The Nation: Life with a Perfect Father

Since President Nixon nominated Gerald R. Ford to be Vice President, the Ford family has made two important decisions. One was not to move out of the four-bedroom house in Alexandria, Va., that they built 18 years ago and is now worth about $65,000. The other was to keep an unbroken 16-year family tradition of getting together at their condominium in Vail, Colo., for two weeks of skiing over Christmas. "Ours has been a very close family life," explains Betty Ford, "but that's about the only time all of us can get together these...

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