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Happy! – Jan 31 (Gamble Rogers)

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Abby Sale 31 Jan 06 - 09:15 AM
Mark Ross 31 Jan 06 - 11:32 AM
Arkie 31 Jan 06 - 12:35 PM
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Subject: Happy! – Jan 31 (Gamble Rogers)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 31 Jan 06 - 09:15 AM

Happy Birthday!

Gamble Rogers

was born

(died a hero 10/10/1991, qv)

An early member of the Serendipity Singers, but mostly, he performed alone with just a guitar.
He was best known as a story teller and humorist. His stories were set in the fictional rural Florida town of Snipes Ford
"...where the Rabbi's name is Bubba, and the Baptist Church has its own S.W.A.T. team."


· Life is what happens to you while you're making other plans

· Sorriness is a prime virtue. Sorry is as sorry does.

· Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you really wanted.

· Never blame a man for being human unless he makes a habit of it.

· It's always easier to get forgiveness than it is to get permission.

· An expert is an ordinary man away from home.

· When your work speaks for itself don't interrupt.

· Right of way is considered a function of mass times velocity.

· Never talk metric to decent folk.

· Regarding astrology, if you treat everybody the same way, the stars will take care of themselves.

· There ain't nothing wrong with materialism as long as you have an emotional involvement with the material object.

· Let them that don't want none have memories of not gettin' any.

· In the final analysis, the size of one's funeral is always determined by the weather.

Copyright © 2005, Abby Sale - all rights reserved
What are Happy's all about? See Clicky

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Subject: RE: Happy! – Jan 31 (Gamble Rogers)
From: Mark Ross
Date: 31 Jan 06 - 11:32 AM

The last time I saw Gamble, I was opening for him at the Earl in Chicago. We'd known each other for 10 years or so, and it was always a great pleasure to hang with such a sage, courtly gentleman. The Earl was a 4'o'clock bar, and on Saturday night they could stay open an extra hour. That meant that there was a 3rd show on that night. The sun would be coming up by the time you got out of there, and Gamble and I walked up to the coffeshop a the hotel on the corner for breakfast. I can still remember, we were talking about modes of travel, and Gamble laid down his fork, looked me straight in the eye and pronounced in that delightful Florida drawl, "Mark, the train is the most civilized method of travel man has ever devised!"

By the way, I hear that his daughter lives here in Eugene, Oregon, where I live these days. Anyone out there in 'Cat land know how to get in touch with her?

Mark Ross

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Subject: RE: Happy! – Jan 31 (Gamble Rogers)
From: Arkie
Date: 31 Jan 06 - 12:35 PM

I stumbled upon Gamble Rogers having gone to Chicago to celebrate a friends' graduation from college. I talked her into spending an evening at the Earl of Old Town and left with a lifelong appreciation of Roger's songs, guitar picking, and his stories. An immense talent and wonderful entertainer. Abby, thanks for the remembrance.

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