VAIL, Colo. (AP) -- Looking suntanned and healthy, Gerald Ford donned a hard hat and helped start a $9 million renovation project on an amphitheater that bears his name.
The former president, accompanied by wife Betty, told a crowd of about 200 he was pleased to return to the resort near his adopted hometown of Beaver Creek.
"We have such wonderful memories and recollections of the Vail Valley over the last 32 years," he said Thursday.
Ford, 87, was energetic and robust with no outward sign of the small stroke he suffered earlier this month while at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.
After the ceremony, he declined to discuss his health, choosing instead to chat with friends in the crowd.
Burr was practical joker
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Turns out Raymond Burr was quite the practical joker on the set of the old "Perry Mason" courtroom drama.
"One time he gave me about two dozen roses for my birthday in a long box," said Barbara Hale, who played Della Street on the show.
Hale will be the host of a 20-hour "Perry Mason" movie marathon this Labor Day on cable's Court TV.
"He brought me up in front of the whole courtroom. I said, 'Oh, Raymond. Thank you.' I took the top of the box off because they were exposed up here and there were about 25 little white mice coming out," Hale, 79, said.
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