Write Again…Truly he was one of a kind

Published 4:49 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2024

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Today’s monograph, friends, is about one of the most famous men of his time. Almost unbelievably famous.
It’s about a fellow named Will Rogers. Let me invite you to read just a little about this remarkable man.
From the book “The Life and Writings of Will Rogers”· share with you just a very small slice of his wit and wisdom, especially about politics and politicians
(as seen by him in the early and mid-thirties):
“Our platform will be, whatever the other fellow don’t do, we will.” Plus “There will be no promise of jobs, for no defeated candidate has ever been able to
give anyone a job. Our support will have to come from those1 who want nothing, and have the assurance of getting it.” ·
“In the Republican platform at Cleveland they promised to do better. I don’t
think they have done so bad. Everybody’s broke but them.” ‘
“Politics is a great character builder. You have to take a referendum to see what your convictions are for that day.”
“Republicans want a man that can lend dignity to the office. Democrats want a man that will lend some money.”
As I said, these examples of his are just a very narrow slice of his myriad witticisms, observations.
So. Let me close with “An Oklahoma Boy, “the introductory beginning (is that redundant?) to “The Warmth, Wit, Wisdom and Remarkable Career of America’s Cowboy-Philosopher”, a very engaging book.
Something I never quite realized is how almost uniquely extensive were Will Rogers’s world travels. Amazing.
Will Rogers, along with aviation enthusiast Wiley Post: Will, too, loved
traveling by air -died when the plane they were in experienced engine failure in a remote part of Alaska, and crashed into the sea.
What I haven’t told you about Will Rogers was that he was consummately successful also on stage and in movies, first silent films, then talkies, making mega-amounts of money, much of which he contributed to charitable causes.
Also, his love for his family was a predominant constant in his life.
What a life it was. All fifty-six years.