Saturday, December 30, 2006

Good word

"I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security."

-- Gerald R. Ford

Friday, December 29, 2006

Screaming headlines

Recent events prompted me to pull this old newspaper out of the file. My folks saw fit to stash it away in Nashville that fateful summer day (I was 3), and it was passed down to me. Did you know I share a birthday with Richard Milhous Nixon?

As it happens, Wednesday morning I learned of Gerald Ford's death from a newspaper, the Knoxville News Sentinel. Ereck and I were visiting his folks, who read the morning paper around the kitchen table, and so when I awoke that day I got the big news not from television, not from the Internets, but from dead trees. What a concept!

One of my earliest memories is of Gerald Ford, and in particular of the Ford-Dole sticker I stuck to my bedroom door, which was covered with stickers. Yes, ours was a Ford-Dole household, though if I had been eligible to vote in the fall of 1976, I probably would have voted for Mr. Rogers.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Good word

"[Nixon aide Stephen] Bull remembered an occasion when the President was working a large crowd at an airport. A little girl had waved to him vigorously, shouting, 'How is Smokey the Bear?' (Smokey resided at the Washington Zoo.) The President smiled at her and turned away, but she kept on waving and inquiring. Unable to make out what she was saying Nixon turned to Bull, who whispered, 'Smokey the Bear, Washington National Zoo.' The President walked over, took her hand and said, 'How do you do, Miss Bear?'"

-- Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, The Final Days

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!