three-dimensional, moving image of former American President Ronald Reagan waved to a crowd from a train car on Wednesday.

This special computer-generated image, made of light, is called a hologram. The hologram of Reagan spoke to people outside the former president’s official library in Southern California.

“We think we made a good beginning, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” the hologram said, as balloons fell around it.

The sound the hologram used came from a speech Reagan gave in 1984. The former president was speaking about the nation’s future.

John Heubusch is executive director of the Reagan Foundation. He told the Associated Press his organization wanted to make the hologram look as much like the real man as possible.

“It’s a stunning experience,” he said.

Reagan was the 40th president of the United States. He died in 2004 when he was 93 years old.

There are two other holograms at the former president’s library outside Los Angeles, California. In one, Reagan appears in formal clothing inside a recreation of the Oval Office in the White House. In the other, Reagan is wearing special clothing and carrying equipment for riding horses at his country home. His dog, Victory, is next to him.

All three holograms went on display on Thursday.

Reagan’s face comes to life using special movements of the mouth, nose, eyes, and other parts of the face. Computers control the movements.

The presidential library worked with Hologram USA, a Hollywood-based company. The special-effects company also created holograms of singers like Michael Jackson, Billie Holiday and Roy Orbison.

David Nussbaum is the senior vice president of Hologram USA. He said that, because Reagan had been a radio announcer, television star and movie actor, he understood and valued new technologies.

“He always thought many steps ahead,” Nussbaum said. “If he was looking down right now on this project, I think he would give us his seal of approval. I think he would totally get this and support it.”

Joanne Drake served as Reagan’s chief of staff after the end of the president’s two terms. She is now chief administration officer for the Reagan foundation. She said seeing such a lifelike recreation of her former boss was a little strange. But she also said it was “very comforting.”

She added, “You know it’s not him standing there, but you see his facial movements and his arm movements and his body and that twinkle in his eye and that little grinthat he always got, and it makes you remember really what he brought to the office.”

Exercise 1


Read the following vocabulary with your teacher.

three-dimensional (adj.) - having or seeming to have length, width, and depth

  • three-dimensional sculpture

generate (v.) /ˈʤɛnəˌreɪt/ - to produce (something) or cause (something) to be produced

  • windmills used to generate electricity

stunning (adj.) /ˈstʌnɪŋ/ - very surprising or shocking

  • Researchers have made a stunning discovery.

formal (adj.) /ˈfoɚməl/ - requiring or using serious and proper clothes and manners

  • We attended a formal dinner.

display (v.) /dɪˈspleɪ/ - to put (something) where people can see it

  • Students displayed their projects at the science fair.

seal (n.) /ˈsiːl/ - an action or statement that shows approval or official acceptance

  • The bill has the President's seal of approval.

comfort (adj.) /ˈkʌmfɚt/ - to cause (someone) to feel less worried, upset, frightened, etc. : to give comfort to (someone)

  • Knowing that I can rely on your help is a comforting thought. 


twinkle in (his) eye (idm.) - a friendly or happy expression in someone’s eye


grin (n.) /ˈgrɪn/ - to smile widely

  • He had a big grin on his face.



Exercise 2


Answer these questions about the article.



Exercise 3

Make a sentence.

Make sentences using these words.


Exercise 4


Have a discussion on following questions.


This lesson is based on a news article originally published by learningenglish.voanews.