This & ThatWill Rogers: a man for his time

Since I was born in 1938, I wasnít around during the life of the great American humorist and entertainer Will Rogers. But I have read about him a lot and each time I read about his extraordinary life and times, I am in awe of his talents and accomplishments. He was a humorist, comedian and journalist. He was also a ranch hand, rodeo rider, film star, radio personality and aviation Pioneer. He was very good at rope twirling and lassoing. His laid back style appealed to many folks. He often poked fun at dignitaries, especially government officials. His humorous chatter, casual delivery and southwestern drawl proved a popular combination.

William Penn Adair Rogers was born September 5, 1879 in Oologah, Oklahoma to Clement and Mary Rogers. He was the youngest of eight children. He was raised on a ranch near Claremore, Oklahoma. Among his many talents and pursuits he became interested in airplanes. His death came in an airplane crash on August 15, 1935 near Point Barrow, Alaska. It was then that the world lost a great citizen whose wry humor and stage presence was a great asset to America. Also dying in the crash was pilot and friend Wiley Post.

Some of Rogersí pithy quotes are as follows.  More...


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