William J. Casey

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William Joseph Casey (March 13, 1913 – May 6, 1987) was Reagan's campaign manager and director of the C.I.A. from 1981 to 1987.


  • Referenced in Progress? (The Play): "Were The Mothers of Invention Ahead of their time? at least in the case of Agency Man (written in 1967), about Ronald Reagan running for president. (Since Bill Casey was Reagan campaign manager, and later became head of the CIA, the idea of a political sales pitch emanating from an agency man takes on a whole new dimension."
  • Zappa mentioned him during the interview A Talk With Frank Zappa: "We know who talks to us on television once in a while, but we don't know who the president is, and that's the real problem! Because it used to be Bill Casey, but he's dead, and then it was kind of Oliver North, but now he's unemployed, so who the f**k is doin' it?"
  • Referenced in The Untouchables as "Bill Casey": "BILL CASEY!" ("You're dead. I mean that...").

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