Canadian, admittedly I knew nothing about Wendell Ford, save for the basic info
I included in my deadpool entry and the reason for which I chose him. He was a
U.S. Senator and a Kentucky Governor, very lofty accomplishments. Yet, when
asked what his greatest accomplishment was, Ford believed it was just the
act of getting elected. I found the answer a bit puzzling, and one opinion
piece I scanned on him gave only reserved praise while suggesting that
he was merely mediocre. It also referenced a sordid past that included an
alleged insurance scheme for which he was never charged.
Unsatisfied with my knowledge of the man, I read more. I learned that he had a
distinct oratory style, one that commanded attention. One article
suggested that his occasional nastiness came with a greater purpose. Another
referred to a self-deprecating quote he gave in 1974, when, freshly elected to
the Senate, he called himself "a dumb country boy with dirt between his
His funeral drew 400 people, a large crowd for the average person, yet not the
grandiose affair you might expect for a man who was a prolific public servant
for decades. Attending his funeral was one of the United States's
best-remembered Presidents, Bill Clinton, and possibly who will be one of its
least-remembered Vice Presidents, current VP Joe Biden. It seems Wendell Ford
was a man of contradictions. And I'm not sure I really know him any better.
What I do know is that Wendell Ford died on January 22, 2015, of lung cancer,
at age 90. I, Allen Kirshner, get 2 points for the hit and 5 points for the
solo, a total of 7 points.
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