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1964 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Gene Autry*

Entertainer, Business and Baseball Executive

"Accept whatever comes, good and bad; whatever it is, just accept it."

Gene Autry, "America's #1 Singing Cowboy," was born in Tioga, Texas, in 1907. His preacher grandfather taught him to sing in the church choir at age five. Later, he arose before dawn to do chores before walking miles to school. At 12, he paid $8 for his first guitar. Later, he became a telegraph operator. By chance, the famous Will Rogers heard him sing and suggested radio, fostering a career that saw appearances in 94 films and 635 songs recorded, including "Back in the Saddle Again" and "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer." Autry was a long-time owner of the California Angels baseball team and served as vice president of the American League until his death in 1998 at the age of 91. He is the only entertainer to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame-one each for radio, recording, motion pictures, television, and live performance.

* Deceased