By Kevork Keushkerian
PASADENA, Calif. — The Men’s Forum of St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church in Pasadena had invited presidential speech writer Ken Khachigian as its guest speaker on Thursday, January 30. Father Sarkis Petoyan blessed the food, then a buffet dinner was served before Khachigian was invited to the podium.
There were around 300 people in the audience, among which were notable people, such as Michael Antonovich, the former LA County Supervisor, Randy Swan, the curator of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Museum and his wife Dana, political activist Greg Kahwajian, publishers/editors Harout Sassounian and Osheen Keshishian.
The Men’s Forum Chairman Berj Gourdikian presented the biographical sketch of Ken Khachigian and then invited Osheen Keshishian to narrate a few cordial encounters with Khachigian over the years that he had known him.
Before Khachigian’s lecture, he was presented with a commendation by Kathryn Barger, LA County District 5 Supervisor, and a US flag that had flown over the Capital for a full day by House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy. He was also presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Men’s Forum.
Khachigian’s topic was titled “Behind the Scenes with President Reagan,” and was presented with a slide show. First and foremost, Khachigian said that he was not a speech writer, rather a speech collaborator, as the drafts that he presented to the president were edited before a final draft was prepared.