15 Things That Will Rogers Didn't Say

Look at Rogers' magnetic smile
Look at Rogers' magnetic smile | Source

I don't have much to say

about Will Rogers, American icon, humorist, film star, radio political commentator that has not already been said. And I have even less to say about the man who coined numerous phrases that we not only recall today, but often say if only to maybe impress who we are talking to at the moment.

Oh, do not misunderstand me, as most people do. I would love to write something that no one has ever dreamed of writing about this humble, gestured man we refer to as "Will Rogers," lover of cowboy ways and broad stretches of Oklahoma territory where he just happened to be born.
I guess I will wait and see where (this) piece takes me, but with a headline like this:

How can I go wrong?

This photo of Rogers was  taken before 1900 of Rogers  and his famous lariat
This photo of Rogers was taken before 1900 of Rogers and his famous lariat | Source
Writer,  Ben Yagoda  authored Rogers biography
Writer, Ben Yagoda authored Rogers biography | Source
Just one of many quotes made famous by Rogers
Just one of many quotes made famous by Rogers | Source

15.) " . . .Hey, talk about them Communists. I love them old boys. I just happen to know that they have only one color, red, and that beats trying to keep up with a lot of colors at my age."

14.)" . . .Women going to work? Why not? Truth be known, most women had rather work for pay for another man than slave at home for nothing for another one."

13.) . . ."I am not a lover of politics. But I do like beef stew. These days there's not much difference."

12.) . . ."Dogs are like politicians. Both of them howl and scratch."

11.) . . ."If you like to take a snort of whiskey now and again, go to it, friend. But do not try to fry me some eggs for breakfast afterwards."

10.) . . ."Awww, some of you married folks bellyache about your mates and I see your point. But why spend money divorcing them when you can buy a new truck with that money?"

9.) . . ."I almost stepped on a cat's tail yesterday coming out of my motel. What he was doing in the restaurant is still a bit fuzzy to me."

8.) . . ."Did you ever see a bunch of growed men when they sit down to play Poker? It's like they are just daring each other to be next to hand out their rent money to a stranger."

7.) . . ."Raising kids ain't no job. You can get fired from your job, but you can't get fired from raising your kids."

6.) . . ."Hollywood is a lot like Texas: Big, wild and sometimes you get stuck in your behind by a cactus plant."

5.) . . ."Hey, let me tell you. I got off my train in Chicago last week and this bum stumbled up to me and said, 'hey, old man. You can just haul off and bite me," in a rude way. I laughed and replied, "Okay. Are you an apple?"

4.) . . ."Folks, let me tell you. Don't waste your time looking up all the time. Do some work. All you will take home if you gaze upward is bird dung."

3.) . . ."A man may have a lot of dough, but without a turkey, he will starve."

2.) . . ."I don't like war, folks. No, sir. Who likes laying in mud, bullets whizzing past you and a loud mouth at your back yelling at you to charge?"

1.) . . ."Yeah, friends. I speak two languages. No hiding that fact. I speak English and western. Sometimes some southern."

Question: Do you think that I have accomplished my dream of writing something about Will Rogers that no one else ever dared to write?

And a peaceful good night, Okalona, Mississippi.

This is a film clip from a silent film where Will Rogers performs complex rope tricks.

Here is Will Rogers in April 1930.  At the time of his death in 1935, Rogers had the most popular  Sunday evening radio show,  his newspaper columns
Here is Will Rogers in April 1930. At the time of his death in 1935, Rogers had the most popular Sunday evening radio show, his newspaper columns | Source

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Cynthia Hoover 2 months ago from Newton, West Virginia

Kenneth as always your writing made me smile. I really enjoyed reading this tonight. I would have made a point to read it sooner but I was finishing up a new hub of my own. I do think you managed to capture your dream and write something that no else ever has about Will Rogers. I look forward to catching up on some of your other hubs as soon as I can! I have been in writing mode lately and not reading much. Thank you for providing me with an interesting evening through your writing!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 months ago

Kenneth your writing made me smile also, and to answer your question something about Will Rogers that no one else ever dared to write?

It is more like something about Will Rogers that no one else ever thought of to write?


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Jodah 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

An interesting hub, especially for an Aussie who knows very little about Will Rogers. I wouldn't know if any of those saying's were said by him or not. I knew he was famous for the saying "I never met a man I didn't like".. But apart from that.. I know more about Roy Rogers :)

Thanks for sharing.


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ladyguitarpicker 2 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Thanks for sharing this hub on Will Rogers, and I admit I don't know much about him. All my energy went on music and guitars. Stella


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JayeWisdom 2 months ago from Deep South, USA

Ken - I can count on your humorous hubs to make me smile, chuckle, or laugh when I'm tired, stressed, or just plain cranky. I've always been interested in reading about Will Rogers because people who knew my grandfather said he looked like Will Rogers. He (my granddad) also had a dry sense of humor and could say something that would make other people laugh while he kept a straight face. Of course, he would smile a few minutes after the laughter stopped.

As for your list of things Will Rogers DIDN'T say, I enjoyed them and heard his voice in my mind as I read. (Although I wasn't around in his day, I've seen and heard him on film. I think his down-to-earth manner gained him a lot of fans.)

Take care, fellow southerner,

Jaye


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txthorn 2 months ago from Manhattan

Interesting yet obscure. Sounds like you have a lot of time on your hands and much on your mind. I like the digging into the depth of yourself pull writings up. Sounds as though you have a somewhat humorist side to you. Yet I leave my mind open to perceive and weigh what is be said.

Will Rodgers was a very talented man in many things but love was his greatest achievement in his life that touched many and left a lasting impression. Thank you for grabbing that and sharing it.


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kenneth avery 7 days ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hey, txthorn,

How are things in Manhattan?

Thank you for your "review"/comment. I appreciate your time to read this hub and leave such a warm comment for me.

I am hardly worthy of such good words.

God bless you richly.


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kenneth avery 7 days ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

JayeWidsom,

Hey, fellow southerner. Hope you are warm and cozy tonight. Up here in Marion County, it is flat out cold.

Is Santa going to be early this year?

Thank you so very much for Your Sweet Comment on this hub. I pray that God blesses you richly.

Please keep in touch with me.

And Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.


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kenneth avery 7 days ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hey, Cynthia,

Is it cold up there in West Virginia? Was that a dumb question?

Thanks for reading this hub and giving me such a warm collection of sweet words. God bless you richly, my friend.

Are you following me?

If not, then why not jump aboard? I would love it.

Thanks again for your comment and please keep in touch.

Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.


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kenneth avery 7 days ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Shyron,

You, My Friend, have such a lovely way of saying things to me. May God bless you, Shyron.

I never thought of what you said and how I should think of doing something that no one had thought of doing.

I.O.U big time.

Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.


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kenneth avery 7 days ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Jodah!

Nice to read your comment on this cold night here in Alabama.

I thought that fall was meant to be crisp, not frigid.

Anyway. Thanks so much, Jodah, for our warm friendship and comments. My friend, you are very appreciated.

Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.


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kenneth avery 7 days ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

ladyguitarpicker,

It has been a really long time since I have heard from you. How are you? Are you going to have a Big Christmas?

I have got my shopping finished for my wife and three (young adult) grandkids. Feels great to be finished.

Thanks for your very nice comment. And I know that you are a tremendous guitar player.

Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.

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