David Cooke's 24-year government career came to a close last Wednesday, and friends at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Resolution Trust Corp. threw him a party. Among the guests were L. William Seidman, who had deaded both agencies, current FDIC chairman William Taylor, and current RTC chief executive AI Casey.

For a moment, it sounded as if even Ronald Reagan was calling to offer his congratulations. Actually, though, it was just someone who sounded like the former president. But the capacity crowd collapsed with laughter when the taped Reagan voice complimented Donald Coke for a job well done at the "ROTC."

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