"A friend of Arthur Dent's, and shares three mothers with The President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox, making them semi-cousins.
"Ford is a researcher for that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and is responsible for the entry on Earth. He visited the Earth by way of a Teaser and was stranded for fifteen years. He was also later upset to learn that his masterpiece had been compressed to the two words: "Mostly Harmless."
"Ford skimped a bit on his pre"
""'Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don't know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen.'"
"'It can be very dangerous to see things from somebody else's point of view without the proper training.'"
"'I talked to the computer at great length and explained my view of the Universe to it,' said Marvin.
'And what happened?' pressed Ford.