Journalist Dan Rather opened the 36th annual conference of the Council of Michigan Foundations on Oct. 12 with a presentation on the upcoming presidential election. The former CBS Evening News anchor and White House correspondent is currently the host of Dan Rather Reports on HDNet. His 2001 book, “The American Dream,” explored the nation’s founding ideals and their continuing resonance. Rather is pictured with Marty Allen, left, during a tour of the Gerald R. Ford Museum. Rather’s appearance was sponsored by Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Friends of Ford.