Ave atque vale, then, Leslie Lynch King, Jr, 38th President of the United States.
He's the first president I was ever really conscious of, and even then only because he was always in the news tripping over things. Now we come to consider his life, too late we realize that he probably deserved a lot better. But there's a lot of people like that, especially among the klutzy ones.
So take a minute for those folks in your life - the cack-handed and the bad-haired, the clumsy and the dull - who are plodding along, getting the job done all the same. We rely on them to be there when we need them, but might never think to thank them.
For Gerald R Ford, give them a smile today...
Gerald R Ford and friend, yesterday. RIP.