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By the time of the Doonesbury "In search of Reagan's Brain", it was definitely Ray-gun.
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Here's a 50's clip of What's My Line with Ronnie as the mystery guest. At the end they pronounced his name as Ray-gan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5D6RnMbfHI&feature=related
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Listening to Reagan pronouncing his own name it seems that he did not place a lot of emphasis on the "a". Rather than pronouncing the 'a' as in apple, he appears to dampen it to an 'a' as in automobile. Perhaps this is why some people, in referring to him, would pronounce the name as Reegan. This is just my guess. I've not given a lot of thought.
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I suppose those that say Reegan also say NukeYOUlar and FARve...;-)
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Ronald Reagan was mentioned in a black and white episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies".

Jethro says it, and pronounces it "REE-gun".

But coming from Jethro Bodine, we're not really closer to being certain of the correct pronunciation, are we? Smile
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On 2010-08-29 11:55, Doug Higley wrote:
I suppose those that say Reegan also say NukeYOUlar and FARve...;-)


Has anyone heard Brett Favre say his own name?
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No, how does he say it?
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I'd holler and ask him, but he ain't home right now. Smile

I guess I say Far-Ve

and ...Ray-gun.

But me and him say a lot of thangs many wouldn't understand.

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On 2010-08-29 20:32, MagicSanta wrote:
No, how does he say it?


Never heard him. (I wouldn't recognize him in my living room either.) But I'm guessing that all the sportscasters say his name "farv" because he does too. Can anyone confirm this?

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I've never heard it any other way..... my name, oddly, gets mispronounced a lot.
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I live close by and see him around town, but honestly I can't remember hearing him say it. Everybody knows him and he would have no reason to say it. But I would think it would be "farv." Most around here do say it that way.

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I've never heard it any other way..... my name, oddly, gets mispronounced a lot.


They put the n at the end?
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On 2010-08-29 11:55, Doug Higley wrote:
I suppose those that say Reegan also say NukeYOUlar and FARve...;-)


It IS pronounced "FARve"...

... and "RAY-gn"...
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No, Nevets, how the heck can people mess that up? They do Neeveets, Neh-vets (which is correct). Then there are the indy car fans who somehow think it is Nayey, how do you get Nayey out of the letter v in the middle?
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On 2010-08-29 21:42, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
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On 2010-08-29 21:37, MagicSanta wrote:
I've never heard it any other way..... my name, oddly, gets mispronounced a lot.


They put the n at the end?


Dang, you beat me to it! Smile
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Well, I know that Ronald Reagan was pronounced both Ray-gun, and Ree-gun. My Dad was a huge fan of western movies, and Ronald Reagan was one of his favorite actors. He acually named my brother Ronnie, and me Regan. He had no idea at that time that Ronald Reagan would become President of The United States some day!

He says that he first only heard the actor's name pronounced Ree-gun, but later started hearing some say Ray-gun. He liked, Ree-gun, and found out that Regan meant "Little King". So, my parents used that spelling and thought people could more easily pronounce it correctly. Well, so much for that idea. People have a tough time with it, and I have had my name pronounced in seemingly every possible way. Sometimes I don't know where people get the names they call me!

Linda Blair's character in The Excorsist was named, "Regan". It still didn't help people learn to pronounce my name. I've gotten used to it, and I don't pay much attention to it anymore.

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Ewwwww Ewwwwwww! Linda Blair! Man she is cute!
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Ewwwww Ewwwwwww! Linda Blair! Man she is cute!

Ya, she could really turn heads.
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