The casket holding Betty Ford's remains arrived late Wednesday afternoon in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the final of two services will be held for the former first lady. The first service was held Tuesday in California.
In a long and wonderful life, Betty Ford became one of America's most influential and accomplished first ladies and one of our nation's foremost advocates on behalf of those suffering with alcohol and drug dependencies.
Betty Ford, the widow of late President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California, has died at the age of 93, according to the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
I will never forget the day in 1981 that I asked Betty Ford to be an honorary co-chair with Alan Alda of the Equal Rights Amendment Countdown Campaign. I thought it would be a long, involved process. But she said almost immediately that she would be honored to do so.
At some point, the "rush to rehab," reached the ridiculous. Does a week pass without some celebrity, politician or famous athlete heading to a rehabilitation treatment center? And often with the cameras rolling.
The body of former President Gerald Ford ended its sentimental journey Wednesday afternoon in Grand Rapids, where his body was placed in a hillside tomb as the sun declined in the cloudless winter sky.
Ironic, isn't it, how investments we considered fail-safe can suddenly lose their air of invincibility? It happened to stocks in the '90s and to bonds late last year as investors began to realize that the long decline in interest rates was likely coming to an end.