Susan Ford

American photographer Susan Ford

Susan Elizabeth Ford Bales is an American author, photojournalist, and former chairman of the board of the Betty Ford Center for alcohol and drug abuse.
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06 July 1957
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With a daughter's tribute, aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is commissioned in Virginia
LATimes - 7 months
The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford came to life Saturday in a commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, a time-honored tradition that ushered in a new generation of naval sea power. Ship sponsor Susan Ford Bales made the call that sent dozens of sailors in crisp white uniforms running onto...
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Travel NIghtmare: Monkey Business
NPR - over 1 year
In the latest story from listeners about their Travel Nightmares, Susan Ford Hoffert tells us about a monkey attack in South Africa.
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A Musical Look At The Women Of The White House As You've Never Seen Them
Huffington Post - over 2 years
American politics can make for epic theater, as evidenced by Broadway's smash hit, "Hamilton." Now, a new Off-Broadway musical is putting a quiet, satirical spin on a less-heralded side of our nation's heritage: the complex, often fraught relationships between first ladies and their daughters. Michael John LaChiusa's "First Daughter Suite," which runs through Nov. 22 at New York's Public Theater, tells the story of the lives of the female inhabitants of the White House, young and old, to a hauntingly operatic score. The daughters of Richard M. Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush are the stars of what LaChiusa describes as a two-act "fantasia" divided into four fanciful, if zany, sung-through vignettes, each with its own unique tone. LaChiusa, 53, wrote "First Daughter Suite" as a sequel of sorts to "First Lady Suite," his 1993 musical that dramatized the lives of Mamie Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt and Jacqueline Kennedy. As with that earlie...
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Theater: Amy Carter Gets Her Closeup In New Musical 'First Daughter Suite'
Huffington Post - over 2 years
FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE ** 1/2 out of **** PUBLIC THEATER Every current composer of musicals worth his salt gets compared to Stephen Sondheim sooner or later. The talented Michael John LaChiusa earns the comparison more than most for one unfortunate reason: like Sondheim, many of his musicals get staged, earn acclaim and then slip away too soon. Again and again, we see Sondheim shows "rediscovered" upon revival, becoming the hits and and gaining a place in the repertory they always deserved. Sondheim's shows aren't "difficult;" we're just slow to catch up with them. The same holds for LaChiusa. Hello Again is a lovely song cycle that looks wiser every time we return to it. The Wild Party is going to be revived on Broadway any day now and prove -- a la Kander & Ebb's best work -- to be a smash hit not despite but because of its wicked dark wit. (Frankly, it should have been a hit the first time around.) Maybe it falls between the cracks, but Marie Christine would thrive if it c...
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The Week Ahead: ‘First Daughter Suite,’ at the Public Theater, Shows Young Girls in a Fishbowl
NYTimes - over 2 years
The show explores life in the White House for the likes of Amy Carter, Tricia and Julie Nixon, and Susan Ford.
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The Romans, Just Wars and Exceptionalism
Huffington Post - about 4 years
American citizens concerned about our military policy abroad might find an interesting mirror in ancient Rome. The Romans wanted to make sure that they were fighting wars that were not driven by greed for gain, but were just. In fact they managed to make such claims for every single war of expansion they fought, and when they won, it confirmed their belief that they were in the right: after all, if the gods hadn't supported them, they would have lost. But how were the Romans so sure that their wars were just before they saw divine support via victory? Part of the answer sounds strange to us; the other half, perhaps, does not. First, the Romans observed specific religious rituals to ensure divine favor, such as looking for omens in the entrails of sacrificed animals before declaring war. Through these omens they would know if the gods supported their proposed course of action. And if they had to account for a defeat, there were often explanations that the unfavorable omens had...
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Susan Ford discusses mother's addiction
Channel 10 News - San Diego, CA - over 4 years
Susan Ford, the daughter of former President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford, spoke to 10News about the crisis their family went through while in the White House -- living with an addicted mother.
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US Navy christens costly new carrier, USS Ford
Yahoo News - over 4 years
The American navy christened the first of its next generation of aircraft carriers, a multi-billion-dollar vessel hailed as the most technologically advanced warship ever built. The USS Gerald R. Ford, which has been plagued by huge cost overruns at a time of growing budget pressures, is due to begin service in 2016. "May God bless and watch over the USS Gerald R. Ford, those who built her and the men and women who will sail her into harm's way," said the late president's daughter Susan Ford Bales moments before shattering the bottle against the hulking ship. The Ford represents the first new design for a carrier in 40 years, and the Navy's chief of staff Admiral Jonathan Greenert called the ship "a technological marvel."
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US Navy to christen new, costly aircraft carrier
Yahoo News - over 4 years
The American navy will Saturday christen a new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, a colossal ship plagued by equally huge cost overruns, at a time of growing budget pressures. The daughter of the former US president, Susan Ford Bales, will break the traditional champagne bottle at a ceremony in the port of Newport News, Virginia, near the sprawling Norfolk naval base. US law requires the military to maintain 11 aircraft carriers, but at the moment only 10 are available since the retirement of the USS Enterprise in 2012.
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Navy set to christen new carrier USS Gerald R. Ford
USA Today - over 4 years
Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales, will do the honors.
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The anti-tax bandwagon sinks to new depths of depravity - over 5 years
Corning, Inc.'s headquarters in Corning, N.Y. | Stilfehler | Wikimedia Commons Has the anti-tax crowd lost its mind? Have they totally overplayed their hand? The evidence is growing that the answer is a resounding “YES!” The latest proof of that occurred in sworn testimony before Congress this week. It was delivered by Susan Ford, a senior executive at Corning, Inc., which earned almost $3 billion betwen 2008 and 2011. That’s their headquarters in New York on the left. Nice digs, huh? With a straight face, she told the House Ways and Means Committee that the United State’s stiff corporate tax rate was putting her company at a competitive disadvantage. That would be a shame if there was a shred of truth to it. What suggests it’s a big fat lie is the amount of taxes Corning has paid for those years. Take a wild guess what that amount is. The answer is below the jump. . .   ZERO. Corning has paid ZERO taxes on almost $3 billion in earnings. Actually that’s not...
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Malia malarkey
Reuters Canada - almost 6 years
Almost every professional American journalist accepts the convention that the private lives of the president’s pre-adult children — their participation in school and extracurricular events; their private trips; their personal lives — shall not be covered except, as was the case with the Bush twins, when they’re charged with breaking the law. The cone of silence that usually shields the president’s children temporarily lifted early this week as a variety of outlets, including Huffington Post and Yahoo News, and the websites of the London Telegraph and the Australian, ran stories about Malia Obama’s vacation in school trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, with classmates and 25 Secret Service agents. The White House contacted the outlets and asked that the Web pages be tossed into the memory hole. Most complied, but not before the Blaze captured screenshots of them. The administration even persuaded Politico to redact its original report about the excised pages because it contained informa...
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Failed U.S. energy policy the topic as Steve Ford joins former 'energy czar ... - The Grand Rapids Press -
Google News - over 6 years
"Shortly after dad's death, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, in an op-ed entitled The First Energy President, praised the energy initiatives of dad's administration," said Susan Ford Bales, Gerald R. Ford's daughter
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County to start filing criminal charges in 'egregious' cases - Annapolis Capital
Google News - over 6 years
Krousaniotakis, the owner of 1721 Oakley Place, and his attorney, Susan Ford, declined last week to comment on the case. Officials with Mixqui Construction could not be reached for comment. The criminal charges filed against Krousaniotakis and Mixqui
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Dee Dee Davis' Page 3 Mingle - Pensacola News Journal
Google News - over 6 years
Also joining the festivities were Jim's wife, Jacque; son, Tom Sr.; and his wife, Nadia; Al and Susan Ford; and David and Emily Ford. Art at Sunset, a collaboration between the Pensacola Museum of Art and Jaco's Grill, has quickly become a tradition
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ART WALK: Author compiles recipes of Tennessee celebrities - Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
Google News - over 6 years
The no-meat meatballs are from a recipe contributed by Nashville author Susan Ford Wiltshire, who will join in a discussion led by Whinnery at Thursday's book signing. Others among the 300 recipes in the book are corn chowder loved by Ray Walker,
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Homeless Center seeks volunteers - Foster's Daily Democrat
Google News - over 6 years
"Committed volunteers are the backbone of our organization," states Susan Ford, executive director of HCSC. "We need compassionate volunteers with a strong desire to improve the lives of families who are going through a stressful time
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Susan Ford
  • 2009
    Age 51
    On November 14, 2009, Ford participated in the keel laying for the ship.,
  • 2007
    Age 49
    Also in July 2007, she and her husband Vaden Bales represented Mrs. Ford and the Ford family at the naming of the Gerald R. Ford Post Office in Vail, Colorado.
    In July 2007, Ford represented her mother at the funeral service of former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson.
    On June 11, 2007, she delivered remarks in Washington, D.C. at the ceremony unveiling the U.S. Postal Service's image of the commemorative stamp honoring President Ford.
    On January 16, 2007, Susan Ford spoke at a Naming Ceremony at the Pentagon. At the ceremony, the aircraft carrier CVN-78, now under construction, was officially named the.
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  • 2006
    Age 48
    That was particularly so during the December 26, 2006 - January 3, 2007 state funeral services and ceremonies for her father.
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  • 2002
    Age 44
    In 2002, she wrote, with Laura Hayden, a novel, Double Exposure: A First Daughter Mystery, with a contemporary White House setting; a sequel, Sharp Focus, was published in 2005.
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  • 1992
    Age 34
    In 1992 she became a member of the board of the Betty Ford Center and in 2005 became the chairman of the organization.
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  • 1989
    Age 31
    She and her husband lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after their marriage on July 25, 1989.
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    Ford married attorney Vaden Bales in 1989.
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  • 1979
    Age 21
    She married Charles Vance, one of her father's former U.S. Secret Service agents, on February 10, 1979. For a time they operated a private security company in Washington. They had two daughters, Tyne Mary (born 1980) and Heather Elizabeth (born 1983), but were divorced in 1988.
  • 1975
    Age 17
    As a teenager attending the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, she held her senior prom, for the class of 1975, in the East Room of the White House.
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  • 1957
    Born on July 6, 1957.
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