Doug Watson - Will Rogers
Doug Watson is Emeritus Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he taught poetry, American literature, Western and world civilization, children's literature, classical literature, and composition from 1980 until May 2007. During the 1988-89 school year, he was a Fulbright lecturer in Nigeria, West Africa. In 2010, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.
Doug has been involved in historical characterization since 1991, traveling with the Great Plains Chautauqua as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Stephen Crane from 1991-97. He has performed his Will Rogers program nearly a thousand times around the United States since 1997-in schools, theaters, libraries, retirement centers, and numerous Chautauqua venues.
Doug has also done a number of other humanities programs, including many "Let's Talk A bout It" book discussions and several family book discussions series.
From 2006 through 2014, Doug worked for the Will Rogers Memorial Museums, presenting information and in-character programs in more than three hundred schools in and beyond Oklahoma.
Born and reared in the Texas panhandle, Doug attended Baylor, West Texas State (now A&M), Middlebury College, and Texas Tech. His wife, Kay, is a retired public school English teacher. They have a daughter and three grandchildren.
Doug enjoys reading, gardening, and grand-fathering, but he'd almost always prefer to be on the golf course.