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Michael Johnson, Cowboy Poetry Collection,
1 folder
Location: 0142, Box 1, Folder 10
Accession #: 2002.090


Johnson is a humorist, author and international motivational speaker, but also a former professional rodeo cowboy, a former university professor, and has worked in upper level management in industry. This small collection includes a publicity packet.


Michael Johnson was a former rodeo cowboy, industrial psychologist, university professor, and author of numerous books. Books published include The Most Special Person, Susie, The Whispering Horse, Cowboys and Angels, and Tad Pole and Dr. Frog. He has also written columns in the National Rural Water Magazine, The Roping Pen, Friends of Rodeo, Northeast Rodeo Times, The Connector, Jim Fay’s Love & Logic Journal, and National Public Radio.

Michael Johnson is a humorist, author, and international motivational speaker. After high school, he tried his hand at the rodeo circuit. One night he found himself hundreds of miles from home and dead broke. He lay awake that night worrying that if he did not win the next day’s calf roping he would have no money to feed himself and no money to feed his horse. The next day what he had feared came true. He did not place in the calf roping and he had absolutely no money in his pocket. “It took me missing that loop and not having enough money to feed my best friend to make me realize that there was another way to go,” he says. And he adds, “Thank God for teachers.” He went to college and with the help of some exceptional educators, graduated. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Texas A & M University.

Michael Johnson is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Oklahoma Speakers Association. He is a member of the board of the OSA. He writes a regular column in five monthly publications, including the magazine published by the National Rural Water Association. He is the author of four books: The Most Special PersonCowboys and AngelsSusie, The Whispering Horse, and Tad Pole and Dr. Frog.

Dr. Michael Johnson is a former professional rodeo cowboy, a former university professor, and has worked in upper level management in industry. Michael Johnson has been a feature speaker/performer at Disney World; at the National Rural Water convention in Albuquerque, NM; at the Oklahoma Family Physicians convention; at the National Livestock Producers convention in Omaha, NE; at the Ft. Worth Stock Show; at the National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock, Texas; and at Jim Fay’s Summer Love & Logic Institute in Golden, CO., just to name a few.

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This collection consists of a single series called Publicity Packet. It includes an advertising bookmark, postcard, 11 pages of publicity materials, a copy of The Roping Pen from March 2002, and a publicity folder.

Personal Names:
Johnson, Michael

Subject Headings:

This collection was accessioned in 2002 and filed along with other small cowboy poetry collections. Archivist Laura Anne Heller created the current finding aid on July 14, 2009.

The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

Michael Johnson Cowboy Poetry Collection, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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