Gerald Ford

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

The record of human rights in China today is abysmal. From the Amnesty International Report 2007: An increased number of lawyers and journalists were harassed, detained, and jailed. Thousands of people who pursued their faith outside officially sanctioned churches were subjected to harassment and many to detention and imprisonment. Thousands of people were sentenced to death or executed. Migrants from rural areas were deprived of basic rights. Severe repression of Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region continued, and freedom of expression and religion continued to be severely restricted in Tibet and among Tibetans elsewhere. Now various organizations and individuals with single-issue agendas are

My wife, Peggy, and I are unabashed royal watchers. We subscribe—and look forward to every month—the Brit magazine, Majesty. Whenever we are in London, we try to visit the Queen’s Gallery off Buckingham Palace, because the Royal Family has one of the greatest private art collections in the world and the exhibitions there are changed regularly. So surfing DirecTV over early morning coffee on Friday, August 31, I stumbled on the BBC live coverage of the memorial service commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana and was hooked. It is the BBC that invented TV coverage of great national events—funerals, coronations, state visits

Being a news junkie, I watched the TV coverage of Gerald Ford’s final trip to Washington, D.C.—and thence to Michigan for burial—frequently switching channels and listening to all of the talking heads—politicians, pundits and presidential historians. The centerpiece of Ford’s accidental presidency was granting “a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.” The action roiled the country and very likely cost Ford his reelection. I remember being absolutely certain at the

Competent and organized, she spends time on the golf course Oct. 13, 2005: Vol. 1, Issue No. 39 IN THE NEWS Raising Storm Relief Money, Ex-Presidents Try to Decide Where to Send It --Stephanie Strom The New York Times, Oct. 8, 2005 With Fanfare and Dollar Signs, Wie Scratches Her Professional Itch --Damon Hack The New York Times, Oct. 6, 2005 Regular readers of this column know that I have a mordant fascination with the juxtaposition of two seemingly unrelated news stories. Such is the case with former presidents Bush and Clinton having no

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