11 Things That Will Rogers DIDN'T Say

America's Favorite "Home spun Hero," Will Rogers

AND HIS TRUSTY LARIAT. AND ROGERS IS POSING IN HIS MEMORABLE "CONFUSED," "LET ME THINK THAT OVER," LOOK.
AND HIS TRUSTY LARIAT. AND ROGERS IS POSING IN HIS MEMORABLE "CONFUSED," "LET ME THINK THAT OVER," LOOK.

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THIS IS JIMMIE RODGERS, "FATHER OF COUNTRY MUSIC," AND NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH WILL ROGERS.
THIS IS JIMMIE RODGERS, "FATHER OF COUNTRY MUSIC," AND NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH WILL ROGERS.
ROGERS LAUGHS IT UP AS THE PHOTOGRAPHER SNAPS AWAY CAPTURING ROGERS IN HIS "SUNDAY BEST."
ROGERS LAUGHS IT UP AS THE PHOTOGRAPHER SNAPS AWAY CAPTURING ROGERS IN HIS "SUNDAY BEST."
WILL ROGERS HAD A KILLER SMILE. A DISARMING CHARM. AND PERSONALITY THAT WON HIM COUNTLESS FRIENDS.
WILL ROGERS HAD A KILLER SMILE. A DISARMING CHARM. AND PERSONALITY THAT WON HIM COUNTLESS FRIENDS.
WILL ROGERS STATE PARK IN PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA IS A LOVING TRIBUTE TO AMERICA'S "HERO OF THE COMMON MAN," WILL ROGERS.
WILL ROGERS STATE PARK IN PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA IS A LOVING TRIBUTE TO AMERICA'S "HERO OF THE COMMON MAN," WILL ROGERS.

I LOVED

Will Rogers. As the majority of Americans did too. Plus the many fans Rogers had overseas. Will Rogers was a true American philosopher in every sense of the word. From his whimsical one-liners to his humorous thought-provoking jabs at politics and life in general, to his good-natured. Easy-to-approach personality, Will Rogers burst onto the American scene at a time when we needed a "shot of hope" in the arm. Name the subject. Rogers had an opinion. And mostly a jokingly viewpoint of whatever subject was thrown at him.

MY UNCLE RAYMOND WINSETT OF HAMILTON, ALABAMA

rest his soul, could have passed for Will Rogers' twin brother. He even looked confused like Rogers when asked a tough question. Uncle Raymond, I've suspected, was a secret fan of Will Rogers "in his day." Raymond's. Not Will's. One thing I remember that came from uncle Raymond's mouth was on the night after he had buried his wife of many years that very morning. Someone asked Raymond, "you going to get remarried, Raymond?" After a five-minute pause, and I'm sure for some sure-thinking, Raymond said, "nope. Too many mouths to feed that way," and laughed. I hate to talk ill of the dead, but Raymond, who is deceased too, would agree with this statement: I didn't see uncle Raymond shed one tear. Or let out a moan or lamented-groan over the passing of his wife because for many, many years, his wife was always belittling, tongue-lashing, brow-beating and humiliating Raymond. Others witnessed this cruel behavior other than me. She said one time that "Raymond didn't finish school so I have to do his thinking for him," what an egotistical person she was. Honest to God, I never liked her at all. Although my wife, Raymond's niece, tried to drive it into my head, "we must try to see the good in all people," with Raymond's wife that was near-impossible.

AFTER THE NIGHT OF RAYMOND'S WIFE'S WAKE

he went pretty much where he wanted. Stayed as long as he wanted. And praise Jesus, did what he wanted for as long as he wanted. I was glad for that turn in Raymond's life. I wish I had a photo of Raymond to share in his hub. But I do not.

And what did my uncle Raymond have to do with Will Rogers? Plenty. I think that I might have met Will Rogers' spirit if there is anything to a soul re-entering a living body after its first body is gone. But that discussion is for another time. You rest easy, uncle Raymond. I miss you.

NOW I WOULD LIKE TO, WITH YOUR PERMISSION, SHARE "11 THINGS THAT WILL ROGERS DIDN'T SAY," FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE. AND ALSO FOR YOUR SOCIAL STATUS. FOR IF YOU DROP A FEW OF THE 11 THINGS ROGERS DIDN'T SAY AT YOUR NEXT OFFICE PARTY OR BACKYARD BARBECUE, YOU WILL COME OFF LOOKING AND SOUNDING LIKE THE SMARTEST MAN OR WOMAN ON THE BLOCK.

First, let's review one thing that Will Rogers DID say. "when Congress tells a joke, it become law and when they pass a law it becomes a joke." Got that? Will Rogers actually said that verbal gem. What a character. Pal. Neighbor. After-dinner speaker. And entertainer. Will Rogers.

Now for The 11 Things Rogers DID NOT Say . . .

1. "I think that Communism, for the most part, stands as much of a chance to grow as a bitter weed in Kansas."

2. "Cows are like politicians. They always have a bag of something to give you and horns to stick you when your tax bill comes in the mail."

3. "No, friends. Crime does not pay, but being president of these here United States does."

4. "I like my neighbor. That one man I met last year."

5. "I never met a man that I didn't wonder if he had just got out of jail or not."

6. "Politics are like a walk in the barnyard. If you don't step careful, you will step in something that will make you stink even when you take a bath."

7. "High society to me is just an excuse to be seen eating a fancy chicken leg."

8. "Rich people tickle me to death. In the daylight they are always watching over their shoulder for the tax man and at night, they dream up ways of paying for his lunch."

9. "Mark Twain was right. Spiders love vacant corners in merchants' shops who overspend on advertising."

10. "I'm not a Republican or Democrat. Then what am I? Happy."

11. "I can look anybody square in the eye if they don't sock me square in the chin."

I sincerely hope that you enjoyed learning about the things that Will Rogers never said. Just do me this one favor. Do not spout-off too much of this hub to your friends who do not know that HubPages are, for they might get jealous at YOU knowing so much.

Deal?

PS: did my voice sound enough like Will Rogers to be convincing?





You Have To Be Pretty Famous To Be Memoralized In Statue When You Leave This World

AS "FRANK," A LOVABLE BULLDOG HAS FOUND OUT. "FRANK" LOVED THIS STATUE OF AMERICAN PHILOSOPHER, WILL ROGERS SO MUCH, THAT HE WILLINGLY-POSED FOR THIS PHOTO.
AS "FRANK," A LOVABLE BULLDOG HAS FOUND OUT. "FRANK" LOVED THIS STATUE OF AMERICAN PHILOSOPHER, WILL ROGERS SO MUCH, THAT HE WILLINGLY-POSED FOR THIS PHOTO.

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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Absolutely sounded like him. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Had a college history professor who did his PhD dissertation (sp?) on Will Rogers. My favorite prof!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Smart man! I learned something...


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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

5. "I never met a man that I didn't wonder if he had just got out of jail or not."

the funniest thing i've read since you last hub!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

You and Will are both gifted! Up and funny.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Kathleen,

your prof was a wise, wise man. Rogers was in indirect role model for me. But I never could master the lariat tricks. Maybe in the next life, huh?

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hey, BreakfastPop . . .thank you dear. That was so kind of you to say but I am nowhere near Rogers in the humor or philosophy dept. Hey, did you get the hang of uploading pictures in your hubs? Please let me know. And thanks again for your sweet support.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Shea . . .you, my dear, are way too kind to me, an old broken-down guy who spends way too much time with his PC, but Ill take that any day! Thanks. What would I do without you? Be MORE depressed.

Thanks,

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

ImKarn . . .my Sincere Thanks to YOU for your lovely remark. My impression of Rogers, voice Im talking about, is too rural and not enough confidence. Need practice. Thanks for your pleasurable visit. Come again soon.

Kenneth


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub! You painted a wonderful portrait of the personality of a true legend. I am sure he would approve. Well done!


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Kenneth -- nobody else in the world but you would think of "what Will Rogers Didn't Say" -- you never cease to amaze me. Great Hub and so glad you shared your memories of your Uncle Raymond --my uncle like him was "Uncle Buck" and we all adored him. Definitely an enjoyable read and thanks for the chuckles! Best/Sis


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Entertaining, as usual! I agree with Angela...you never cease to amae me with the things you think to write about. Your writing is superb, my friend!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Tammy,

Thank YOU so much. I appreciate that support. Of the things Will Rogers said and done while in this life, Id love to do rope tricks like he did. This was simply amazing to me. YOU have a grand day, dear Tammy.

"Dont take any wooden dimes."

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Angela and thank you kindly, for your sweet comment. Yes, ma'am those colorful uncles. What would our lives be without them? Boring and dull. That's what. I miss uncle Raymond a lot. Like you miss your uncle Buck. I hope to meet Raymond one day soon and get him to tell me the real reason that he didnt want to remarry.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear catgypsy, your comments humble me. I give my hubs my all when I write and publish them. This one was harder to do than it appears. I actually had to "think." For me that IS hard.

You have a peaceful day, catgypsy! Enjoy the sun.

Kenneth


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

Thanks for sharing your writing and style with us! I enjoyed seeing the photos especially the first one. What a good looking young man. You reflected Will's personality with entertainment for us.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California

I love how you use humor to teach. Good job. Look forward to your next Hub. Voted up and Socially shared.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

. . .Thank YOU, starstream for your sweet comments. I know that I have THE BEST FOLLOWERS IN THE WORLD! Bar none! I will do my best to provide enteraining and sometimes a bit dramatic hub texts that will make for good reading.

Thanks again.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thanks a Lot, Kimberly! IOU Big Time. Thank you sincerely for stopping in and visiting with me. It is always a pleasure to see you.

Have a great day and come back soon.

Kenneth

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