President Gerald R. Ford (1913 – 2006)

I met President Ford once as a child while being treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.  If memory serves, his autograph is on the page right next to the page with Shaun Cassidy’s mark in my sunflower-colored autograph book. 

Ford, Reagan, and Bush in Peoria 

I saw this picture today, and I am pretty sure that my parents took me to this campaign event, oh so long ago.  The setting is certainly familiar.  Very sorry to see him pass.

The picture is an AP photo from the Washington Post’s Ford retrospective web gallery.  The caption is the Post’s.  The first phrase of the caption is the very reason that my parents took me to the event.

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