A former congressman has scheduled a day of name-dropping at the Richard Nixon Library and Museum on Independence Day, where the likes of Ronald Reagan, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Harry Truman and the stars from “Gone With the Wind” will be discussed.
It will happen at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time when former U.S. Rep. James Rogan, R-Calif., will talk about his new book, “And Then I Met … Stories of Growing Up, Meeting Famous People, and Annoying the Hell Out of Them.”
C-SPAN will be on hand to cover the talk, which will air at a later date on its “BookTV” program.
The former lawmaker in 1998 as a Republican on the House Judiciary Committee found himself helping to lead the impeachment of the president of the United States, Bill Clinton – who years earlier had advised him to go into law and politics.
A former gang-murder prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, he now is a judge of the Superior Court of California and an adjunct law professor.
But that is just part of a life story that contains more drama than often found in 10 lives. Born to a single mother – a cocktail waitress and convicted felon on welfare – Rogan grew up without knowing his father, who abandoned him before his birth.
After a rough-and-tumble childhood in San Francisco’s hardscrabble Mission District, he was expelled from high school, became a bartender on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip and in a Hell’s Angels’ biker bar, and worked as a porn theater bouncer.
Along the way he met a young Arkansas lawyer and politician, Clinton, who advised him to study law and become a member of a different kind of bar.
In time, Rogan scrapped his way through college and law school. He became a gang-murder DA in Los Angeles, prosecuting Crips and Bloods, and then became a state court judge and majority leader of his state legislature. Finally, he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Southern California.
WND Books is releasing Rogan’s newest book, “And Then I Met … Stories of Growing Up, Meeting Famous People, and Annoying the Hell Out of Them,” on July 8.
It’s a collection of humorous, adventurous and sometimes poignant boyhood stories of doing everything possible, short of breaking the law, to meet and get advice from many famous politicians, athletes and entertainment figures he met as a kid growing up in San Francisco.
Through Rogan’s diaries and photos you’ll meet and get rare behind-the-scenes glimpses of people like Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Billy Graham, Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, Hubert Humphrey, Barry Goldwater, Cary Grant and Willie Mays.
Rogan met everyone from the last surviving witness to the massacre of General Custer to stars of “Gone With the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz.” The stories and photographs brim over in this delightful compilation.
Rogan is also the author of two other books, both also published by WND Books.
He tells his amazing life story in his acclaimed autobiography “Rough Edges: My Unlikely Road from Welfare to Washington” and his epic “Catching Our Flag,” detailing how, despite a fawning liberal media, a 75 percent approval rating, a united Democratic Party covering for his multiple crimes, and a cowardly and fractured GOP congressional leadership at the helm, he and a handful of his colleagues demanded constitutional accountability and refused to back down against Clinton.
In the end, they pulled off the most stunning political coup in American history, and in so doing they forever tattooed Clinton with the constitutional stain of impeachment and neutered his further assault on the rule of law.
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