Well unless you have been under a rock for the past 24 hours, President Ford will be laid to rest next week here in downtown Grand Rapids at the Ford Museum. I am sure it is not too much of a big deal, but living about a mile or so from all of the hoopla it is impossible not to notice it here.
He grew up in a house around the corner from where I live now, and the Fiancée and I are looking at buying a house down the street that is a multi-fam. Well I found out that it was Jerry and Betty’s first apartment when they were first married.
Here is a man that is so much a part of history, healed a nation, and come to find out that he was not even born with the name that he has now. Additionally, he had offers from both the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions to play pro-ball, but decided to go to Yale Law School and be a coach there instead.
What do you remember about this legendary “Good Guy” who helped turn the page on what could have been a national crisis? Do you think that it was wrong for him to pardon Nixon?
Rest in Peace Jerry, I will swing by to visit sometime.