Questionnaire with President Ford By: Nicole Webber Q Mr. Ford, can you give us a little information about your childhood life? A Well, Ms. Webber, I was born in 1913 on July 14th. For two years, I was living with both my mother and father as a happy family. Then, when I was two years old, my parents divorced. My mother and I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan while my father remained in Omaha. I was then adopted by my stepfather Gerald R. Ford. After my adoption, he had my name to Gerald R. Ford as well. Q What was your given birth name if it was not Gerald? A My name was that of my father, Leslie Lynch King, Jr. My father named his other son Leslie H. King. Q How many siblings do you have? A Well, my mother and stepfather had three children together, my younger brothers James, Richard and Thomas. My father also remarried and had three children as well. I have a brother Leslie and two sisters, Marjorie King Werner and Patricia King. QHave you had any contact with your father since the divorce? A There was this one time when my father had come to Grand Rapids. He
We held a little bit of a conversation before he asked if I wanted to come live with him and his family out of nowhere. I told him that I considered the Fords my family. Shortly after that, he did help me get a job in Yellowstone National Park as a ranger. Q Besides being a park ranger and president, what other accomplishments have you made throughout your life time? A I attended South High School where I was an Eagle Scout and the center of the football team for my entire high school career. I was selected to the allcity high school football team three times. I was also selected to the allstate football team my senior year. When I went to college, at the University of Michigan I might add, I was the center on the undefeated football teams of 1932 and 1933. I was voted the MVP in 1934. I was offered a contract from both the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers, but I turned them both down so that I could study law. Q What school did you attend for law and did you get your degree?
A I was accepted into Yale where I received my degree in law in 1941 and I ranked in the top third of my class. Q So between law school and politics, what were you doing? A I entered the navy where I received the rank of lieutenant commander in 1946. Q When did you first hold any office position? A I got in office in 1963 as chairman of the Republican Conference of the House. Then I became Vice President when Agnew resigned in 1972. Q When and why did you become president? A I became President in 1974 when Nixon resigned from the presidency. Q Why did you not run again after your term ended? AI wanted to go on and do other things such as writing and publishing my autobiography and serving on the board of directors for several different companies.
Published on Apr 27, 2009