Saturday, two days to go before we are home!
Today we visit the Will Rogers Museum in Cleremore, Oklahoma. I had heard many of his "sayings" and references to him, but didn't realize how long ago this man had lived, and what an interesting life! We started off with our museum guide who you could tell, was very enthusiastic about his subject! We then watched a movie starring Will Rogers.
Will was born in 1879 to a prominent Cherokee family in Indian Territory (which later became Oklahoma).
He started as a roper and entertained many with his rope tricks. He always said his best trick was when he "caught" his wife! Working mostly with wild west shows, his fame spread.
He appeared in Vaudeville and the Zigfield Follies. During his rope tricks, he would make some commentary to keep the audience entertained and his wife told him to keep it in the act. He was a natural in the movies, and worked with the likes of Charlie Chaplin and W.C. Fields. When the movies became "talkies" Will was a natural.
Known as "Oklahoma's Favorite Son", Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"), wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns, and became a world-famous figure. By the mid-1930s, the American people adored Rogers. He was the leading political wit of the Progressive Era, and was the top-paid Hollywood movie star at the time. Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed in Alaska." (Wikipedia)
|Final resting place|
There were many movie clips throughout the museum, newspaper clippings and such. It was very interesting to see some of the telegrams his wife had received upon his death from Hollywood as well as political dignitaries!
This was by far the most interesting stop! I bought a book of his pundits. Many apply today as well as they did in the 30's.
We stopped and continued on home on Sunday and got home early!
We mostly enjoyed this trip, however Jim and I agreed that we would never go on this long of a bus ride again. It is so nice to have the hotels, restaurants, and museums set up and paid for, but the ride is intense for me, and I did not feel the best.