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Richard Norton Smith “OnHis Own Terms: The Life of Nelson Rockefeller”

November 12, 2014 – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

West Michigan warmly welcomed back Richard Norton Smith as he discussed his new book “On His Own Terms: The Life of Nelson Rockefeller”. Smith is the former Director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. Smith was a eulogist at funeral services of Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford. He also served as a White House intern during the Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. Nelson Rockefeller was the 41st Vice President of the United States and was appointed by President Gerald R. Ford following the resignation of then-President Richard Nixon and Ford becoming the 38th President. Smith attempts to tell the story of who Rockefeller was as a man, where he came from, and what inspired him to live his life the way he chose to live it.


Our Constitution Works: President Ford’s Date with Destiny Panel Discussion

October 20, 2014 – JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, the Grand Rapids Economic Club and the National Constitutional Center hosted the Our Constitution Works: President Ford’s Date with Destiny Panel Discussion. The panelists included former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who was appointed by President Gerald R. Ford in 1975; former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Paul O’Neill, who served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management & Budget for President Ford; and Ken Gormley who replaced Professor Benton Becker who was selected by President Ford to travel to California and met with Richard Nixon regarding Ford’s pardoning the former President. Gromley is the Dean of the Duquesne University School of Law and is an expert on Watergate.


President Ford and the Pardon of Richard Nixon Panel Discussion

October 20, 2014 – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation hosted a “President Ford and the Pardon of Richard Nixon” panel discussion, which was held in conjunction with other similar Constitutional Symposiums throughout the country. The panelists included Ken Gormley, Dean of the Duquesne University School of Law and an expert on Watergate; Jill Wine-Banks, the Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor and the only female on the Trail Team, whose prosecutors were gearing up to indict and prosecute former President Richard Nixon; and John Logie, former Mayor of the City of Grand Rapids, who was part of the law firm that researched and reviewed court precedents that were provided to President Ford as legal standing in the decision to pardon Nixon, before he was even convicted.


President Ford and the Rule of Law Panel Discussion

October 20, 2014 – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation hosted the “President Ford and the Rule of Law” panel discussion, which was held in conjunction with other similar Constitutional Symposiums throughout the country. The panelists included Ken Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center who served as the moderator; Mark Wolfe, Senior United States District Judge who also served in the Ford Administration as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General & Deputy Attorney General; and Mike Gernhardt, Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and Director of the Center Law & Government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


Howard Willens “History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy”

September 23, 2014 – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the release of the Warren Commission Report on September 25, 1964, Howard Willens spoke at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Willens is the author of “History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy”. Willens’ book is the only one written on the Commission by someone who was part of the management team that supervised the largest criminal investigation in U.S. history.


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