Memory of meeting President Ford lingers

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Memory of meeting President Ford lingers

I was moved today [March 2] by the news of President Trump’s dedication of America’s newest state-of-the-art aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford.

Thoughts of my initial introduction to the ex-president returned to mind. I was a rookie part-time ski instructor at a Vail-Beaver Creek, Colorado ski school for the 1981-82 ski season. While posting for lineup on a Monday morning in February, my supervisor yelled, “Cameron! Why aren’t you in the office to pick up your private-lesson customer?”

You need to know that I’d never given a private lesson before. The customer, Bill Davis, was a newly arrived Secret Service agent with ex-President Gerald Ford!

Bill and I spent a week together skiing and became friends. Fast-forward to August-September 1982. I was fortunate to have closed on a $780,000. sale at the “Charter at Beaver Creek” at the end of June and took the rest of the summer to enjoy Vail Valley golf and work on my game. The local paper announced that the Gerry Ford Invitational Golf Tournament would expand to two courses and open space for 12 locals to qualify to play and the winner of the two-day qualifying tournament would get free entry into the main tournament. Well, needless to say, yours truly won!

When my wife and I arrived for the kickoff tournament dinner, we went through the revolving door at the Lodge at Vail and there stood Bill Davis. Bill asked, “Mike, are you playing in the tournament?”

My reply was, “I won the locals qualifier, I’m playing free.”

Bill said, “Well, come on and I’ll introduce you to Betty and Gerry!” Walking us to the head of the receiving and being introduced to the former president of the USA by my friend was a memorable moment. That handshake and conversation with them was also a moment in life I’ll never forget!

I cannot understand Americans today who cannot show respect and honor for the person who holds our nation’s highest office! I’ve voted in every presidential election during my lifetime, and I was not on the winning side lots of times.

Trust God, and leave all the consequences to him!

J. Michael Cameron