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The 1970s - February 16, 2018

Susan Ford (Photo by the Topeka Capital-Journal, used with permission)

Q: In the summer of 1975, President Gerald Ford's daughter worked as a summer intern in Kansas. Where did Susan Ford work... and what did she do?
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A: Topeka Capital-Journal, photographer

In the summer of 1975, Susan Ford, the only daughter of President Gerald Ford, worked as an intern for the Topeka Capital-Journal. The 18-year-old Ford spent several weeks working as a photographer for the newspaper. The internship at the Topeka Capital-Journal wasn't her only foray into photography. She also worked as a photojournalist for the Associated Press, Newsweek, Money Magazine, the Ladies Home Journal, the Omaha Sun and did freelance work. Ford, the author of two novels, also served as chairwoman for the Betty Ford Center, named after her mother. Susan Ford also works to raise awareness of breast cancer, a disease her mother had and spoke about openly.

Check out this little video segment on Susan Ford's time in Topeka by Tim Hrenchir, "The History Guy" and a reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Fun factoid: In the spring of 1977, Susan Ford attended the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk, First Family Jayhawk!

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