A link to a simply amazing New York Times piece on a member of the Ford family. Here is the story of Victoria Ford.
You really have to read this for yourself. The only thing I’ll say is for decades the Ford family has been regarded by many as a monolithic political entity that, oh by the way, also happens to be a family. Some Memphians don’t even bother to distinguish one Ford from another. That includes those seeking the family’s help as well as those who scorn the family.
There is another side to that. It is a very private side maintained by a family with a very public life in other regards. Only rarely in the last 40 years have we had more than a glance at the dynamics and inner workings and conflicts of the city’s most storied political family. There is a public life that goes up to a certain point and then there is a formidable barrier. All families have this kind of barrier. Few have this kind of public life that serves as the front yard to that wall behind which are the answers about key events in that public life.
Well, politics and public service may be the Ford family calling. But there is a writer in the family and she has written about the family.