News Release

For immediate release - September 10, 2013

Presidents & Their First Ladies: Jerry and Betty Ford

To celebrate the coming of cooler weather, the W. T. Bland Public Library presents a free program – Presidents and Their First Ladies: Jerry and Betty Ford on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. This free program is sponsored by the Mount Dora Library Association. While the program is free and open to the public, tickets are required. Tickets will be limited to four to an individual and must be picked up at the Circulation Desk during regular library hours.

Jerry Ford had one goal – to be elected by his Congressional peers as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Ironically, he did not achieve this dream, but he did become the first unelected Vice-President and President of the United States. Ford’s honesty and forthrightness helped to heal the nation after the Watergate scandal.

Betty Ford was maybe our nation’s most outspoken First Lady and many of the topics she spoke about caused her husband political difficulties, like her support for ERA and the Roe vs Wade decision. But he speaking out on her personal difficulties such as breast cancer and alcohol and medicinal drugs addiction brought these topics to the forefront and saved many people’s lives.

Actors William and Sue Wills will portray the former President and his wife. The free presentation is part of their “Presidents and their First Ladies, Dramatically Speaking” series. The Winter Park couple creates the scripts and costumes that bring the characters to life. The Wills’ have been re-enacting presidential couples for years, traveling the country to give a small sampling of presidential personalities and challenges. He writes the scripts for their programs, and she finds or creates the costumes. The couple has been working on stage since they met while doing a show in Baltimore in 1970.

The program Presidents & Their First Ladies: Jerry and Betty Ford will be held at the W. T. Bland Public Library located at 1995 N. Donnelly Street in Mount Dora. All Library programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, call (352) 735-7180 option 5.


Media contact:
Stephanie Haimes
Library Director

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