Friday, April 21, 2017

R is for Mr Rogers

R is for Mr Rogers
Mr Rogers in my opinion deserves much more then a measly Blog post by me. He was a great man who decided he hated TV and wanted to change it.
"I got into television because I saw people throwing pies at each other's faces, and that to me was such demeaning behavior. And if there's anything that bothers me, it's one person demeaning another," he confessed to Amy Hollingsworth, author of "The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers." "That really makes me mad!"
He was one of those Nice People (see my N post). He was the same off screen as he was on screen and genuinely cared about people and children. He once said:
"One of the greatest gifts you can give anybody is the gift of your honest self. I also believe that the kids can spot a phony a mile away."
He wore only sweaters hand knit by his mother,
He was married to the same women for 47 years
He was a vegetarian.
He once met a gorilla who loved to watch his show and took off his shoes. Koko the gorilla.
He spoke out loud every time he fed his fish because he knew of a blind girl who watched his show that was worried he didn't feed the fish.
He taught us about kindness and about admitting we were wrong from King Friday in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
He was proud of all of us, even though he didn't know us.
My Favorite thing ever.

2 comments:

Sharon Cathcart said...

I have loved Fred Rogers since I was a child. He was one of those genuinely good people.

When he passed, a friend shared a story from his own life. This friend's mother was coming to the end of her battle with a long illness. He called his mom to let her know he was coming to see her, but it wasn't his mother who answered the phone. My friend said he recognized the voice immediately; Fred Rogers was a member of his mother's church congregation and was there at the house helping the family in any way he could. He said that when he got to his mother's home in time to say goodbye and be there for the funeral, Fred Rogers was one of the people who was constantly there to do whatever he could, humbly and kindly. In other words, just the way you'd expect Mister Rogers to be.

It was a story that has stuck with me ever since.

Sharon E. Cathcart
Award-winning Author of Fiction Featuring Atypical Characters
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Aidyl Ewoh said...

I didn't watch a lot of TV or movies growing up, but I did watch Mr. Rogers from time to time. I remember him being kind and laid-back. That's pretty neat about talking when he fed his fish!

Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. You can see my "R" post here: https://lydiahowe.com/2017/04/21/r-is-for-raquel-atozchallenge/