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September 19, 2012

Halseys to serve as Will Rogers Days Parade Marshals

CLAREMORE — Four days of activities are planned on Nov. 1-4, to celebrate the 133rd birthday of Will Rogers, acclaimed Oklahoma’s Favorite Son, a prolific writer, top movie and stage star, trick roper, radio broadcaster, world-traveler and philanthropist.

Jim Halsey, award-winning music and entertainment promoter, and his wife, Minisa Crumbo Halsey, daughter of renowned American Indian artist Woody Crumbo, will be marshals for the 4 p.m. for the parade on Nov. 3.  It will travel down Will Rogers Boulevard from the Claremore Expo-Recreation parking lot through downtown Claremore.  The parade is organized by Claremore’s Reveille Rotary Club.
Events are slated at both the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore and Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah, where Will was born Nov. 4, 1879 in then Indian Territory. He died Aug. 15, 1935 in an Alaska plane crash.
 “As someone who has had the honor and pleasure of writing about Jim Halsey and his acts for some 30 years, but also co-authoring his two books, I can say unreservedly that he will make a perfect grand marshal for the Will Rogers Days parade this year,” said John Wooley, author and longtime entertainment writer for the Tulsa World.
“During his time on earth Will Rogers brought joy and entertainment to millions of people. He practiced his art on the Broadway stages of New York, the sound stages of Hollywood, and in front of audiences the world over. Into all these situations, he carried the spirit of Oklahoma that he loved.
“Working out of the same state, Jim Halsey created the biggest country-music agency, Tulsa’s Jim Halsey Company. From there, he sent out hundreds of acts to fairs and festivals, clubs and television studios, Las Vegas and Branson, brightening the lives of countless audiences. He was also responsible for one of the best-known goodwill tours of our era. He and his acts, Roy Clark and the Oak Ridge Boys, bravely ventured into the USSR during the height of the Cold War, doing more than their part to help relieve some of the tensions between Russia and America.

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