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38- Gerald R Ford

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Editado: Maio 10, 2010, 11:56pm

Write it when I'm gone
Gerald Ford

Except in formal signature, he signs his name Jerry Ford.
Gerald Ford had two attempts on his life in California during the month of September, 1975. Both attempts were by women.
Ford was once a male model.
He became Vice President and President without being elected to either office.
Ford had another swimming pool dug after he became president because Richard Nixon had had it filled in.
Ford was on the University of Michigan football team from 1931 to 1934. He was offered tryouts by both the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.
In 1977 he had a hole-in-one at the Memphis Classic.
He is right-handed, but he writes with his left hand.
When Ford proposed to to his wife, he was wearing one brown & one black shoe
Ford was the first President to have been an Eagle Scout.
Ford was the head boxing coach and assistant football coach at Yale University.
Ford was one of the members of the Warren Commission appointed to study the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
He was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. after his biological father. He was renamed after his adoptive father, Gerald Rudolph Ford, Sr.

Editado: Jan 19, 2009, 8:29pm

President #3 for me. I just finished Write It When I'm Gone by Thomas DeFrank. It is a book of private conversations between DeFrank and President Ford. I found it very repetitive and instead of a 275 pg book it could have been a 40 to 50 pg book. But read with A Time to Heal by Ford, it was very enlightening.

Jan 22, 2009, 12:17am

I've read Douglas Brinkley's book, Gerald Ford. This is one of those fairly skimpy overviews in the American Presidents series. Good if you want to just read about the basics.

In Ford's case, someday (maybe after I read a book about each president), I will go back and read a more full-scale biography.

Maio 5, 2010, 5:38pm

I read the Douglas Brinkley book. It is one of the Times Books series called "The American Presidents", general editor Arthur M. Schlesinger. This is a very clear and honest short appreciation of an important American life.

Maio 7, 2010, 11:43pm

Just got done with Gerald R. Ford by Douglas Brinkley.

Yes it is short, 160 pages. I found it informative and an easy read. I would like to read Ford's autobiography, "A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford". I will have to keep my eyes peeled for that one.

Bill Masom

Mar 24, 2014, 3:40pm

Finished Gerald R. Ford: An Honorable Life by James Cannon. Frankly, I didn't care much for it. Cannon thinks so highly of Ford that I suspect his vision isn't clear, and the way he portrays Ford doesn't jibe with other books I've read. Oh, and this isn't a biography - the bulk is on his short presidency.

Fev 4, 2018, 12:18pm

Gerald Ford by Douglas Brinkley.

A short read that was less than fulfilling. Much left out, I have a more in depth biography I want to read later.

Out 7, 2018, 8:50am

I too read Gerald R. Ford by Douglas Brinkley. Seems like he was the right man at the right time. An overall nice guy. I wish there were some better biographies out there on him.