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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/.