Gamble Rogers is a name that graces a recreation area nestled between the Atlantic ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, and there is a good reason why. The name and the man meant a great deal to folks from the area. He was a local. He was a musician, a story teller, and as some of his friends said, “He had the gift of innocence, and a fondness for the key of ‘E’. He was a father and husband and a man we lost too soon. In 1991he died a hero when he swam out into rough surf to try and save a drowning man.
Gamble Rogers was awarded the Kiwanis Award for bravery, the Carnegie Award for heroism, induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, and the NSA Lifetime Achievement Award (2001).
The kind of man he was is summed up in the name of one of his albums, “The Lord Gives Me Grace And The Devil Gives Me Style.”
The lovely stretch of land that shares his name treats visitors to camping, boating, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, birding, fishing and beach fun.
There is a website dedicated to Gamble and his legacy. Here is the link if you'd like to check it out.
Here is a video of Gamble performing.
Here is a SHORT FILM about Gamble Rogers Memorial Recreation Area, Flagler Beach.
If I haven't said it before, I love that you're focusing on Florida, Lisa!ReplyDelete
I've lived in Viera/Melbourne (3 years) and Key Weird, er, West (2 years) so FLA is dear to my heart :)
I've never heard of Gamble Rogers, but wow... I agree, what a shame he died so long ago... and I hope the person he saved still remembers - and appreciates what was sacrificed on his behalf...
He sounds like a special person, and the awards very deserving.ReplyDelete
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He sounds like he would have been a great person to know. I'm glad his memory lives on.ReplyDelete
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Just finished reading another's blog of 'G for guitar'. Never heard of Gamble Rogers so thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
What a touching story! These are the people we seldom hear about, whose lives are worth remembering.ReplyDelete
Nice guy seems as people enjoyed his contributions... nice tribute you shared. Welcome in the letter "G"... thank you!ReplyDelete
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It makes me wonder how I would react in such a dire situation. He sounds like an incredible person.ReplyDelete
Hi Lisa - what a great park to know about, but more importantly how lovely that a Park was created for his memory - he obviously deserves to be remembered ... I have to say it's a place I'd like to visit .. cheers HilaryReplyDelete
I like the name of his album!ReplyDelete
What a special guy! So glad he is being honored. Such a smooth southern sound too.ReplyDelete
"He had the gift of innocence, and a fondness for the key of ‘E’" is a great line.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great man what a sad way to die - I too had never heard of him or the park.ReplyDelete
I am thoroughly enjoying your tour of Florida.ReplyDelete
Style from one source--Grace from another. Very nice, indeed.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great tribute to have a recreational area that appeals to families. Must have been a great guy.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful tribute to such a soulful man! Thank you for teaching me about him.ReplyDelete
I wonder if people who swim out to save people drown more often than the rescue them. I knew someone this happened to also.ReplyDelete
This is why I need to become a stronger swimmer. Just in case there is a life a save.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing. I had never heard of him and he must have been a wonderful person.ReplyDelete
Never heard of Gamble Rogers so thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I've never heard of him or the place. It sounds like he touched a lot of lives, though.ReplyDelete