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January 17, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Former President Ford was hospitalized Saturday with pneumonia but was in good condition Monday, a spokeswoman said. "He's fine," said Penny Circle, Ford's chief of staff. Ford, 92, was admitted to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. Circle did not indicate whether the pneumonia was related to a brief hospital stay last month for a bad cold and medical tests. Hospital officials declined to comment, citing patient privacy.
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March 28, 2014 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
James R. Schlesinger, the hawkish and sometimes overbearingly erudite conservative whose controversial Washington career included serving as U.S. secretary of Defense under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford before becoming the nation's first Energy chief in Jimmy Carter's administration, died Thursday at a Baltimore hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 85. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Ann Schlesinger. A Harvard University-trained economist, Schlesinger built an impressive resume of government service, beginning with his appointment as assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget after Nixon's presidential victory in 1968.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Former President Gerald R. Ford, 93, returned to his Rancho Mirage home Monday after a two-week stay at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he received a pacemaker and underwent angioplasty. On Thursday, stents were placed in two coronary arteries to improve blood flow. Doctors implanted a pacemaker Aug. 21, Mayo Clinic spokeswoman Carolyn Petersen confirmed. Both procedures went smoothly, according to statements from Ford's chief of staff, Penny Circle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Christopher Megerian
A videotape in which President Gerald Ford discussed a 1975 assassination attempt by a follower of Charles Manson was made public this week. "It fills in the last gap of the case and explains from the president's perspective what it was like to have someone attempt to assassinate you," said Michael Vinding, secretary of the Eastern District Historical Society, which chronicles stories from the federal courthouse in Sacramento. In newly released testimony ordered before the trial of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme , Ford recalled how she pointed a handgun at him outside California's Capitol on Sept.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2006 | Robert L. Jackson, Special to The Times
Gerald R. Ford, who as the 38th president of the United States helped restore the nation's political stability after the trauma of the Watergate scandal, has died, his widow, Betty, announced Tuesday night. "My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, has passed away at 93 years of age," the former first lady said in a brief statement issued from her husband's office in Rancho Mirage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2006 | Maria L. La Ganga and Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writers
The first tribute to Gerald R. Ford was as quiet and simple as his life beyond the White House -- a private family prayer service Friday in an austere desert church, followed by a somber line of friends, dignitaries and just plain Californians paying their final respects in the shadow of the San Jacinto Mountains.
NEWS
January 31, 1991 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former President Gerald R. Ford on Wednesday called for the removal from power of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein when allied forces prevail over Iraq's military forces. "How that should be accomplished, I think, is premature to say," Ford told a group of about 200 UC Irvine political science students. "But I think it is in the best interests of the Iraqi people. . . . My impression is that anything but him (Hussein) would be better."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2011 | By Marlene Cimons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Former First Lady Betty Ford, who captivated the nation with her unabashed candor and forthright discussion of her personal battles with breast cancer, prescription drug addiction and alcoholism, has died. She was 93. Ford died Friday at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, according to Barbara Lewandrowski, a family representative. The cause was not given. As wife of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th president of the United States and the only person to hold that office without first being elected vice president or president, she spent a brief, yet remarkable time as the nation's first lady.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1992
As politicians at every level continue to make promises to do everything for everyone, I can't help but be reminded of what Gerald Ford once said: "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." GERALD M. BRONSON Sherman Oaks
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July 15, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Gerald Ford, who just turned 90, said he hopes to be remembered for restoring honesty and integrity to the American presidency. Ford joins John Adams, Herbert Hoover and Ronald Reagan as the only former presidents to become nonagenarians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
White House tapes released Wednesday capture President Richard Nixon grappling with the growing Watergate scandal while continuing to press forward on major foreign-affairs initiatives, including a historic meeting with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. The 340 hours of recordings released by the National Archives and Records Administration  cover about three months in 1973, from April 9 through July 12. They include excerpts from Nixon's meetings with several heads of state and discussions about Watergate, the implementation of the Vietnam peace settlement, and Washington's relationships with the U.S.S.R.
NEWS
February 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Presidents Day -- or Washington's Birthday, if you prefer -- is a time to celebrate all of America's past commanders in chief. Among the nation's most recent leaders, two are celebrated far more than others: Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton . That's the finding of Gallup, at least, which recently asked Americans to judge how the last eight presidents will go down in history. Sixty-nine percent said Reagan would go down as "outstanding" or "above average," compared to just 10% who said "below average" or "poor.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The desert retreat of former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford has come on the market in Rancho Mirage at $1.699 million. Set in the Thunderbird Country Club, the 6,316-square-foot midcentury home was built in 1979 and designed by architect Welton Becket. Among his works are L.A.'s Capitol Records Building, Pomona City Hall and Glendale City Hall. The main residence includes a staff waiting room, five bedrooms and 61/2 bathrooms. The Fords' furnishings, excluding family portraits, are also available for purchase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2011 | By Marlene Cimons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Former First Lady Betty Ford, who captivated the nation with her unabashed candor and forthright discussion of her personal battles with breast cancer, prescription drug addiction and alcoholism, has died. She was 93. Ford died Friday at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, according to Barbara Lewandrowski, a family representative. The cause was not given. As wife of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th president of the United States and the only person to hold that office without first being elected vice president or president, she spent a brief, yet remarkable time as the nation's first lady.
OPINION
November 12, 2010 | By Joshua Spivak
Republicans may think that their midterm triumph bodes ill for President Obama's reelection hopes, but such beliefs are not borne out by history. The incumbent president's party typically does poorly in a midterm election. This time, however, there was an ominous hint of a potential problem for Obama. In his concession speech, the media thought that Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold may have been referring to a presidential bid when he said, "It's on to 2012!" Although Feingold's spokesman rejected that interpretation, a primary challenger would be the absolute worst sign for Obama for 2012.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2010 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
A group led by Gerald J. Ford, a billionaire bank-turnaround specialist, agreed Thursday to save Pacific Capital Bancorp from collapse by investing $500 million for a 91% stake in the Santa Barbara-based operator of five Central California community banks. But Pacific Capital's stock plunged nearly 50% after the announcement of the deal, which would allow Ford's group to buy its shares at a deep discount to their market value. The investment is contingent on obtaining substantial financial concessions from the bank's debt holders -- who would lose everything if the bank failed -- and from the federal government, which in November 2008 bought $180.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 1988 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
Does President Reagan start each day with the funny papers? Did Jimmy Carter have a crush on his fourth-grade teacher? Does Gerald Ford believe that "(taking) a good spill never hurt anybody?" Get the real lowdown on ABC's "Conversations With the Presidents" tonight at 8 (Channels 7, 3, 10, 42). Proving they're just plain folks, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford are interviewed by a rainbow of children in cozy settings across the nation. It's a public relations dream.
NEWS
November 21, 1987 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
Former First Lady Betty Ford was reported in "excellent condition" on Friday at Eisenhower Medical Center here after undergoing a six-hour quadruple bypass surgery. "She will be going home on Thanksgiving Eve," said Dr. Jack J. Sternlieb, the hospital's director of cardiac surgery who led a nine-member team in performing the operation. "But her family has promised she won't have to cook over the holiday," Sternlieb added. Former President Gerald R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Larry Gordon and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
After more than three decades in prison for a foiled attempt to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford, Sara Jane Moore was released on parole Monday. Although Moore had been given a life sentence in the 1975 attempt on Ford's life outside a hotel in downtown San Francisco, she had been eligible for parole for some time.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
An investment firm run by billionaire and former thrift executive Gerald J. Ford said Monday it had accumulated a 6.8% stake in Downey Financial Corp. and might want to acquire the Newport Beach-based savings and loan. Downey shares soared $3.59, or 12%, to $33.58 on the news. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, Hilltop Holdings Inc.
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