Yep it was fortunate. Part of it was that Reagan was older than most of them in the 80's. He was already the oldest President when he was elected.
I go by another name there. I try to separate what I talk about here from other forums, but I haven't posted that much in HG at all.
"The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt." Marcus Tullius Cicero, circa 63 B.C.