Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Ford of the Day

Gerald Ford

(* 14th July 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska; † 26th December 2006 in Rancho Mirage, California)

He was the 38th President (1974–1977), and 40th Vice President (1973–1974) of the United States.
Ford became the only person to hold that office without having been elected either President or Vice President.

As Gerald Ford recalled later in life, his biological father was abusive and had a history of hitting his mother. James M. Cannon, who was the executive director of the domestic council during the Ford administration, wrote in a biography of the former president that the Kings' separation and divorce was sparked when, a few days after Ford's birth, Leslie King, Sr. threatened his wife, Dorothy, with a butcher knife and announced his intention to kill her, the baby, and the baby's nursemaid. His first abusive action, according to Ford, occurred on the couple's honeymoon, when King hit his wife for smiling at another man.

1934 Gerald Ford was selected for the Eastern Team on the Shriner’s East West Crippled Children game at San Francisco (a benefit for crippled children), played on January 1, 1935.

Gisa Fellerer chose this photo of Gerald Ford with great taste and deep understanding of what we call the "spirit of ford".

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