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Lindbergh's Flight according to Will Rogers

How To Reward Lindbergh; Ideas From Will Rogers
 
BOSTON, MASS.,  May 24. - There is a hundred and twenty million people in America all ready to tell Lindbergh what to do.  The first thing we want to get into our heads is that this boy is not our usual type of hero that we are used to dealing with.  He is all the others rolled into one and then multiplied by ten, and his case must be treated in a more dignified way.
 In the first place, the Government should reward him handsomely with a life pension and a high position in our Government aviation program.  Second, instead of us paying money to see him on the stage or screen (where he donít belong), take that admission money and make it into a national testimonial that will provide a fund for he and his mother for life.  Let him have his entire time open to assist aviation, then he will be a blessing to us and not a sideshow.
    We donít ask our retiring President to go into vaudeville and we would resent it if they did.  England donít allow their Prince of Wales to go on paid exhibitions.  Well, this lad is our biggest national asset.  He is our Prince and our President combined, and I will personally play benefits for him the rest of my life to keep him from having to make exhibitions out of himself.  We only get one of these in a lifetime.

Yours, one of the hundred million advisors,

      Will Rogers

P.S.-And listen: While waiting to do something to honor Lindbergh, make another contribution to the flood.  That will please him more than anything you could do.  Six hundred thousand are being fed and cared for by the public.  Itís our worst calamity in our lifetime.

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