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Born November 6, 1936, in Lincoln, ROGER WELSCH is a humorist, folklorist, and essayist. He is the author of many books, including From Tinkering to Torquing: A Beginner's Guide to Tractors and Tools; Love, Sex, and Tractors; Touching the Fire: Buffalo Dancers, the Sky Bundle, and Other Tales; It's not the End of the World, But You Can See It From Here; Busted Tractors and Rusty Knuck; Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them; Diggin' In and Piggin' Out; and his most recent, A Life with Dogs. In addition to his books and scholarly publications, his work has appeared in Natural History Magazine, Readers Digest, Esquire Gentleman, Successful Farming, and elsewhere. He is a past recipient of the Mari Sandoz Award and the 1996 Man of the Year In Service to Nebraska Agriculture. His "Postcard from Nebraska" is a bi-weekly feature on CBS's Sunday Morning. He is also the host of "Roger &..." on Nebraska Public Television. He was educated at the University of Nebraska (BA, 1958, MA, 1960), the University of Colorado (1962), and Indiana University (1963-64). He has taught at Dana College, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and Nebraska Wesleyan University. Starting in 1974, he was a field operative for Smithsonian Institution, lecturing on folklore and conducting programs on folklore and folk music. He lives on a small tree farm outside Dannebrog with his wife, Linda and daughter, Antonia. In 1967, he was adopted ionto the Omaha Tribe and maintains strong ties to the tribe and to the Native American Church. In 1995, he was designated a Tribal Friend by the Pawnee.

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