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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The SLA, FBI, and Assassination Attempts on Gerald Ford

Yesterday's Crimes: The SLA, FBI, and Assassination Attempts on Gerald Ford

Manson acolyte Lynne "Squeaky" Fromme pulled a gun on President Gerald Ford on Sept. 5, 1975, but Ford was undeterred as he headed into an election year. He had been elected neither president nor vice president, ascending to both…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Squeaky Fromme, Charles Manson, & Assassination Attempts

Yesterday's Crimes: Squeaky Fromme, Charles Manson, & Assassination Attempts

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. became vice president when then-VP Spiro Agnew resigned in disgrace on Oct. 10, 1973 following a bribery scandal. Ford became president less than a year later when Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace following a number of…
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Culture, Kill Your Television Tied Up with a Bow

Tied Up with a Bow

We had decided that it would be better for me to stay in a hotel. I was visiting one of my oldest friends in Oregon, but her elderly mother is going through chemo for lymphoma, so having me banging around…
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News, The Snitch Today Is Billy Sipple Day: Honoring Gay Ex-Marine Who Saved Gerald Ford's Life

Today Is Billy Sipple Day: Honoring Gay Ex-Marine Who Saved Gerald Ford's Life

Today is Oliver W. Sipple Day in San Francisco, which honors the man who in 1975 grabbed the arm of Sarah Jane Moore when he saw her aiming a .38-caliber pistol at Gerald Ford outside the St. Francis Hotel in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Godawful Coloring Book Roundup, Starring <em>Hook</em>, <em>The Dukes of Hazzard</em>, and Gerald Ford

Godawful Coloring Book Roundup, Starring Hook, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Gerald Ford

Each Friday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from Golden State basements, thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. Back in the early 1990s, your Crap Archivist's younger brother developed the habit of…
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Calendar, Night&Day What Moore Do You Want?

What Moore Do You Want?

Did you know? Because we didn't: In 1975, 45-year-old Sara Jane Moore became the only woman ever to fire a bullet at a U.S. president. What's more, she did it in San Francisco, right in front of the St. Francis…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco's Attempted Ford Assassin Paroled At Age 77

San Francisco's Attempted Ford Assassin Paroled At Age 77

After serving more than 30 years of a life sentence in the clink, would-be presidential assassin and -- oddly enough -- FBI informant Sara Jane Moore was sprung on parole yesterday at the ripe old age of 77. On…
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News, The Snitch Chris Daly's Twinkie Defense

Chris Daly's Twinkie Defense

The media's ongoing claim that Supervisor Chris Daly's petulant rant du jour has dragged City politics to new lows in civility would be easy to understand -- in a city where a former supervisor didn't shoot the mayor and…
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