President Ford and SAIC Dick Keiser

President Ford and SAIC Dick Keiser
President Ford and SAIC Dick Keiser

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Larry Buendorf

Larry Buendorf
Born November, 1937
Wells, Minnesota, USA
Residence Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Occupation Chief Security Officer, U.S. Olympic Committee, formerly Secret Service Agent

Larry Buendorf (born November 1937) is the Chief Security Officer of the United States Olympic Committee. He is a former U.S. Navy pilot and Secret Service agent. He is best known for his successful intervention during an assassination attempt on then United States President Gerald Ford in 1975.

Contents [hide]
1 Early life and Navy service
2 Secret Service career
2.1 Assassination attempt on U.S. President Gerald Ford
3 U.S. Olympic Committee
4 Other achievements
5 Acting credits
6 References

[edit] Early life and Navy serviceBuendorf was born in Wells, Minnesota, son of Ruby and Merle Buendorf. Buendorf graduated from Wells High School in Minnesota in 1955. He received a Bachelor of Science[1] degree in business from Mankato State University in 1959. After service in the United States Navy as a pilot, he joined the Secret Service in 1970, where he was employed for 22 years.[2]

[edit] Secret Service careerBuendorf was assigned to the Secret Service Office Chicago Field Office (1970-1972), Presidential Protective Division (1972-1977) and Denver Field Office (1977-1982). He was Special Agent in Charge, Omaha Field Office (1982-1983). Later, from 1983-1993, he was Special Agent in Charge of the Protective Division and, once again, assigned to protect President Gerald Ford and Mrs. Ford.[1]

[edit] Assassination attempt on U.S. President Gerald FordOn September 5, 1975, President Gerald Ford, who had just given a speech at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, walked across a park where a crowd had gathered.[3] A woman in a red dress, who later was identified as Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, was seen following Ford while he was shaking hands.[4][3] Upon seeing a Colt M1911 pistol, Secret Service Special Agent Larry Buendorf stepped in front of Ford. Buendorf yelled "Gun!", alerting the other agents who evacuated Ford. He pulled the gun away and wrestled the woman to the ground, in the process slightly injuring his thumb and hand while placing the webbing of his thumb between the gun's cocked hammer and the slide of the pistol.[3]

For his role in preventing the assassination attempt on President Ford, Buendorf was awarded the U.S. Treasury Meritorious Service Award and the United States Secret Service Valor Award.[1]

During the years after the assassination attempt, Buendorf and President Ford maintained telephone contact every year on the September 5th anniversary of the attack. He also visited the former President and skied with him on occasion.[2][5]

[edit] U.S. Olympic CommitteeBuendorf later became Chief Security Officer of the United States Olympic Committee in 1993 after retirement from the Secret Service.[6] From the Olympic Committee headquarters in Colorado Springs, his office is able to monitor security images from other Olympic training sites in Lake Placid, New York and Chula Vista, California, a suburb of San Diego.[6] The grounds of the Olympic Committee is open to the public and has a visitor's center and gift shop. As Chief Security Officer, Buendorf is responsible for security of the US Olympic Committee. However, he was not directly responsible for security at the Olympic Games when they were held in the United States in 1996 and 2002, as such tasks were performed by local, state, and federal government personnel, as well as contracted private security.

His philosophy for the Olympic Committee grounds security is "We don't want to create the environment of armed guards on the fence line." "That's not the kind of image we want for the Olympic movement. But we want it to be known there's a presence."[6]

[edit] Other achievementsBuendorf has been inducted into the Minnesota Athletic Hall of Fame.[1]

[edit] Acting creditsBuendorf has appeared on the television documentary Inside the U.S. Secret Service in 2004

Sara Jane Moore

Sara Jane Moore

Born February 15, 1930 (1930-02-15) (age 81)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Charge(s) Attempted assassination of a U.S. President
Penalty Life sentence
Status On parole

Sara Jane Moore (born Sara Jane Kahn;[1] February 15, 1930) attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford on September 22, 1975, outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, just 17 days after Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme had pointed a gun at the president.[2]

Contents [hide]
1 Background
2 Attempted assassination of Gerald Ford
3 Trial and imprisonment
4 Release
5 Today show
6 In media
8 References
9 External links

[edit] BackgroundA native of Charleston, West Virginia, she was a former nursing school student, Women's Army Corps recruit, and accountant. Moore had been divorced five times and had four children before she turned to revolutionary politics in 1975.[3][4]

Moore's friends said she had a deep fascination and obsession with Patty Hearst.[5] After Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, her father Randolph Hearst created the organization People in Need (P.I.N.) to feed the poor, in order to answer S.L.A. claims that the elder Hearst was "committing 'crimes' against 'the people.'"[5] Moore was a bookkeeper for P.I.N. and an FBI informant[3][5][6] when she attempted to assassinate Ford.

[edit] Attempted assassination of Gerald Ford
Reaction approximately one second after the assassination attempt.Moore had been evaluated by the Secret Service earlier in 1975, but that organization had decided that she presented no danger to the President.[7] She had been picked up by police on an illegal handgun charge the day before the Ford incident, but was released from arrest. The police confiscated her .44 caliber pistol and 113 rounds of ammunition.

Moore was about 40 feet away from President Ford[8] when she fired a single shot at him with a different pistol, a .38 caliber revolver.[2] She was standing in the crowd across the street from the St. Francis Hotel. She was using a gun she bought in haste that same morning and did not know the sights were six inches off the point-of-impact at that distance.[9] When she fired at Ford, her bullet narrowly missed his dome region.[9] FBI case agent Richard Vitamanti measured the location the next day.[citation needed] After realizing she had missed, she raised her arm again, and Oliver Sipple, a Marine, dove towards her, knocking her arm the second time, and saving President Ford's life. Judge Samuel Conti, still on the bench in 2010, spoke on the record, that Moore would have killed President Ford had she had her own gun, and it was only "because her gun was faulty," that saved the president's life.[9] That bullet missed the President because Sipple grabbed Moore's arm and then pulled her to the ground, using his hand to keep the pistol from firing a second time.[10][11] Sipple said at the time: "I saw [her gun] pointed out there and I grabbed for it. [...] I lunged and grabbed the woman's arm and the gun went off."[12] The single shot which Moore did fire from her .38 caliber revolver ricocheted off the entrance to the hotel[13] and it slightly injured a bystander.[6]

[edit] Trial and imprisonmentMoore pleaded guilty[14] to attempted assassination and was sentenced to life in prison.[15][16] At her sentencing hearing Moore stated: "Am I sorry I tried? Yes and no. Yes, because it accomplished little except to throw away the rest of my life. And, no, I'm not sorry I tried, because at the time it seemed a correct expression of my anger."[9] In 1979, Moore escaped from the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virginia, but was recaptured only hours later.[17] After her return, she was transferred to a more secure facility, and she served the remainder of her term at the federal women’s prison in Dublin, California.[8][18]

In an interview in 2004, former President Ford described Moore as "off her mind" and said that he continued making public appearances, even after two attempts on his life within such a short time, because "a president has to be aggressive, has to meet the people."[19]

Moore had the Federal Bureau of Prisons register number 04851-180.[20]

[edit] ReleaseOn December 31, 2007, at the age of 77, Moore was released from prison on parole after serving 32 years of her life sentence. Ford had died from natural causes on December 26, 2006, one year and five days before her release. Moore has stated that she regrets the assassination attempt, saying she was "blinded by her radical political views."[21][22] She will be under supervised parole for at least five years. Moore was released under a federal law that makes parole mandatory for inmates who have served at least 30 years of a life sentence and have maintained a satisfactory disciplinary record. When asked about her crime in an interview, Moore stated, "I am very glad I did not succeed. I know now that I was wrong to try."[23]

[edit] Today showOn May 28, 2009, Moore appeared on NBC's Today program, her first television appearance since leaving prison on parole.[24]

Moore also discussed her 1979 escape from prison. She revealed that an inmate told her, "...when jumping the fence just put your hand on the barbed wire, you'll only have a few puncture wounds." She went on to say, "If I knew that I was going to be captured several hours later, I would have stopped at the local bar to get a drink or at a burger place just to get a drink and a burger."[25]

[edit] In mediaSara Jane Moore's story is one of nine told in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical Assassins. Moore, John Wilkes Booth, Charles Guiteau and Leon Czolgosz appear in "The Gun Song".

[edit] Quotes“I do regret I didn't succeed, and allow the winds of change to start. I wish I had killed him. I did it to create chaos.” (1975)[26][27]
“I didn’t want to kill anybody, but there comes a point when the only way you can make a statement is to pick up a gun.”[1][4]
“The government had declared war on the left. Nixon's appointment of Ford as vice president and his resignation making Ford president seemed to be a continuing assault on America.”[28]
“I know now that I was wrong to try. Thank God I didn't succeed. People kept saying he would have to die before I could be released, and I did not want my release from prison to be dependent on somebody, on something happening to somebody else, so I wanted him to live to be 100.” (2007)[29]

Sara Jane Moore Tried To Assassinate President Ford, Discusses Attempt And Spending 32 Years In Jail

Sara Jane Moore Tried To Assassinate President Ford, Discusses Attempt And Spending 32 Years In Jail

To look at this 80-year-old grandmotherly woman, it is difficult to imagine that she spent 32 years in prison for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford, but that's exactly what happened. On September 22, 1975 in San Francisco, Sara Jane Moore fired a shot at President Ford that missed his head by several feet. A bystander wrestled her to the ground before she was taken into custody by authorities.

Moore was a 45-year-old divorced mother who hung around disaffected groups feeding her alienation. Looking back on the incident, she says of her earlier self that it seems like a "different person." She sees the genesis of her assassination attempt as stemming from her immersion in radical leftist groups that were pushing her to the edge, and that she was alienated from the world as it was and needed to do something about it. It's unclear why she felt killing President Ford would have done anything about it, but she declares that to this day she believes if she hadn't made the attempt someone else would have:

Oh, I still think that. If I hadn't done it, someone else would have. That was the tenor of the time. There was more talk about it than people realize. Again, I thought that what was happening to us there in San Francisco was the whole world and it wasn't. I had to learn later that everybody didn't feel that way.
Some six of her 32 two years spent behind bars was in solitary confinement. She escaped from prison in 1979 but was promptly recaptured. In hindsight Moore believes that the action was wrong, although "understandably wrong, but that's just my ego talking."

Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme

Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme

Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme attended Redondo Union High School in Southern California, but according to the school's archivist (yes, they have an archivist), it is uncertain as to whether she actually graduated. Evidence presented in Jess Bravin's amazing biography, Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme, indicates that she never wore the cap and gown. Indeed, the one and only high school yearbook appearance for the future Manson girl and would-be presidential assassin is found the 1965 edition of The Pilot. Specifically, her junior year portrait and a photo with the Theater Club. According to Bravin, she was also very active with the school's literary magazine, Opus (later re-branded as The Compass). In the 1966 edition of the publication, Ms. Fromme is favorably mentioned in the preface and two of her poems are featured therein.

From 1960 to 1963 Ms. Fromme attended Orville Wright Junior High School in Westchester, California where she befriended future Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman (who was tragically murdered by his wife in 1998). Hartman and Fromme shared column space in the June 20, 1963 edition of the school's newspaper, The Skyliner. On page 3, under an article entitled "A9's Select Most Popular Seniors," Hartman, in a possible joke or typo, is named "Happy-go-lucky girl" and Fromme shared "Personality Plus" honors with someone named Lisa Wilhoyt.

Even earlier, the talented Ms. Fromme was a member of the Westchester Lariats, a popular dance troupe that performed in a variety of venues including on such national television programs as The Dinah Shore Show, The Lawrence Welk Show and on a program hosted by future Manson antagonist, Art Linkletter.

It was in 1967, on the Venice Beach boardwalk, that Fromme met the man who would soon dub her "Squeaky." Charles Manson's first words to the 18-year-old were "What's the problem?" Fromme has been at Manson's side--at least in spirit--ever since. She did not participate in the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders, but she did become Manson's main cheerleader during the ensuing trial. And, along with other members of The Family, she carved an 'X' in her forehead. After the guilty verdicts she and the other members of the cult shaved their heads.

By 1975 Fromme was sharing an apartment in Sacramento with another Manson girl, Sandra Good. They still worshipped their leader and had taken up his cause on the environment. They had also taken to wearing strange nun-like robes (Good wore the color blue and Fromme wore red). On September 5th of that year Fromme went to Capitol Park with a loaded .45 Colt pistol in a thigh holster under her robe (in the later Newsweek cover shot, she looked like a demented elf). But before she could fire at President Ford, she was restrained by Secret Service agent Larry Buendorf. Seventeen days after the assassination attempt, another woman (Sara Jane Moore) tried to kill the hapless Ford. Fromme was eventually sentenced to life in prison.

In 1987 Fromme made a brief escape from Alderson Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virginia (Sara Jane Moore did this, too) after hearing erroneous news that Manson had testicular cancer. She was recaptured two miles from the prison. She would not see freedom again until her parole from a Fort Worth, Texas prison on August 14, 2009. She had served 34 years.

Fromme, now in her sixties, currently lives with her boyfriend in Marcy, New York. She was portrayed (as a blonde!) by 24's Mary Lynn Rajskub in the 2004 version of Helter Skelter with Jeremy Davies playing a particularly menacing Charles Manson.