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August 21, 2013 |
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.
January 1, 2007 |
Chevy Chase, who portrayed Gerald Ford as a klutz on "Saturday Night Live," says he does not enjoy the renewed attention the ex-president's death has brought him. "I'm just a guy who made some fun of Gerald Ford in 1976, and I prefer to be left alone, really," the 63-year-old comedian said last week from a Colorado ski resort where he had been skiing with his daughter. Chase said he gets upset when people say that Ford "made" his career.
November 21, 1987 |
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.
March 8, 1989 |
In a letter that is being displayed at a gay bar here, former President Gerald Ford has acknowledged the death of Oliver Sipple, saying he will be "forever grateful" for the former Marine's action in averting a 1975 assassination attempt. A similar letter was sent to Sipple's family in Detroit. "Everybody appreciates it (the letter)," said Clint Trow, bartender at the New Bell Saloon, one of the bars that Sipple used to visit daily. "Everyone has asked to look at it."
February 20, 2012 |
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.
January 13, 2007 |
In 25 years of interviews with his hometown paper that could only be released upon his death, former President Ford once called Jimmy Carter a "disaster" who ranked alongside Warren Harding, and said Ronald Reagan received far too much credit for ending the Cold War. "It makes me very irritated when Reagan's people pound their chests and say that because we had this big military buildup, the Kremlin collapsed," Ford told the Grand Rapids Press.
December 28, 2006 |
Even with a Rose Bowl matchup against USC drawing steadily nearer, Michigan spent much of Wednesday talking about the death of Gerald Ford. Players and coaches, visiting Lawry's restaurant for the annual Beef Bowl, said that Ford remained a presence in the program in recent years. The former president, who played for the Wolverines in the early 1930s, watched games as often as possible and stopped by the football office whenever he passed through Ann Arbor.
November 8, 1988 |
Former President Gerald Ford and movie actor Charlton Heston hopscotched across the state Monday in a final effort to ensure that "California is in the right column when the polls are closed." At a luncheon meeting of the Comstock Club in Sacramento, Ford disputed polls that showed Bush leading and proclaimed the race for the White House to be a "toss-up." "It's close. It's going to be a narrow victory, either way," Ford said. ". . .