Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Gerald R. Ford 1913 - 2006

Gerald R. Ford our nations 38th President after Nixon resigned. President Ford was sworn in on August 9th 1974 ( 2 days after my birthday even though I wasn't born yet!) and served until 1977. Gerald R. Ford died at his Rancho Mirage, Calif., home on Tuesday at age 93.

My Favorite Interesting Facts about Gerald R. Ford:

From 1931 to 1935 Ford attended The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he majored in economics and political science. He graduated with a B.A. degree in June 1935. He held various part-time jobs to supplement his scholarship.

A gifted athlete, Ford played on the University's national championship football teams in 1932 and 1933. He was voted the Wolverine's most valuable player in 1934 and on January 1, 1935, played in the annual East-West College All-Star game in San Francisco, for the benefit of the Shrine Crippled Children's Hospital.

In August 1935 he played in the Chicago Tribune College All-Star football game at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears. He received offers from two professional football teams, the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers, but chose instead to take a position as boxing coach and assistant varsity football coach at Yale hoping to attend law school there.

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