Archive for November 4th, 2010

Will Rogers: Witty and Wise

Today is the birthday of Will Rogers, famed American humorist and actor. (Depending on how old you are, he was either the Mark Twain or the Jon Stewart of his day.) During the 1920s and 1930s, his skeptical slant on what was happening in American politics and culture defined the era. Several of his observations are still remembered today:

“I have never yet met a man that I didn’t like.”

“Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.”

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

    Rogers was a Cherokee descendant, cowboy, circus performer, radio and film actor, lecturer, and aviation fan who projected the voice of the common people. He died in 1935, at the age of 55, but his legacy has definitely lived on. Discover for yourself just why he was so beloved:



    Will Rogers: A Biography by Donald Day

    Will Rogers: An American Life by Ben Yagoda

    Will Rogers: His Life and Times by Richard M. Ketchum

    Will Rogers: Reflections and Observations by Will Rogers



    The Wit and Wisdom of Will Rogers, In His Own Voice



    IDMB: Will Rogers

    Official Website of Will Rogers

    PBS American Masters: Will Rogers

    Wikipedia: Will Rogers

    Will Rogers Memorial Museums