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In Their Own Words

July 14, 1930

Will Rogers Letter on Bobby Jones

In recognition of Bobby Jones’ triumphant return to Atlanta on this day after winning the “grand slam” of golf, famed humorist Will Rogers wrote the editor of the Atlanta Journal from his home in Santa Monica, Calif.:

“Atlanta no more than gets cleaned up from one bobby Jones celebration till another comes along. You can easily exist in Atlanta by eating only at Jones testimonial dinner. If all Jones banquet speakers were laid end to end, it would make a fairway with a 287 par. So find a spot on Stone Mountain for Bobby. Had he lived in the days of Jeff Davis, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, he would have done to Grant and Sherman what he did to Hagen, Diegel and Sarazen. And just think, ten years ago all Atlanta had was Coca-Cola.”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. II, pp. 881-882.