GLENN FORD - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED 10/20/1958 - HFSID 284342
[GLENN FORD] Appreciation plaque from Motorola for his contribution to the "PRIDE" program, acquired from the actor/officer's estate. Ephemera, unsigned. 15x19½ overall, 9x14 leather appreciation plaque on
Sale Price $270.00
Appreciation plaque from Motorola for his contribution to the "PRIDE" program, acquired from the actor/officer's estate.
Ephemera, unsigned. 15x19½ overall, 9x14 leather appreciation plaque on wood base from the Motorola Corporation, bearing this embossed statement: "PRIDE: Personal Responsibility in Daily Effort - This plaque is presented with appreciation to Commander Glenn Ford, USNR, in recognition of his generous donation of time and effort in the development of Motorola's PRIDE program on behalf of the United States Navy. From the estate of the late Glenn Ford! After making his screen debut in 20th Century-Fox's Heaven With a Barbed Wire Fence (1939), Glenn Ford (1916-2006) played diverse roles, including dark characters (The Blackboard Jungle and Ransom, both released in 1955), romantic leading men (Teahouse of the August Moon, 1956; The Gazebo, 1959) and rugged western heroes (The Desperados, 1943; The Sheepman, 1958; Cimarron, 1960). In 1958, Ford was voted the number one male box-office attraction, and remained popular long after the studio system that "created" him had collapsed. Later in his career, he appeared on television as well as appearing in feature films, including Superman: The Movie (1978). Ford served in the US Marine Corps during World War II, and also spent two tours of duty with the Third Marine Amphibious Force in Vietnam. As a US Navy Reserve officer, beginning with his commissioning as a Lieutenant Commander in 1958, Ford devoted considerable time to creation of training and informational films and to outreach efforts such as this one. Until it spun off its defense-related programs to General Dynamics in 2001, Motorola was a major supplier of communications and other electronic equipment to the US Navy, which therefore had an interest in the company's motivational program. Ford was promoted to commander, the rank shown here, in 1963. Leather portion has random dents and creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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