“Filosofo cowboy” Will Rogers era un artista di vaudeville, editorialista di giornali, Protagonista di Hollywood e uno degli americani più famosi della sua epoca.
Daring aviator and air travel pioneer Wiley Post was the first person to fly solo around the world; he was an innovator in high-altitude flying and pioneer of instrumentation flying.
Il Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, is named in their honor.
Rogers was arguably America’s original multimedia star, according to the website of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum & Birthplace Ranch in Claremore, Okla.
“Will Rogers was the no. 1 radio personality, he was no. 1 at the movie box office, he was the nation’s no. 1 most sought after public speaker [e] he was the no. 1 most-read newspaper columnist,” the site states.
“He wrote books, traveled the world and gave liberally to charities around the world.”
Rogers had a gift for skewering the political elite with his folksy aphorisms befitting his rural Okie upbringing.
“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts,” he said in one of his most oft-repeated quips.
“A fool and his money are soon elected,” Rogers also said.
Post flew around the world twice. He first circumnavigated the globe piloting the Winnie Mae in eight days in 1931 accompanied by navigator Harold Gatty.
The achievement made Post a national celebrity.
His record solo voyage around the world in 1933, also aboard the Winnie Mae, covered nearly 16,000 miles and took just seven days, 18 ore e 49 minuti.
“On this flight he proved the value of navigational instruments, including the automatic pilot,” reports Britannica of the achievement.
“He later went on to establish altitude records, wearing a pressure suit of his own design to survive the high-altitude conditions.”
Both Rogers and Post were mourned in front-page headlines around the nation following their dramatic deaths.
Rogers enjoyed a rather unique ascension into the national consciousness.
A globe-trotting trick roper as a young man, he worked shows demonstrating his skills as far away as South Arica and Australia.
He was at a horse expo al Madison Square Garden nel 1905 when a runaway bull tried to race into the stands. Rogers roped and restrained the bull, gaining significant national publicity for his heroics.