Richard Nixon was a music junkie

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Forget Watergate and prepare yourself for this bombshell. Nixon could play saxophone, clarinet, accordion, violin, and piano, and even wrote his own compositions. But here’s the kicker: He couldn’t read a lick of sheet music.

Gerald Ford was a fashion model

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As a male model in his late 20s, President Ford was featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan in 1942. His modeling career eventually led Ford to his future wife, Elizabeth Bloomer, who was also a model.

Ronald Reagan was a sportscaster

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Before his claim to fame as a movie actor, Reagan began his career as a radio sportscaster. He was paid $10 per game, plus transportation expenses—a far cry from his $11 million-dollar salary as an actor just 10 years later.