Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Former First Kids: Where are they now

        Writing autobiographies, biographies of their parents and other books seem to be the most common calling for the living children of former U.S. presidents. Otherwise, the disparate group of 26 individuals include dancers, actors, singers, bankers, rodeo riders and business men and women. Oh, yes, there's a sitting governor and U.S. president among them too.

        Ranging from 21 to 79 when they celebrate birthdays this year, what has become of them? Read on:

        Chelsea Victoria Clinton: 21, is scheduled to graduate from Stanford University in June. She has hinted she may study economics in Oxford University in England, where her father was a Rhodes Scholar.

        George W. Bush: 55, served as a pilot in the Texas National Guard, graduated from Yale University and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He co-founded an oil firm in Midland, Tex., He was managing general partner of the Texas Rangers baseball team. He was a White House adviser on organizational matters when his father was president and went on to become the governor of Texas and the 43rd president.

        John E. “Jeb” Bush: 48, graduated from the University of Texas, was an executive with the Texas Commerce Bank, and real estate developer in Miami. He served as Florida's secretary of commerce and now is governor of Florida. He converted to Catholicism when he married his Mexican-born wife, Columba.

        Neil M. Bush: 46, He graduated from Tulane University and became president of an unsuccessful oil firm in Denver. He worked for the Apex Energy Company of Denver. He was criticized by the Office of Thrift Supervision for his actions which led up to the failure of the Silverado Banking, Savings and Loan Association of Denver.

        Marvin P. Bush: 45, graduated from the University of Virginia. He worked for Shearson, Lehman Brothers before becoming new business development director at John Steward Darrel & Company in Charlottesville, Va., in 1988.

        Dorothy Bush Koch: 42, graduated Boston College, worked as a travel agent, caterer, bookkeeper and tourism promoter before taking a job with the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington. She married Robert Koch, former aide to House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt.

        Maureen Reagan: 60, was the daughter of the president's first marriage to actress Jane Wyman. Growing up in boarding schools, she attended Marymount College of Virginia, worked 16 years in show business and helped found Showcase USA magazine and Sell Overseas America. An active Republican campaigner, she and her husband, political consultant Dennis Revell, claim they saw Lincoln's ghost in the White House. She now serves as a board member of the Alzheimer's Association, the disease which is affecting the former president's memory and motor skills.

        Michael Reagan: 56, was adopted by the president and actress Jane Wyman. He worked as a boat salesman, gasohol developer, title company executive, defense contract executive, actor and speedboat racer. He has written an autobiography.

        Patricia “Patti” Ann Davis: 49, the president's daughter with First Lady Nancy Reagan, dropped out of Northwestern University and became an actor using the name Patti Davis. She married yoga instructor Paul Grilley in 1984. Her first book was a best-seller.

        Ronald Prescott Reagan: 43, son of Nancy Reagan, dropped out of Yale University to study ballet. He has been a ballet dancer, writer, reporter, talk-show host and actor.

        John William “Jack” Carter: 54, earned a degree in nuclear physics from Georgia Tech and a law degree from the University of Georgia. He practiced law in Georgia before taking a job with the Chicago Board of Trade.

        James Earl “Chip” Carter III: 51, worked in his father's peanut business, the Democratic National Committee and co-founded a corporate consulting firm.

        Donnell Jeffrey “Jeff” Carter: 49, graduated with honors from George Washington University with a degree in geography. He co-founded Computer Mapping Consultants.

        Amy Carter: 33, had an academic dismissal from Brown University. An activist, she was arrested for illegally protesting apartheid outside the South African embassy and CIA recruitment at the University of Massachusetts.

        Michael Gerald Ford: 51, was a student at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass., when his father was elected. He was an outspoken critic of Nixon, joined the Coalition for Christian Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh in 1977, and was appointed student affairs director at Wake Forest University in 1981.

        John “Jack” Gardner Ford: 49, worked for Outside magazine, was co-publisher of Del-Mar News Press, and is in public relations.

        Steven Meigs Ford: 45, has been a ranch hand, rodeo roper, bronco rider and actor.

        Susan Elizabeth Ford: 44, studied photography under Ansel Adams and worked as a still photographer for the movie Jaws. Her ex-husband, Charles Vance, had been a Secret Service agent for her father.

        Patricia “Tricia” Nixon Cox: 55, is a graduate of Finch College. She married Edward F. Cox in a celebrated White House Rose Garden ceremony but settled in New York where she has lived her life out of the public eye.

        Julie Nixon Eisenhower: 53, graduated from Smith College. She has written two books and has been an outspoken defender of her father. Married to Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of the president, she lives in Chester County, Pa.

        Lynda Bird Johnson Robb: 57, transferred from the University of Texas to George Washington University when her father became president. She dated actor George Hamilton but married Charles S. Robb. Her husband became governor of Virginia and served in the U.S. Senate.

        Compiled by Nancy Berlier, using the following sources: The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents, Enquirer news services, The White House Web site, online presidential library sites.


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