This morning's news is focusing on the passing of former President Gerald Ford. Most of what would otherwise be getting plenty of coverage is being pushed out of the way. I was amused that one of the several dozen small blurbs that have come over the wire noted that Ford had a reputation as a bumbler thanks to SNL skits and a few well-publicized minor mishaps, but he was in fact an athlete. Ford was a star of two national champion football teams at Michigan, in 1932 and 1933.
Ford goes in the history books with two distinctions; he's the only person ever to hold the offices of vice president and president without being elected to either, and he was the longest-living former president, dying at 93, a hair older than President Reagan was when he died.