November 4, 2009


Happy Birthday, Will Rogers

Will Rogers was a Cherokee American cowboy and performer who lived from 1879 to 1935. He was famous for standing on a stage, making humorous observations on politics and life while chewing gum and doing rope tricks. He appeared on vaudeville, radio, and movies and became very popular.

He was sort of the Jon Stewart of his time.



Here's a sample of some of his humor:


“There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.”

“I belong to no organized [political] party. I am a Democrat.”

“An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out.”

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

Both of Will Rogers' parents were part Cherokee. He himself was 9/32nds Cherokee! Is that closer to one-fourth or one-half?

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Rogers


Go here to see a video of Will Rogers doing his thing with a rope:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_lZqA7RPoU


Laughter is a wonderful thing. As Will Rogers himself said, "We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can." He also pointed out that "an onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh."

So do some fun and funny stuff today, and be sure to laugh!

What's in a name?
Will Rogers had a very ordinary-sounding name, but his FULL name was William Penn Adair Rogers. He was born on Dog Iron Ranch, near Oologah in Indian Territory, and he died in a plane crash near Barrow, Alaska. So those are some pretty interesting names, huh?

A Will Rogers Puzzle
Solve the puzzle and you can read what is perhaps the most famous quote from Will Rogers.


1) Will Rogers was born in _______ Territory, in what is now Oklahoma.

2) He was famous for doing a rope _______ as he told a joke.

3) Will Rogers died in a _______ crash.

4) He was known to _______ lines with wry humor.

5) Will Rogers became a _______ star.

6) He sometimes quipped, “My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower. But we _______ the boat!”


ANSWERS below:



1) INDIAN 2) TRICK 3) PLANE 4) MOVIE 5) MET


QUOTE: "I NEVER MET A MAN I DIDN'T LIKE."

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