Winston Groom, author of “Forrest Gump,” was in town last Wednesday to promote his new book “Ronald Reagan Our 40th President,” a children’s biography.
Groom spoke at the National Portrait Gallery in the Ronald Reagan exhibit featured at the museum through May. Among the little-known details from Groom’s book: Reagan had a bachelors degree in economics from Eureka College. He also became president of the Screen Actors Guild with the intent to combat communists who were infiltrating the organization.
Afterward he signed copies of his book and that’s when we learned this unusual tidbit: Both Groom’s current wife and ex wife were present at the event to support the author.