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    Advice from the best, Will Rogers in the 1930s

    The Wisdom of Will Rogers:

    Will Rogers and Wiley Post were killed on takeoff on a small lake just west of Barrow, Alaska where I lived for several years. They were on a good will around the world trip at the time. According to friends of mine at the departure site, it appeared the aircraft might have been too heavy to lift off on the short lake and the floats hit the vertical raise at the end of the lake. Picture what happens when floats stop and the airframe continues on. Enough said. Comments about the flight that took the remains out are posted elsewhere. Joe Crossum (who flew for us at one point) was the captain of that flight and I believe I posted a photo of that aircraft thanks to one of my readers that sent it to me.
    A monument was built on site in their honor from stones sent from Oklahoma and truly a tribute to such two great men known world wide at the time.

    Will's thoughts?

    Don't squat with your spurs on.

    Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of
    that comes from bad judgment.

    Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier
    'n puttin' it back in.

    If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back
    every now and then to make sure it's still there.

    If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some
    influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

    After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt
    so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came
    along and shot him...
    The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

    Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

    There's two theories to arguin' with a woman.
    Neither one works.
    (that one is for Christina and Anna [ernie])

    If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to
    do is stop diggin'.

    Never slap a man who's chewin' tobacco.

    It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of

    Always drink upstream from the herd.

    When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a
    person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.

    When you're throwin' your weight around, be ready to
    have it thrown around by somebody else.

    The quickest way to double your money is to fold it
    over and put it back in your pocket.

    Never miss a good chance to shut up.

    There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by
    reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have
    to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

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    Just be glad, you ain't getten all the government your paying for.

    The art of BUREAUCRACY, is makeing the possible; IMpossible.

    I'm a big fan of Rogers.

    We need him today more than ever.

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    . . . my favorite:

    "It was so windy where I come from, why, if you opened your mouth, your pants'd fly off!"

    This applies to many places - here in Tin City, frinstance. . .

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    Hey guys and gals, if you remember from print about the comments and knowledge of Will Rogers, please jump in and share them with us. I know for a fact that every time he turned around he had something important to say about the world.

    I have such respect for Will and his knowledge of life. Today, if we had such a person in our government, our world would be far better off today.
    I will try and find a photo of that memorial erected at Barrow. Granted they made a mistake on takeoff but didn't all of us at some time?

    A very interesting reader had some very good comments about that last flight and maybe he would like to post them again along with his photos.

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