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Kansas Woman Gets Unexpected Treat on Trip to Washington

September 24, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Sara Horak of Delia, Kan., planned to stop at the White House and Capitol Wednesday, but the highlight of her day was a total surprise - a telephone conversation with President Reagan.

″I still can’t believe it happened,″ Mrs. Horak said afterward.

Mrs. Horak and a group of Kansans were in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., when Reagan called.

Reagan, who was aboard Air Force One en route to Omaha, Neb., for a campaign appearance, spoke to Dole for a few minutes. Then, Dole motioned Mrs. Horak to the telephone and introduced her to Reagan.

″I think I said, ‘Hello Mr. President.’ I’m not really sure. I was shaking so bad,″ said Mrs. Horak, 57.

″I know I told him I couldn’t believe I was talking to the president.″

A lifelong resident of Delia, Mrs. Horak was the tour coordinator for the group of 45 northeast Kansans. The trip was sponsored by the National 4-H Council.

Mrs. Horak said she and the president talked about the weather and he told her his plane was ″above the clouds ... 31,000 feet in the air.″

″He said to enjoy our visit and was very happy we were here and he did want to speak some more to Bob,″ she recalled.

Her husband, Bennie, who turned 66 on Wednesday, described the experience as ″great.″

Mrs. Horak and the rest of the group still have a few more days of touring the nation’s capital.

But for Mrs. Horak, a telephone call will be the highlight of the trip.

″I told them I probably will forget everything from here on out,″ she said.

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