Gerald Ford is being laid to rest and hearing about his legacy is eye-opening and interesting. Ford was not elected to the vice presidency or the presidency. After Spiro Agnew resigned, Ford moved up to v.p. and then after Nixon resigned, Ford moved up to the presidency. There have been theories that there was a reason Ford pardoned Nixon; he was bribed, he had influential friends, etc. I think the only reason (and Jim, who was around, has also said this) is that Ford knew if Nixon were to go to trial it would not be good for the country. Ford may have lost to Carter but he should be remembered as a positive change for the country in a galvanic period.
To the former oldest living ex-president: Rest in peace.