Michael Wallis, voice of the sheriff in Pixar’s movie Cars, will be parade marshal for Will Rogers Birthday Bash 2018.
The parade will be 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, followed by the Birthday Bash at the Claremore Museum of History and Gazebo Park in downtown Claremore. We will be “Celebrating Movies” in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Will Rogers’ first movie.
Wallis’ distinctive bass voice has made him recognized nationwide. He is also a distinguished author and reporter, historian and biographer of the American West, and especially Route 66. His Route 66: The Mother Road about the historic highway once known as Will Rogers Highway, is a trip down memory lane along that road.
He has written about the 101 Ranch, Chief Wilma Mankiller and Pretty Boy Floyd and has been published in national and international magazines and newspapers.
He earned the Will Rogers Spirit Award, an award of the Will Rogers Rotary Club of Tulsa; and the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall & Western Heritage Museum.
Wallis’ list of honors also includes Writers Hall of Fame of America and Oklahoma Professional Writer’s Hall of Fame as well as Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Route 66 Hall of Fame. He received the Lynn Riggs Award and the first John Steinbeck Award.
Wallis also recorded the Enhanced Tour at the Memorial. Visitors can use their mobile device and have an audio tour and see additional images at various locations throughout the Museum.
Everyone is encouraged to decorate their business with their favorite movie and dress as their favorite movie character on Friday to help celebrate.
(Editor’s note: Visit willrogers.com for additional details on the Birthday Bash Nov. 1-4. Updates will be posted as plans are completed.)