Video: Midland, Dow gets shout out on hit series

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President Gerald R. Ford, and his wife, Betty Ford, pose for a portrait on the south lawn of the White House.

President Gerald R. Ford, and his wife, Betty Ford, pose for a portrait on the south lawn of the White House.

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A new streaming series on Showtime is showing the life of the ladies behind the leaders, and Midland and Midland-based Dow Chemical got a couple of seconds of fame in the show's fourth episode this week.

"The First Lady" highlights the lives of Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama as they stand behind their husbands in their tenures as President of the United States.

In one of the scenes of Episode 4, titled "Cracked Pot," the Ford children are at home in 1964 with Betty Ford (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) looking on as each child takes a turn to speak to their father, then Michigan U.S. Representative Gerald Ford (played by Aaron Eckhart), on the phone. 

When their son, Steven Ford, gets the phone he asks, "Where are you, dad?" And the future president confidently responds, "Midland, Michigan, Steven. Home of the Dow Chemical Company."

"The First Lady" streams with new episodes Sundays. Co-starring with Pfeiffer are Viola Davis as Michelle Obama and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt. Popular veteran actor Kiefer Sutherland plays President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and O-T Fagbenle portrays Barack Obama.