Thursday, February 27, 2003

He really was the best neighbor

What can I say that everyone isn't already saying? Mr. Rogers was a second father to almost every North American under about 40, and in some cases he was the only substitute for a father some kids ever had. We were talking just last week about how hard it would be on people when someday he passed away, and we were right, it's as upsetting as we thought it would be, apparently to the whole country. But instead of reading any more people's thoughts on his death, I'd like it if everyone went and celebrated his life instead, by visiting his own non-profit company, Family Communications, where you can read tons of info, and even buy excellently made toys and puppets (yes, puppets!) of the Neighborhood characters; or PBS' own Mr. Roger's site, which has a fantastic gallery of moments from Fred Roger's life, including video clips.

And did you know that there's a touring children's museum exhibit? Or a life-size Neighborhood? (We'd hoped to go there on our way to or from Pittsburgh if we had kept going to the con there.)

Mr. Rogers, may you stay on television forever.


  1. Sarah...thanks for the links. It's a sad day. I, too, hope they never take his show off the air.

  2. Wonder if Henrietta Pussycat will speak at the eulogy.
    "Meow meow meow meow Fred meow meow meow meow 1962, meow meow meow meow meow sweetheart meow meow meow too soon."

  3. I think that's all the eulogy he needs, right there..^_^

  4. Mr. Rogers was cool. He never
    had the "holier than thou"
    attitude that Capt. Kangaroo
    The little blurb on Netscape
    mentioned how he was on the side
    of the punkers and headbangers,
    saying that while he didn't listen
    to the music he respected what they
    did and thought that it was a great
    channel for aggression and anger.

  5. Was Captain Kangaroo like that? If I ever saw him I don't remember it...
    But yeah, Mr. Rogers was on everyone's side, it seemed like. If only everyone could be that open-minded and well-balanced.

  6. Captain Kangaroo if I remember
    right was/is a member of the
    PTC or whatever that organization
    is called. He spoke out against
    something but I can't remember
    if it was Teletubbies or rap.


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