“I never met a man I didn’t like”

Will Rogers is one of those historic figures, that I refer to as, on the fringe.   You know the name, he’s big enough that he’s in Walt Disney World’s “America” show in EPCOT, but you’re just not quite sure why.   I’ve always felt  I should know more about him, given his importance in American culture, but never really took the time.  Tonight, (August 23), at 9pm,  WOSU TV will  present WILL ROGERS AND AMERICAN POLITICS.  The documentary gives us an inside look at Rogers and his impact on the American political scene at the time.

Will Rogers never graduated from High School, he grew up on a ranch and was a master with the lasso. He actually made it in the Guiness Book of World Records for throwing three lassos at once.  He traveled the world with the circus, preforming rope tricks as “The Cherokee Kid”.  From there he moved onto the vaudeville stage, spending some time with the famous Ziegfeld Follies.

Eventually he developed his own unique style of humor, actually it’s my favorite kind.  Observing  the people and life around you, and just commenting on what you see in an intelligent and amusing way.  Will Rogers did this with simple language that spoke to everyone and in his time, like today, the government was a hot topic.  He became a prominent radio broadcaster and political commentator. He called politics “the best show in the world” and described Congress as the “national joke factory.”  Something tells me  his humor would be pretty popular in today’s political climate.

Will Rogers early death in a plane crash silenced a voice that was much needed.  I wonder if I would have known more about him if he had been around a little longer.  I enjoyed getting to know more about Will Rogers in this documentary and I hope you will too.


Tuesday, August 23, 9pm on WOSU TV and Wednesday, August 24, 9pm on WOSU PLUS.