A true American original, Rogers began his career as a trick rope artist in a Wild West show and rose to fame as a vaudeville headliner, a Hollywood movie star, and a syndicated newspaper columnist. With his plainspoken humor and clear-eyed social commentary, he struck a chord with audiences around the world and became the voice of his nation.
“Call me a ‘rube’ and a ‘hick,’” ran a characteristic observation, “but I’d a lot rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.”
Today, the gentle, open spirit of his humor is sadly absent from public discourse, but his sharp commentary still finds its target. “Once a man holds public office,” he often remarked, “he is absolutely no good for honest work.”