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194? MAR 20 REC'D HAROLD R. PEAT presents GILBERT GIB SANDEFER Figure The Would-Wide Fellowship Man 'of' Texas The greatest living exponent of fellowship —Abilene Reporter-News Gib Sandefer, American Red Cross representative at General Joseph Stillwell's headquarters in Burma. Another Will Rogers —Salesmanship Club, Dallas, Texas Figure Son, I've met thousands of people in this world, but never met a man I didn't like. This well-known saying of the late Will Rogers has been Gilbert Gib Sandefer's creed of life. Internationally known as the fellowship man of Texas, he has traveled the world over, spreading his homely philosophy of live and let live. In Europe, Asia and the Far East, kings and commoners alike have been invited by Gib to sit down and share a little fellowship. By exchanging ideas and philosophies, by respecting the other man's opinions and individual privilege to believe as he wishes, this genial Texan has devoted his life to becoming neighborly with the other peoples of the world. With a heart as big as all Texas, Gib champions World Fellowship and understanding of the other man's problems and way of life as the only solution to the prevention of future war. He presents his talk not as a great philosopher or scholar, nor as a commentator for a travelogue, but in a folksy style as reminiscent of the late Will Rogers as has appeared on the American scene. Bringing his message humbly to the American lecture platform, Gib speaks as informally as if he were a member of your family circle. Spinning yarns in the vernacular of a Texas cowpuncher, he has thrilled hundreds of audiences both here and abroad with his amusing and down-to-earth delivery. His humorous anecdotes and glib sayings provoke laughter and chuckles and his warm message reaches the heart of every listener. Gib modestly calls himself just a country boy from Texas who would like to sit down with you and have a 'little fellowship'. * DUMAS BRO. GIB * MARYNEAL That Fellowship Man of Texas Barnum at his best… A great showman —The Statesman, New Delhi, India Gib broadcasts at the opening of the All-India radio station in New Delhi, India. Figure Exclusive Management HAROLD R. PEAT, INC. 2 West 45th St., New York 19, N. Y. Phone: MUrray Hill 2-0640 The World-Wide Fellowship Man 'of' Texas GIB SANDEFER—WORLD-CITIZEN The widest ranging educational wildcatter— TIME Magazine An ambassador with a scholarship portfolio in his hand, Gib Sandefer has granted four-year scholarships to the Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, to more than a hundred young students of foreign countries. Believing that only through education can the cycle of recurring wars be broken and with the hope that by learning more about America these students will tighten the bond of world-neighborliness, Gib has handed educational benefits to all, regardless of race, color or creed. General Joseph Stillwell accepted twenty-five scholarships for distribution among his Chinese troops; Gandhi was given ten for his followers, and young people of Britain, Australia, France, Holland, Italy, India, Mexico and Canada have been extended the hand of friendship through Gib's generosity. A country boy from Texas A Western college campus was Gib Sandefer's home as a child. His famous father, Dr. Jefferson Davis Sandefer, was for thirty-one years president of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. As a youth, Gib had the unusual opportunity to meet and know such great personalities of the world as William Jennings Bryan, Will Rogers, John Philip Sousa and Richard Byrd, who were friends of his father and familiar to the household. In his capacity as student concert manager of Hardin-Simmons, Gib brought many distinguished musical artists to the University. Galli-Curci, Schumann-Heink, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ignace Paderewski and Josef Hoffman are a few of the many. Upon graduation from the University in 1927, Gib became assistant to the president, the late Dr. J. D. Sandefer, and manager of the world-famous cowboy band. As Athletic Director for Hardin-Simmons he brought nation-wide attention to the West Texas school. A successful rancher, Gib makes his home in Abilene, Texas. For the boys who needed it most As the affable American Red Cross program director in the China-Burma-India theater of war for almost two years, Gib Sandefer was unofficial chaplain, fun and fund raiser—a little bit of everything that makes the world a nicer place in which to live. In a personal conquest of Burma he took his fellowship right to the end of the Ledo Road for the benefit of our boys and the top hands running this war. They know that there isn't a hunk of dirt over there worth a pewter quarter compared to our old USA, but they're fightin' and dyin' because they feel nothing is too big a price to pay for what we have back here at home. Responsible for the entertainment of our troops, Gib pitched his fellowship tent in North Africa, Italy, Burma, China, Australia, India and New Zealand. Upon his return to the United States he made a forty-two state speaking tour on behalf of the American Red Cross. Being welcomed by Arab Mayor at the crossroads of the world. Gib Sandefer with his twenty-gallon topee and rip snorter. His Excellency Field Marshal the Viscount Wavel, Viceroy and Governor General of India, with Gib at International Tennis Matches in aid of Chinese Medical Relief Fund. Gib with Chinese buddies in the Burma jungle. World Famous Cowstepping Hardin-Simmons Cowboy Band As manager of the Hardin-Simmons University Cowboy Band, Gib developed it into the hit of three continents. With $100 given him by the late Will Rogers to buy some new tunes,Gib launched it on its first triumphant tour of Europe. Through its many appearances in this country and abroad, the Hardin-Simmons Cowboy Band has become the best known university band in the world. Touring more than 500,00 miles in every state in the Union and in twelve different countries, this picturesque group of musicians, clad in the colorful regalia of the great Southwest, carried in music and spirit the tradition of the Texas Cowboy to the far corners of the earth. Appearing before fourteen crowned heads of Europe, the band was also featured at the inaugurals of Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Gib exhibits his rip snorter to members of the 101 Club in New York City. Hardin-Simmons Cowboy Band Gib sells a short-snorter to Mohan Singh and Ralyit Singh for 3000 rupees to benefit Chinese Medical Relief. The late Will Rogers and Dr. J. D. Sandefer, Gib's father. Gib's Rip Snorter Gib exhibits a horse-choking roll of bills from more than thirty nations, which he calls a Rip Snorter. It is known as the longest short snorter in the world, long enough to stretch the length of a football field. In the tradition of the short snorter, this huge roll of paper currency is autographed by leading dignitaries of the world with whom Gib has had a little fellowship. It is signed by such colorful world personalities as Mahatma Gandhi, Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Grantland Rice, Jesse Jones, His Excellency Field Marshal the Viscount Wavell, Viceroy and Governor General of India; Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House; Major General George E. Stratemeyer, General Joseph Stillwell, Bob Hope, S. H. Shen, Commissioner of the Republic of China; Sir Firoz Khan Noon, Joint Representative on India's War Cabinet; Senator Tom Connally, Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee; Madame Sun Fo and hundreds of others.
|Title||Gilbert "GIB" Sandefer: "The world-wide fellowship man of Texas"|
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|Personal Name Subject||Sandefer, Gilbert|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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