[Buzz Aldrin] Typed Letter Signed by Gerald Ford. One page, octavo, on Ford's personal letterhead, n.p., November 20, 1922. Former President Ford invites Buzz Aldrin to the 11th American Ski Classic in Beaver Creek, Colorado. In part: "Betty and I cordially invite you to participate in the 11th American Ski Classic... This event, comprised of the Ford Cup Celebrity Race and the Legends of Skiing Races, has become one of our favorite traditions in the Vail Valley." In 1968, when Ford was minority House leader, he took his first trip to the Vail Valley and immediately adopted it as sort of home away from home. During his tenure as President, the slopes of Vail became known as the "Western White House" filled with dozens of "inconspicuous" Secret Service men and women trying to keep up with Ford on skis. Ford's love of Vail inspired him to promote skiing in general and Vail in particular, eventually becoming the founding father of the American Ski Classic, an annual event of professional and amateur ski racing, and entertainment and social event options for all ages. Letter bears a large, heavy black felt-tip signature "Jerry Ford". Secretarial notations at upper right. Very fine.

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