Thursday, July 2, 2015

It's You I Like

In 1969, Richard Nixon proposed cutting the funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from $20 million to $10 million. One man was very influential in preventing that.  

"If we . . .  can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service."

In addition, the Supreme Court in 1984 heard a lawsuit that would make home-recording technology illegal.  Mister Rogers testified that he wanted his shows recorded so parents and children had the opportunity to watch them together. The Supreme 

Court cited Rogers' comments in their ruling: "He testified that he had absolutely no objection to home taping for noncommercial use and expressed the opinion that it is a real service to families to be able to record children's programs and to show them at appropriate times."

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood is the longest running program on PBS recording 998 episodes. 

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say "It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem." Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”

After Fred earning a bachelor's degree he worked an assistant producer for several of the music-variety type programs. 

Fred's mom knitted a sweater for him every year for Christmas. He donated a red cardigan to the Smithsonian and chose that particular sweater because the color wasn't good on camera. He changed his shoes because the loafers made too much noise on the floor.

"When I was a boy I used to think that strong meant having big muscles, great physical power; but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is not seen. Real strength has to do with helping others." 

As a boy, he spent most of his free time with his grandfather. Mr. McFeely is named after his grandfather. 

When Mister Roger's fed the fish, he described what he was doing because the parents of a blind girl said she couldn't tell when he was feeding them. 

Michael Keaton was the original operator of Picture, Picture and the Trolley. 

"A world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile." 

A Louisiana State University professor of finances blamed Mister Rogers for creating a  generation of entitled, spoiled students. (I think that might be just a little misguided.) 

Koko the gorilla was a fan of Mister Rogers. When she got to meet him she hugged him and then took his shoes off. 

Burger King ran a commercial with a parody in 1984. Mister Rogers asked them to stop. They pulled the $150,000 ad after it had played only a few times. "Mr. Rogers is one guy you don't want to mess with ... hopefully now we have peace in the neighborhood." 

Mister Rogers recorded a message to those who grew up watching "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. It aired on PBS to mark the one year anniversary of 9/11, about five months before he died.

The Fred Rogers Company at has several projects including Daniel Tigers' Neighborhood. 

“There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind.”

My sister and I got to see Mister Rogers and it was the most excited I have ever been to see a celebrity. We gave him (a Presbyterian minister) a Book of Mormon and he sent my mom a thank you card. A true gentleman.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” 

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