I remember the Manson trial and was a working newsman when Fromme tried to plink Jerry Ford. Not everyone knows that on a 1911 model Colt you need to have a round in the chanber – Fromme’s negligence saved Ford’s life. Feminists yelled because Fromme was called a “girl” although she was in her late twenties.
But I can remember that day in 1975 like it was yesterday. It was during the same month that Patty Hearst was arrested. And then Sara Jane Goode tried to shoot Ford several weeks later! The times, they were crazy! Ms. Goode was prevented from shooting Ford by Oliver Sipple, who disproved a legend about Marines. After his service in the corps, he had moved to San Francisco for a different lifestyle.
"WASHINGTON — Lynette A. Fromme, who was briefly in the limelight she so craved after pointing a gun at President Gerald R. Ford in 1975, will be released from federal prison on Aug. 16, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Wednesday.
Ms. Fromme, 60, known as Squeaky, has been held in a prison near Fort Worth, Tex., and became eligible for parole release, according to Traci Billingsley, a spokeswoman for the agency, which is part of the Justice Department. Ms. Billingsley said she had no information on Ms. Fromme’s plans once she is released.
Ms. Fromme was an early follower of Charles Manson, the architect of seven murders in California in 1969. She had been arrested more than a dozen times before Sept. 5, 1975, in Sacramento, when she pointed a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol at Mr. Ford from about two feet away. A Secret Service agent, Larry M. Buendorf, grabbed the gun with one hand and Ms. Fromme’s arm with the other, causing the gun to fall to the ground.
The pistol held a loaded magazine, but there was no cartridge in the chamber, so the gun would not have immediately fired."