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President Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006)

By Wyatt Earp | December 27, 2006

They say celebrity deaths come in threes. Maybe there’s something to that. Former President Gerald Ford passed away today at the age of 93. Ford, who succeeded Richard Nixon at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, will never be confused with the greatest Presidents of all time, but he is currently being remembered as a down-to-earth, straight shooter that everyone liked. He gets mention here if for no other reason than he is Michigan alum.

“Ford, who has died at age 93, played center on the University of Michigan football team, where he was a three-year letter winner. His teams enjoyed consecutive undefeated, national championship seasons in 1932 and 1933. He was the Wolverines’ most valuable player in 1934 and, on Jan. 1, 1935, he played in a college all-star game known today as the East West Shrine Game.”

The truly sad part about posts like this is that Ford is one of hundreds of World War II veterans that we are losing every year. If you know a member of this “Greatest Generation, thank them for their service.

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