The pride of Grand Rapids, MI, has died. Looks like I'll be in southwest Michigan for the first week of mourning. I've always wanted to go to the Gerald Ford Museaum, and honestly was thinking about doing it tomorrow, but now it will look like I'm a bandwagon jumper.
Ford lived 93 years and six months, the longest any former President has ever lived. I've always found him a dignified, witty man, and of course he's loved in these parts as the hometown hero. He's also from a completely different era in politics, where a pretty conservative Republican can appoint someone like liberal John Paul Stevens to the Supreme Court.
Betty Ford confirmed his death at 11:49 EST, and, now, at 12:02am, it's already on Wikipedia, those quick bastards.
My I'm-going-to-hell moment: Gerald Ford was first on my 2007 Celebrity Death Pool. Now I'll have to change my picks around.
By the way, since most of the news sites are running those April 2006 (taken during a visit with the current President) photos of Pres. Ford - looking pale, wan, and every single one of his 93 years - I thought I'd remind everyone that he was once a cover model, was a star football and basketball player for the University of Michigan, and this is his senior photo at Grand Rapids High School:
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