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Tuesday, 14 July 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of Stephen Boyd.

This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #85 – 14 July 1913 

Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States was born on 14 July, 1913.  He served in that role from 1974 to 1977.  He died at 93 on 26 December, 2006.

Famously and controversially, he granted a full pardon to his predecessor, Richard Nixon, for his involvement in and association with the Watergate scandal.

But today’s nugget is not about his politics, it is about golf.

In 1981, he took part in the Bob Hope Golf Classic at Moor Park in Hertfordshire.  It was a mixture of top professionals and celebrities.  Stars like Hope, Johnny Mathis, Bruce Forsyth, Ronnie Corbett and Telly Savalas all participated and entertained the crowds.

I was there on the Saturday and I took a few photographs, including Gerald Ford in a snazzy red jumper.  And, although not great quality, here it is (and one of Bob Hope):


Source: Me

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