JFK Proposes a Detroit Olympics
"The long established and much respected tradition of the Olympic Games exerts a powerful influence upon the character of men and nations."
-President Kennedy in a letter to members of the International Olympic Committee proposing Detroit, Michigan as the host city for the 1968 Summer Olympics, 9/3/63.
Pictured: President John F. Kennedy signs a joint resolution in support of Detroit’s bid to host the 1968 Olympic Games. Behind President Kennedy stand officials from Michigan (L-R): Senator Philip A. Hart, Representative Martha W. Griffiths, Representative Neil Staebler, and Representative Harold M. Ryan. Cabinet Room, White House, Washington, D.C.
-from the JFK Library
Superbowl Sunday Presidential Trivia
Did you know that Gerald R. Ford received offers from two professional football teams, the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers?
He chose instead to take a position as boxing coach and assistant varsity football coach at Yale hoping to attend law school there.
In his youth, Jerry earned “All-City” and “All-State” honors at South High School in Grand Rapids before joining the team at the University of Michigan as a center.
Ford won the Meyer Morton Trophy, awarded to the outstanding freshman player in spring practice, in his first year as a Wolverine. He made the varsity squad the next year and in 1934 he got the starting position.
Although he had high hopes for his senior year since the team won the national championship in both 1932 and 1933, injuries hit the offense and the defense struggled. “We lost seven of our eight ball games,” Ford later reflected on his final season at Michigan. “But what really hurt was that my teammates, after the end of the season, voted me the most valuable player. I didn’t know whether to smile or sue.”
(ARC Identifier 186975)
-from the Ford Library
The Great Lakes State Thanksgiving
President Ford was presented with a Thanksgiving turkey by the National Turkey Federation on November 20, 1975. This was the 30th consecutive year that the Federation presented a turkey to the President. The turkey was presented by Marvin DeWitt of Zeeland, Michigan.
According the White House memo, it was the first time that the President, the turkey, and the presenter were all from the same state. Go Michigan!
-From the Ford Library, Photo ID LP-GRF-A7387-15