GLENDALE — Vic Pallos, who worked as public information director for the Glendale Unified School District from 1971 to 2004, on Wednesday recalled the day he herded six elementary school students to a speech President Gerald Ford made during a campaign stop in front of City Hall in 1976.
For drawing the best political posters in class, their reward was shaking hands with a U.S. president.
"I think they were awestruck," Pallos said.
So was Carl Raggio, who at the time was a school board member for the district.
"Like most of us, you're a little in awe because he is president of the United States," Raggio said.
At the time, Ford was campaigning to hold on to the post he inherited following Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974.
Ford invited widespread criticism for the pardon he issued to Nixon for the Watergate scandal, but he went on to lead a more transparent and open administration.