February 3 2006
Patti Davis, best-selling author and daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium as part of the 2005-2006 University Speakers Series. A reception and book signing is planned immediately following her talk in Heritage Lounge.
Davis will speak about what her mother, Nancy Reagan, called "the long goodbye," -- her father's 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
In 1983, her father proclaimed November as National Alzheimer's Disease Month to recognize the progress being made against Alzheimer's disease and to show support for the individuals with the disease, their families and friends. In a sad twist of fate, he would be diagnosed with the disease 11 years later.
In the aftermath of her father's death, Davis, her mother and a brother, Ron Reagan, have become vocal supporters of stem-cell research because it shows promise in leading to cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Davis co-wrote the Eagles' song "I Wish You Peace" and appeared on television and films before writing her first novel, "Homefront," in 1986. She followed the national best seller in 1991 with another best seller, the autobiography, "The Way I See It" and another novel, "Bondage."
Her most recent works are inspired by her father. In 1995 she penned "Angels Don't Die", a memoir about what her father taught her about faith, prayer and talking to God. Her newest book, "The Long Goodbye," discusses the impact Alzheimer's disease had on her family.
Davis' presentation is free and open to the public.
Contact: Linda Crossett, University Speaker Series, 812.237.8479
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783, firstname.lastname@example.org