November 4th

“This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”

Will Rogers, born 136 years ago today (1879) in Oologah, Oklahoma.

[Foremost factoid about Oklahoma City — its airport is named for a guy who died in a plane crash, Will Rogers.]

Walter Cronkite would be 99 today. And that’s the way it is.

I’ve seen a few celebrities including politicians, met a couple of former presidents, and seen five sitting U.S. presidents, talked to Lady Bird Johnson a few times, had a business meeting in the West Wing, seen Dylan, and Benny Goodman, and Edward G. Robinson, attended a reception with Edward Kennedy present, another with John Glenn mingling, went to a movie premiere with two of the Apollo 13 astronauts.

But I’ve always considered two people I’ve seen in person in a class above all the others.

Earl Warren and Walter Cronkite.