Gerald Ford

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th president of the United States from August 1974 to January 1977. Before his accession to the presidency, Ford served as the 40th vice president of the United States from December 1973 to August 1974. Ford is the only person to have served as both vice president and president without being elected to either office by the Electoral College. Born in Omaha and raised in Grand Rapids, Ford attended the University of Michigan and Yale Law School. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U. S. Naval Reserve, serving from 1942 to 1946. Ford began his political career in 1949 as the U. S. representative from Michigan's 5th congressional district. He served in this capacity for the final nine of them as the House Minority Leader. In December 1973, two months after the resignation of Spiro Agnew, Ford became the first person appointed to the vice presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment by President Richard Nixon.

After the subsequent resignation of President Nixon in August 1974, Ford assumed the presidency. His 895 day-long presidency is the shortest in U. S. history for any president who did not die in office. As president, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords. With the collapse of South Vietnam nine months into his presidency, U. S. involvement in Vietnam ended. Domestically, Ford presided over the worst economy in the four decades since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure. In one of his most controversial acts, he granted a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. During Ford's presidency, foreign policy was characterized in procedural terms by the increased role Congress began to play, by the corresponding curb on the powers of the President. In the Republican presidential primary campaign of 1976, Ford defeated former California Governor Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination, he narrowly lost the presidential election to the Democratic challenger, former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter.

Following his years as president, Ford remained active in the Republican Party. His moderate views on various social issues put him at odds with conservative members of the party in the 1990s and early 2000s. In retirement, Ford set aside the enmity he had felt towards Carter following the 1976 election, the two former presidents developed a close friendship. After experiencing a series of health problems, he died at home on December 26, 2006. Ford was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. on July 14, 1913, at 3202 Woolworth Avenue in Omaha, where his parents lived with his paternal grandparents. He was Leslie Lynch King Sr. a wool trader. His father was a son of Martha Alicia King. Gardner separated from King just sixteen days after her son's birth, she took her son with her to Oak Park, home of her sister Tannisse and brother-in-law, Clarence Haskins James. From there, she moved to the home of her parents, Levi Addison Gardner and Adele Augusta Ayer, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gardner and King divorced in December 1913, she gained full custody of her son.

Ford's paternal grandfather Charles Henry King paid child support until shortly before his death in 1930. Ford said that his biological father had a history of hitting his mother. In a biography of Ford, James M. Cannon, a member of the Ford administration, wrote that the separation and divorce of Ford's parents were sparked when, a few days after Ford's birth, Leslie King took a butcher knife and threatened to kill his wife, his infant son, Ford's nursemaid. Ford told confidants that his father had first hit his mother when she smiled at another man during their honeymoon. After living with her parents for two-and-a-half years, Gardner married Gerald Rudolff Ford on February 1, 1916. Gerald was a salesman in a family-owned varnish company, they now called her son Gerald Rudolff Ford Jr. The future president was never formally adopted and did not change his name until December 3, 1935, he was raised in Grand Rapids with his three half-brothers from his mother's second marriage: Thomas Gardner "Tom" Ford, Richard Addison "Dick" Ford, James Francis "Jim" Ford.

Ford had three half-siblings from the second marriage of Leslie King Sr. his biological father: Marjorie King, Leslie Henry King, Patricia Jane King. They never saw one another as children, he did not know them at all until 1960. Ford was not aware of his biological father until he was 17, when his parents told him about the circumstances of his birth; that year his biological father, whom Ford described as a "carefree, well-to-do man who didn't give a damn about the hopes and dreams of his firstborn son", approached Ford while he was waiting tables in a Grand Rapids restaurant. The two "maintained a sporadic contact" until Leslie King Sr.'s death in 1941. Ford said, "My stepfather was a magnificent person and my mother wonderful. So I couldn't have written a better prescription for a superb family upbringing." Ford was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, earned that program's highest rank, Eagle Scout. He is the only Eagle Scout to have ascended to the U. S. Presidency. Ford attended Grand Rapids South High School, where he was a star athlete and captain of the football team.

In 1930, he was selected to the All-City team of the Grand Rapids City League. He attracted the attention of college recrui

Kleider machen Leute (opera)

Kleider machen Leute is a comic opera in a prologue and two acts by Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky. The libretto was written by Leo Feld, based on the short novel by Gottfried Keller. Zemlinsky started work on the opera in 1907, completed a three-act version in 1909, he made revisions in 1910. This first version was premiered at the Vienna Volksoper on 2 December 1910. For a revival in Prague in 1922, Zemlinsky made further revisions; this second version was premiered at the Neues Deutsches Theater in Prague on 20 April 1922. The score is published by Universal Edition Vienna. On a provincial road, Wenzel Strapinski is saying goodbye to two of his colleague friends. A magnificent carriage stops next to him; the coachman takes Wenzel to Goldach, introduces him there as a count, disappears. The citizens of Goldach admire the newcomer; the administrator and his daughter Nettchen join them. Only Melchior Böhni, in love with Nettchen but was rejected by her, is suspicious. Strapinski is in two minds about the deceit.

When he decides to leave, Nettchen stops him. His rival Böhni exposes Strapinski as an impostor. Strapinski convinces the people of Goldach who treated him as a count that his only motive for playing along was his love for Nettchen; when he wants to leave, Nettchen stops him again, declaring that if she can not be a countess, she will gladly be the wife of a master tailor. Notes Sources Batta, András, Opera - Komponisten, Interpreten

Hart Bochner

Hart Matthew Bochner is a Canadian actor, film director and producer. He has appeared in films such as Breaking Away and Famous, The Wild Life, Making Mr. Right, Die Hard, Apartment Zero, Mr. Destiny Mad at the Moon, Break Up, Liberty Stands Still and Carrie. On television, he has starred in War and Remembrance, Children of the Dust, Baby for Sale, The Starter Wife, Scandal. Bochner was born in Toronto, the son of Ruth, a concert pianist, actor Lloyd Bochner, his family is Jewish. Bochner is a board member of the Environmental Media Awards, his grand-uncle was journalist and philanthropist Isaiah L. Kenen. Bochner appeared in such films as Islands in the Stream, Breaking Away, Terror Train and Famous, Apartment Zero, Die Hard, Mr. Destiny and Fellow Traveller. In the late 1990s, Bochner had a voice role in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and starred opposite Susan Sarandon in Anywhere But Here, he appeared in the films Urban Legends: Final Cut, Say Nothing. Bochner had an uncredited role in the 2013 remake of Carrie.

On television, Bochner had a key role as Byron Henry in Remembrance. More he starred as Zach, the boyfriend of Molly Kagan, on USA Network's short-lived series The Starter Wife. Among the films he has directed are PCU, High School High, Just Add Water. Hart Bochner on IMDb Hart Bochner