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Will Rogers

American Cowboy Humorist

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Will Rogers, the irreverent cowboy of Cherokee descent, was born on a large ranch in 1879. Taught roping technique and tricks at an early age, Rogers is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as throwing three lassoes at one time, each roping a different target.

Rogers' skills earned him time (and money) on vaudeville stages as well as rodeoes. On stage he began making small-time jokes and adding down-home philosophy about the American culture while doing his tricks, to which his audiences warmed.

His career blossomed into the radio broadcasting business and the Big Screen, making over 70 movies in the '20s and '30s. In addition, he authored six books. His pragmatic opinions were sought by world leaders as he showed his genuine love and respect for humanity and all people everywhere.

Tragically, Rogers lost his life while flying to Alaska with Wiley Post in 1935.