Will Rogers to
Welcome Ecological Engineers to Oklahoma
Oklahoma・s favorite son, and America・s
favorite humorist of the 1920's and 1930's, will open the annual conference
of the American Ecological Engineers Society on June 3. Will Rogers still
ranks as one of this country・s most universally loved entertainers and
speakers. He is best remembered for saying, ：I never met a man I didn・t
like.； and ：All I know is what I read in the newspaper.；
Even though Will Rogers died in 1935, his
legacy lives on through Randall Reeder. His wit and wisdom are still
current. ：Will Rogers； gives audiences a common sense view of what・s
important in life today.
Will Rogers grew up on a ranch near Oologah and always had a love for the land. During the
Dust Bowl, Will wrote in his syndicated newspaper column, ：It・s a terrible
thing, and it・s going to bring up some (peculiar) cases in the law. If
Colorado blows over and lights on top of Kansas, it looks kinder like
Kansas ought to pay for the extra top soil. But Kansas can sue ．em for
covering up their crops.； On his radio program Will Rogers defended
President Roosevelt when Republicans poked fun at him for wanting to hire
young men and boys to plant rows of trees (windbreaks) across the country.
：They called them ．sapling planters.・ Well, if the sapling planters had
started in about (40 years ago), we・d today be able to see the sun.；
Randall Reeder was on the faculty at Ohio
State University as an Extension Agricultural Engineer, from 1979 to 2011.
He continues to serve as the president of the annual Conservation Tillage
Conference and is president of the Ohio Chapter of the Soil and Water
Conservation Society for 2015. He is a member of the National Speakers
Association and several other organizations.
Randall recently published a book of Will
Rogers・ quotes on agriculture, titled ：Will Rogers: I Never Met a Farmer I
Didn・t Like.； He is completing a book titled, ：The Great Recession of 2008
to 20??； which consists of highlights of his own weekly comments on the
economy, plus related quotes by Will Rogers on the Great Depression.
Additional information on Randall Reader
can be found at http://willrogerstoday.com/.