Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A Sad Day

Former President Gerald Ford has passed away at the age of 93.


  1. well 93 is not so bad.

  2. ummm... what about the godfather of soul, James Brown?!!?!?

  3. No offense Mordy, but James Brown wasn't an ex-President of the United States.

    Prag - That's kind of depressing, as my grandmother turns 93 tomorrow...!

  4. may she live to 120

  5. I'm going to vote with MordyS and say that James Brown was a greater loss than Gerald Ford.

  6. In one of James Brown's songs (I'll Go Crazy) he was caught in a major societal dilemma.

    One line is
    "If you leave me, I'll go crazy"

    Another line is
    "You gotta live for yourself, for yourself and nobody else"

    Who but this great philosopher could have described this existential contradiction so succinctly?

    With President Ford, however, the most memorable line was not really from him, but from the NY Daily News: "FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD". Can anyone remember anything Ford actually said?

  7. I have gone back to research James Brown's lyrics as recorded, and have to offer this emendation:

    Another line is
    "You gotta live for yourself,
    yourself and nobody else"

    This scholarly enterprise is not easy, but who said life is easy?