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By Susan Reimer | July 18, 2011
I guess you had to be there. You need to have lived through the collapse of the scandalous Nixon presidency, the shameful conclusion of the Vietnam War, the anger and alienation that was the fallout of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, the assassinations, the race riots and the student riots. You need to have lived through a time when we came to believe that our government was hostile and venal to appreciate the shocking candor, the frankness, the refreshing honesty of Betty Ford.
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Susan Reimer | December 26, 2011
This is the time of year when the media engage in the rather morbid task of revisiting all the noteworthy deaths that occurred during the previous 12 months, and readers mutter to themselves, "He died this year? I thought he was already dead. " I often end up feeling badly for the people whose deaths pretty much escaped notice the first time around. And for the people whom I don't even recognize. You have to be glad they are not around to endure these slights. I read over this year's list of the famously departed with the same question in mind that daily obituary readers have: "Older than me or younger than me?"
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May 31, 1992
Former first lady Betty Ford will be the keynote speaker today during dedication ceremonies for a new building at Father Martin's Ashley, an addiction treatment facility near Havre de Grace.The new $6 million building, to be named Bantle Hall, features rooms for 20 patients, a dining hall, a medical facility and administrative offices.Entertainment for the 1 p.m. event will be provided by Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.Father Martin's Ashley has received national recognition for its alcohol and drug dependency treatment programs.
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By Susan Reimer | July 18, 2011
I guess you had to be there. You need to have lived through the collapse of the scandalous Nixon presidency, the shameful conclusion of the Vietnam War, the anger and alienation that was the fallout of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, the assassinations, the race riots and the student riots. You need to have lived through a time when we came to believe that our government was hostile and venal to appreciate the shocking candor, the frankness, the refreshing honesty of Betty Ford.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,sun reporter | December 28, 2006
When her husband unexpectedly became the nation's 38th president, Betty Ford was suddenly and reluctantly transformed from congressional wife and former department store fashion coordinator to first lady of the United States. Her candor and common sense quickly won over a nation that had never before heard a president's wife talk so openly about taboo topics, including her own addictions and her battle against breast cancer. Gerald R.
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By Julie Hinds and Julie Hinds,Knight Ridder / Tribune | June 3, 2001
Retirement: Former first lady still candid, and passionate about her causes. At 83, Betty Ford doesn't have time to rest on her laurels. "It's pretty hectic," says the former first lady of her schedule. "You think you're stepping back and retiring, but somehow, wherever you decide to light, there are a million things to do." Life is busy for the woman who helped teach America how to deal openly with breast cancer and addiction, but she's not complaining. During a recent interview, she said her husband, Gerald Ford, is "just fine," referring to the 87-year-old former president's strong recovery from a stroke suffered during the Republican National Convention last summer.
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July 31, 2008
ANNE ARMSTRONG, 80 Pioneering U.S. ambassador Anne Armstrong, a powerful Republican in the 1970s and 1980s who advocated a greater role for women and served as U.S. ambassador to Britain in the Ford administration, died yesterday. Ms. Armstrong had battled cancer and had been in a Houston hospice for about a week, said her assistant, Kay Hicks. She and her husband, Tobin, were Republican stalwarts. She was a national leader of the Republican Party and Cabinet-level adviser to presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford.
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By Jim Puzzanghera and Jim Puzzanghera,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 2, 2007
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, joining thousands of Americans who started the new year by saying goodbye to a former president, stopped yesterday at the U.S. Capitol after returning from his Texas ranch to pay his respects to Gerald R. Ford. Wearing a dark suit and gray tie, Bush was joined by first lady Laura Bush and a small contingent of White House aides that included Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove. Shortly after 3 p.m., Bush and his wife walked into the rotunda, where Ford's body lay in state.
NEWS
July 19, 2007
As Tony Blair prepares to meet his new bosses, the international Quartet on the Middle East, in Lisbon, Monday's speech by President Bush is hardly the flying start he might have hoped for. It's true that the one new element, an international conference on the region, is akin to the one which Mr. Blair pressed Mr. Bush in vain to allow him to host over two years ago. But Mr. Bush produced no other new policy, and precious little outline of how, if at...
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By Paul Moore and Paul Moore,Public Editor | January 7, 2007
The week between Christmas and New Year's tends to be slow for news and is, not surprisingly, the most popular time of year for reporters and editors to take vacations. This year's holiday week, however, was anything but slow for the remaining newsroom staffers at The Sun. This holiday season, The Sun sparkled with its coverage of news - some of it late-breaking, some of it "enterprise" reporting and some of it the result of careful preparation and sharp execution. Most notable was the reporting and presentation of the death of former President Gerald R. Ford in the Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 editions.
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July 13, 2011
Betty Ford made it socially acceptable to seek treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. By going public with her own story of addiction, she opened the door for thousands of others to admit they had a problem. Her commitment to drug and alcohol treatment, with the Betty Ford Clinic, was a model for others to follow. At a time when drug abuse is growing faster than ever, we sure could use her leadership. Mike Gimbel, Towson
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By CNN | July 8, 2011
Betty Ford, the widow of late President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California, has died at the age of 93, according to the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. Ford died Friday evening with family at her bedside, according to a family member. Elaine Didier, the director of the Grand Rapids, Mich., museum, confirmed Ford's death to CNN. No other details were immediately available. Condolences began pouring in soon after news broke about her death.
NEWS
July 31, 2008
ANNE ARMSTRONG, 80 Pioneering U.S. ambassador Anne Armstrong, a powerful Republican in the 1970s and 1980s who advocated a greater role for women and served as U.S. ambassador to Britain in the Ford administration, died yesterday. Ms. Armstrong had battled cancer and had been in a Houston hospice for about a week, said her assistant, Kay Hicks. She and her husband, Tobin, were Republican stalwarts. She was a national leader of the Republican Party and Cabinet-level adviser to presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford.
NEWS
July 19, 2007
As Tony Blair prepares to meet his new bosses, the international Quartet on the Middle East, in Lisbon, Monday's speech by President Bush is hardly the flying start he might have hoped for. It's true that the one new element, an international conference on the region, is akin to the one which Mr. Blair pressed Mr. Bush in vain to allow him to host over two years ago. But Mr. Bush produced no other new policy, and precious little outline of how, if at...
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By Paul Moore and Paul Moore,Public Editor | January 7, 2007
The week between Christmas and New Year's tends to be slow for news and is, not surprisingly, the most popular time of year for reporters and editors to take vacations. This year's holiday week, however, was anything but slow for the remaining newsroom staffers at The Sun. This holiday season, The Sun sparkled with its coverage of news - some of it late-breaking, some of it "enterprise" reporting and some of it the result of careful preparation and sharp execution. Most notable was the reporting and presentation of the death of former President Gerald R. Ford in the Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 editions.
NEWS
By Jim Puzzanghera and Jim Puzzanghera,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 2, 2007
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, joining thousands of Americans who started the new year by saying goodbye to a former president, stopped yesterday at the U.S. Capitol after returning from his Texas ranch to pay his respects to Gerald R. Ford. Wearing a dark suit and gray tie, Bush was joined by first lady Laura Bush and a small contingent of White House aides that included Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove. Shortly after 3 p.m., Bush and his wife walked into the rotunda, where Ford's body lay in state.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 31, 1997
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- John Daly's battle with alcoholism has taken a turn for the worse.The mercurial Daly withdrew from The Players Championship after one round. His excuse was a sore hip, but that was apparently just a front for the erratic behavior that has hampered his career. Daly has checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in Palm Springs, Calif."As part of my ongoing battle to overcome alcoholism, I have decided to immediately enter the Betty Ford Alcohol Rehabilitation Program," Daly said in a statement released by the PGA. "In August of 1996, I suffered a setback in dealing with my disease.
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By Jules Witcover and Jules Witcover,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 3, 2000
PHILADELPHIA - Former President Gerald R. Ford, quoted by doctors as saying that "he feels good and wants to go home," was resting in a hospital here last night after suffering one or possibly two slight strokes, starting Tuesday night, that affected his balance and speech. Dr. Robert Schwartzman, chief of neurology at Hahnemann University Hospital, called the 87-year-old's prognosis "good" but said the former president will probably be kept in the hospital for "five or six days" for treatment and observation.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,sun reporter | December 28, 2006
When her husband unexpectedly became the nation's 38th president, Betty Ford was suddenly and reluctantly transformed from congressional wife and former department store fashion coordinator to first lady of the United States. Her candor and common sense quickly won over a nation that had never before heard a president's wife talk so openly about taboo topics, including her own addictions and her battle against breast cancer. Gerald R.
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By Julie Hinds and Julie Hinds,Knight Ridder / Tribune | June 3, 2001
Retirement: Former first lady still candid, and passionate about her causes. At 83, Betty Ford doesn't have time to rest on her laurels. "It's pretty hectic," says the former first lady of her schedule. "You think you're stepping back and retiring, but somehow, wherever you decide to light, there are a million things to do." Life is busy for the woman who helped teach America how to deal openly with breast cancer and addiction, but she's not complaining. During a recent interview, she said her husband, Gerald Ford, is "just fine," referring to the 87-year-old former president's strong recovery from a stroke suffered during the Republican National Convention last summer.
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