Meeting Alf: In 1987, Reagan Celebrated the 100th Birthday of the Man Who Took on FDR

February 6th, 2011 12:28 PM

As Americans all across the country celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, it's worth remembering when the 40th President honored the centennial of the man who took on FDR.

On September 06, 1987, NBC Nightly News anchor Garrick Utley recounted Reagan's visit to Topeka, Kansas to recognize the 100th birthday of Alf M. Landon. In 1936, the then-Kansas governor ran against Franklin Roosevelt and lost every state but Vermont and Maine. But, as Utley asserted, "Landon survived defeat well."

The segment featured Reagan offering kind words to "someone who can, in all honesty, call me kid." Nancy Reagan offered Landon a cake and a kiss.