch" was Ronald Reagan.

I had a hard time getting my children to believe that my diving teacher was a movie star, a governor and the president of the United States.

- A memory from Doris Slater, 87, of Timonium as told to Sun Staff writer Gary Dorsey

Networks to cover Reagan ceremonies

The major networks and cable news channels are planning a web of live coverage involving all major ceremonies from the time President Reagan's casket leaves the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., this morning until it returns Friday night.

All network newscasts and news programs will be anchored out of Washington today, as television takes on the civic function of involving viewers in the rituals of burying a president.

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Live coverage by CBS, NBC and ABC begins at 11 a.m. as President Reagan's casket is flown from California to Washington. It will continue from 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. with the funeral procession from Andrews Air Force Base to the U.S. Capitol and State Funeral Ceremony in the Rotunda. Dan Rather (CBS), Tom Brokaw (NBC) and Peter Jennings (ABC) will be broadcasting from Washington. PBS has not confirmed any plans beyond coverage during the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Fox, CNN, MSNBC and C-SPAN will provide coverage throughout the day. Continuous coverage begins at 5 p.m.

Friday

ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox, CNN and C-SPAN will offer live coverage of the National Funeral Service at the National Cathedral beginning at 10 a.m. In the evening, all will have coverage of the casket's return to California beginning at 7:45. David Zurawik


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