"[Reagan] should have been more abreast of issues that were of interest to the press. Instead, when there was a lapse of much time between press interviews or news conferences, he would be totally out of the swim on what was in the press and what had happened two weeks ago, and it would be like reinventing the wheel to get him prepared." -- press secretary Larry Speakes

Events of September 24 in THE REAGAN YEARS:

1984:  Reagan tells the United Nations, "I believe that the future is far nearer than most of us would dare hope."