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President Reagan, Will Rogers Shared Common Gifts, Careers

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President Reagan, Will Rogers Shared Common Gifts, Careers By Joe Carter Ronald Reagan was a 24-year-old aspiring actor when Will Rogers was Hollywood’s towering star. While the two icons were never personally acquainted, their lives spiraled similarly. In 1941, six years following Rogers’ death, an unsigned memorandum at Warner Brother Pictures in California read: “Why not try …

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Give the Gift of Will Rogers

This is a great biography by Ben Yagoda. Follow Will Rogers from obscurity, growing up in Oklahoma, to become one of the most loved and admired men in America. How could one man be gifted with so much talent and energy? Follow Will as he travels across America and the world. He worked and starred …

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Will Rogers on “Mister, Can You Spare $10 Billion?”

This country runs to the figure ten. There has been many who has had to say, “Mr., can you spare a dime?” but President Roosevelt is the first man in the history of the world who looked a nation right in the face and said, “Mister, can you spare ten billion dollars?” BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., Jan. 5, 1934

The saying: “Mister can you spare a dime?” typified the poverty and despair during the depression years. My Grandmother told me that young, out of work, men would travel from place to place looking for jobs. Many times they would come to her back door to ask for a bite to eat. Those were difficult …

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Will Rogers on “Congressional Investigations & Photographers”

[Congressional] Investigations are held just for photographers. BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., April 4, 1934

At all these fancy investigations, the action seems to be in the photographers’ pit. The noise from shutters clicking is almost deafening. Thousands of pictures are taken of every move made by whoever is testifying. The perfect shot is one that captures an absurd grimace or a finger brushing by the nose. This requires the most …

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Will Rogers on “How to get rid of a Senator”

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People in Alaska and across the country have been completely baffled by the outcome of the recent Senate election there. I was too, until I came across this Will Rogers quote. You see, the only thing worse than having this particular Senator in Washington, is having the Senator in Alaska. It all makes sense now. Alaskans …

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Will Rogers on “Mules and Speeches”

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The mules were hee-hawing the other day in the lower chamber – I mean lower stall. They were kicking and bucking something terrible. There was so much commotion and noise that there wasn’t even a need for microphones – you could hear ‘em clear across town. They was all bunched up in groups, trading oats …

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Will Rogers and Definition of “Lame Duck Congress”

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We’re going to hear a whole bunch of lame ducks quacking real soon! The congressional pond will be alive with flapping and splashing. Rogers’ definition of “lame duck Congress” is dead on! The bums that were thrown out for not doing their job get one last chance to do some damage. Let’s pray that they …

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Will Rogers says: “Nations are Like Women”

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Rogers understands nationalistic pride, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We should be proud of our country. The problem comes when such pride is bent on the destruction of other countries. Germany under Hitler would be a good example. Even today, there are problems. The leader of Iran says that Israel must be wiped off …

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Will Rogers on “War is Coming!”

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How could Rogers know the consequences of cutting back on our defense in 1933? He had lived through WWI, peace conferences, and disarmament talks, and he had an amazing insight into human nature. Today we have many of the same issues. We look to the UN for peace talks. We talk about nuclear disarmament. Some …

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Will Rogers on Holding Back Relief

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Who knows what our economic condition is these days – Depression, recession, economic malaise? Whatever it is, a committee has been formed to investigate it. I’m sure their report will tell us what we already know, and will be issued when it is politically convenient. Are you as amazed as I am that Rogers saw …

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