Nobel Peace for Rogers. Made me smile a bit. : Here are some interesting facts about him, though: He basically saved public television. In 1969 the government w
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Nobel Peace for Rogers

Made me smile a bit

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Here are some interesting facts about him, though:
He basically saved public television. In 1969 the government
wanted to cut public television funds. Mister Rogers then went to
Washington where he gave an amazing merely six minute
speech. By the end of the speech not only did he charm the
hostile Senators, he got them to double the budget they would
have initially cut down. The whole thing can be found on
youtube, a video called "Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US
Senate."
Certain fundamentalist preachers hated him because,
apparently not getting the ''kindest man who ever lived" memo,
they would ask him to denounce homosexuals. Mr. Rogers' s
response? He' d pat the target on the shoulder and say, "God
loves you just as you are." Rogers even belonged to a "More
Light" congregation in Pittsburgh, a part of the Presbyterian
Church dedicated to welcoming LGBT persons to full
participation in the church."
According to a TV Guide piece on him, Fred Rogers drove a
plain old Impala for years. the day, however, the car was stolen
from the street near the TV station. When Rogers filed a police
report, the story was picked up by every newspaper, radio and
media outlet around town. Amazingly, within 48 hours the car
was left in the exact spot where it was taken from, with an
apology on the dashboard. It read, " we' d known it was yours,
we never would have taken it."
C) nce, on a fancy trip up to a PBS ’ s house, he heard the
limo driver was going to wait outside for 2 hours, so he insisted
the driver come in and join them (which flustered the host). Do
the way back, Rogers sat up front, and when he learned that
they were passing the driver' s home on the way, he asked if they
could stop in to meet his family. According to the driver, it was
one of the best nights of his house supposedly lit up
when Rogers arrived, and he played jazz piano and bantered
with them late into the night. Further, like with the reporters,
Rogers sent him notes and kept in touch with the driver for the
rest of his life.
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#12 - schmuxy (05/25/2013) [+] (8 replies)
Plus he won the Ultimate Showdown.
#4 - xxxsonic fanxxx (05/25/2013) [+] (3 replies)
As much as I will deny/mock/make fun of this show in public, it is all a front to maintain an air of 'fitting in' with my social group. It kills me a little inside each time I do.

This man shaped my childhood in more ways than I can explain, and it saddens me still to this day to know he is gone. Mr. Rogers was a show that I would still get up and watch early in the morning up until the age of nine, and even though I did not watch the show after this, I still held an air of respect for the man.

In the later years of my childhood/teens, upon discovering more about this wonderful man, I admired him more than I did when younger. Then, nearing adulthood, his death came as a shock to me, and I cried.

Reading this account brings back so much of that respect for the man who made my childhood fun.

Rest in Peace Mr. Rogers. You will always be loved, and never forgotten.
#5 - nightmaren (05/25/2013) [-]
What a legend.
What a legend.
#45 - alucord (05/25/2013) [-]
My desktop.

Motivates me everyday
#74 - tiguiggu (05/25/2013) [-]
I definitely remember growing up to Mister Rogers. I was very sad when he passed away.
#26 - azusa (05/25/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Some of us didn't grow up to be the kind of person Mr. Rogers wanted us to be
User avatar #3 - kingpaimon (05/24/2013) [-]
Here is the link to "mr. rogers defends pbs" if anyone wants it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q
#52 - ehzio (05/25/2013) [-]
There's a new 3d animated show on PBS kids that tries to copy Mister Rogers Neighborhood by inputting characters from his shows into theirs through animation. It's not the same...
There's a new 3d animated show on PBS kids that tries to copy Mister Rogers Neighborhood by inputting characters from his shows into theirs through animation. It's not the same...
#22 - brenton (05/25/2013) [+] (1 reply)
And then he teaches kids this.   
   
But actually, it was just a song about the name of each finger. He waved around every one. I'm impressed that he was able to do this without letting on that it's a bad thing to do, because knowing children, they would remember that moment as a way to rebel if he had pointed it out.
And then he teaches kids this.

But actually, it was just a song about the name of each finger. He waved around every one. I'm impressed that he was able to do this without letting on that it's a bad thing to do, because knowing children, they would remember that moment as a way to rebel if he had pointed it out.
User avatar #72 - warrking (05/25/2013) [-]
Congratulations. You got me to log in (something I rarely do) to make sure I could Thumb you up. I watched that YouTube video... and had a tear in my eye.
User avatar #34 - turbodoosh (05/25/2013) [-]
This needs to be seen. It gave me chills:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFzXaFbxDcM
User avatar #17 - mystifizinski (05/25/2013) [-]
i dont know who mr rogers is, but he sounds like a nice man.
User avatar #9 - Psychotic (05/25/2013) [+] (2 replies)
As for the title, I agree that Mr. Rogers needs to be memorialized in a big way, but the nobel prizes are never awarded posthumously
User avatar #57 - mythichyphen (05/25/2013) [+] (6 replies)
We don't get whatever show Mr. Rogers was on in Ireland, can someone explain why he's such a nice guy?
User avatar #59 to #57 - Jewssassin (05/25/2013) [-]
Because he just was.
User avatar #83 - seuss ONLINE (05/25/2013) [-]
I had the pleasure of meeting this man once. There is a television syndication conference every year in New Orleans that falls near my birthday, and my dad was a television syndicator for a number of years. We all had to go to the conference one year, for some reason, I don't remember why, I was about six years old. We were walking through the train station and I saw Mr Rogers in a suit talking with some other well dressed men, so i tugged on my dad's sleeve and pointed it out to him. He asked me if I wanted to meet him, and of course I was really shy blah blah blah, my dad went over and talked to him, and he came over, shook my hand, and gave me a talk about how not everything on tv is real. I already knew it, but like hearing that santa claus isn't real, It kinda killed me inside.


TL;DR mr rogers is a pretty cool guy, and today is my dad's birthday
#77 - uzzwick (05/25/2013) [-]
I read ''He basically shaved pubic television''...
User avatar #62 - Jewssassin (05/25/2013) [-]
I never watched Mr. Rogers as a kid, and watching that video of him talking to senate makes me feel sad that I missed out.
User avatar #31 - onceman ONLINE (05/25/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Mr. Rogers would have told the car thieves that he shouldn't have a special immunity, and that you shouldn't steal anybody's car regardless of who they are.
User avatar #30 - nukastuka (05/25/2013) [+] (4 replies)
I dont know it it's true or not. But I heard he was a vietnam war vet, and the reason he always wore the sweaters is because He has sleeve tattoos on both arms
#2 - wiinor (05/24/2013) [-]
such a good man
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