AMERICAN NOTES: The Fords Say Thank You

During the past month, some 45,000 Americans have received thank-you cards from the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. The President and his wife were responding to the extraordinary flow of sympathy and encouragement in messages to the White House since Betty Ford's cancer operation.

The well-wishers have ranged from Emperor Hirohito of Japan and West German President Walter Scheel, to schoolchildren who laboriously copied out their letters of friendship. A number of women who have also undergone mastectomies—including Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the 90-year-old daughter of Teddy Roosevelt—took the time to write....

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