Tribute: Gerald Ford

At the Center of History

Gerald Ford came back from World War II, after a couple of brushes with death in the Pacific, determined to nudge the world toward peace. He climbed aboard history's caravan in 1948, when he won a Michigan seat in Congress; then he held on for the full ride. The record of that journey is two-dimensional now, in pictures and cartoons tacked up on the wall of his quiet office along the Rancho Mirage, Calif., fairways. But all that history is alive in his mind despite his 86 years--or maybe because of them--and it tumbles out in rich color. The sum of...

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