The future of Fearless George Thrills: The sky's the limit for an ex-president looking for the ultimate head rush.

March 27, 1997|By Ken Fuson | Ken Fuson,SUN STAFF

There's the perpetual steady income, the big library and that enviable personal security force, but the life of an ex-president is not always a skip through the Rose Garden.

You need a gig.

Gerald Ford shills for corporate clients. Jimmy Carter builds houses and solves the world's problems. And George Bush does -- well, nothing, it seems.

Until now.

Now we know that beneath that Yale-educated preppie exterior beats the risk-taking heart of Evel Knievel!

Setting new standards for ex-presidential derring-do, the 72-year-old Bush flung himself out of an airplane Tuesday and parachuted 12,500 feet, fulfilling a promise he had made to himself during World War II.

But why stop there, Mr. Ex-President? The prospects for more mortally dangerous, post-mid-life-crisis adventures are unlimited. You could:

Start recording for Death Row Records.

Marry Anna Nicole Smith.

Play basketball for Bobby Knight.

Stand between Bill Clinton and his french fries, or Boris Yeltsin and his vodka.

Balance the national budget (Oh, wait, you tried that).

Babysit Jeffrey Maier at an O's game.

Spell-check Dan Quayle's next book.

Take another crack at Japanese cuisine.

Three words: Dole-Bush 2000

Develop a Dana Carvey impersonation.

Concoct a phony Asian name and contribute to the Democratic National Committee.

Investigate what they really mean by "proving ground" in Aberdeen.

Bomb the bejabbers out of Saddam Hussein (Oh, wait, you tried that).

Spend the night at Greg Norman's house.

Every week, another escapade. It could be a series on Fox: "Who You Callin' Wimp?" The choice is yours, Mr. Bush. You can plunge back into obscurity or put your hide on the line. All you have to do is jump.

Pub Date: 3/27/97

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