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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Wait! It's not over! - The Will Rogers Museum.

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.
 
 
"William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an Native American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor. He was one of the world's most famous stars in the 1920s and 1930s.
Known as "Oklahoma's Favorite Son",[1] 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"),[2] wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns,[3] 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.[4]" (Wikipedia)



Final resting place

The museum.

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.

 
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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.
 
 


3 comments:

Gill - That British Woman said...

he was indeed an interesting character. I did not know he was of Indian decent. Thank you for sharing......

NanaDiana said...

I am sorry that you were uncomfortable for so long...but you sure did see, and enjoy, a lot of historical things. You can do it again maybe---just on a shorter schedule.

Will Rogers sure is an American icon, isn't he?

Hope you have a great week, Deb.

Linda said...

Fascinating post and tour. Thanks so much for sharing, deb, and I am sorry to hear that you were uncomfortable for a long period. Great post, thank you so much for sharing.