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25 May 2006

Fred Rogers I just stumbled across this (via fazed) and wanted to share it with everyone, i know it's old news...but worth watching, enjoy
That was pretty great.
posted by agropyron 25 May | 10:33
Sometimes I think Fred Rogers was the most highly evolved person ever. Excellent link, killyb.
posted by BoringPostcards 25 May | 10:39
thanks, it brought a tear to my eye, he was an amazing man who had a profound effect on soo many people
posted by killyb 25 May | 10:42
Oh that's awesome. As a huge fan of animation, I was first put off by his use of the word "bombardment" to describe what animated shows do, but then I think again about that and am ashamed.
posted by TrishaLynn 25 May | 10:50
Can you say...hero?
posted by ColdChef 25 May | 10:58
I dare you to read this without weeping:

There was a moment at the 1998 Daytime Emmys when Mister Rogers was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom Junod covered the story for Esquire magazine.

"...Mister Rogers went onstage to accept the award -- and there, in front of all the soap opera stars and talk show sinceratrons, in front of all the jutting man-tanned jaws and jutting saltwater bosoms, he made his small bow and said into the microphone: All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are. Ten seconds of silence.

And then he lifted his wrist, looked at the audience, looked at his watch, and said, I'll watch the time. There was, at first, a small whoop from the crowd, a giddy, strangled hiccup of laughter, as people realized that he wasn't kidding, that Mister Rogers was not some convenient eunuch, but rather a man, an authority figure who actually expected them to do what he asked. And so they did. One second, two seconds, three seconds -- and now the jaws clenched, and the bosoms heaved, and the mascara ran, and the tears fell upon the beglittered gathering like rain leaking down a crystal chandelier. And Mister Rogers finally looked up from his watch and said softly, May God be with you to all his vanquished children."
posted by ColdChef 25 May | 11:10
Or this:

On the eve of the announcement that Mister Rogers' Neighborhood would cease production of new episodes, TV Guide interviewed Rogers and led the story with an anecdote. Apparently, Rogers had been driving the same car for years, an old second-hand Impala. Then it was stolen from its parking spot near the WQED studio. Rogers filed a police report, the story was picked up by local news outlets, and general shock swept across town. Within 48 hours the car was back in the spot where he left it, along with a note saying "If we'd known it was yours, we never would have taken it!"
posted by ColdChef 25 May | 11:11
That prose, purple and scrofular, gritty, turgid, and voluptuous, had me crying before Mr. Rogers did. But yeah, he's the man, and I love the idea of soap stars knuckling away childhood tears.
posted by Hugh Janus 25 May | 11:16
There is hope for our society after all.

posted by Doohickie 25 May | 12:03
Sitting here in my office, waiting for the next kid to come in for a session, that was just what I needed to here. Damn. Fred Rogers was a hero and stilldeeply missed.
posted by moonbird 25 May | 12:40
I'd never heard of Fred Rogers until I heard Loudon Wainwright's tribute and he talked about him when introducing the song which prompted me to read more about him. Even though Mr Rogers doesn't have the same resonance for me as I'm sure he does for many, this song always makes me a little sad:
Hank and Fred

Anyway, a great clip and I'm always glad to hear and read more about Fred Rogers - he seems like a true one-off.
posted by dodgygeezer 25 May | 14:04
That was already on metafilter.
posted by delmoi 26 May | 21:26
uh, oh wise one take a look at the time stamp...that user posted it after seeing it here...
posted by killyb 26 May | 21:43
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