Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Little known facts about Gerald Ford

The late Gerald Ford was the only president born in Nebraska. Because of a couple of well-publicized falls, Ford gained a reputation as a klutz. In fact, he was probably the best athlete ever to serve as president. He started at center for the University of Michigan football team and was offered an NFL contract after he graduated.

Just as the Gingrich "Class of '94" was viewed as an beginning-of-an-era Congress, so was the post-war "Class of '46." Three presidents were alumni from that group: Ford, Richard Nixon, and John F. Kennedy. Unlike Ford, Nixon and Kennedy quickly moved on to the Senate.

CORRECTION 7:10PM: Although Nixon and Ford worked closely together while both were in the House, Ford was first elected to the House in 1948.

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