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How sad...




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Mr. Rogers died?

*sigh* Well, there goes MY day. Incredibly sad.







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If this isn't an excuse for a bereavement day, I don't know what is.



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That dude was right up there with New Zoo Revue, Sesame Street, and Laffalympics...

(edited by jfkfc on 27.2.03 0918)


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Countless generations mourn this day for Mr. Rogers. I know I do. And it's so sad, because nowadays, no other TV personality or TV show attempts to reach out to children in the very frank, honest, and caring manner the way Mr. Rogers did. This makes me very, very sad.

I'm almost 24 years old, and I can still vividly remember Mr. Rogers' Land of Makebelieve, King Friday, Daniel the Tiger, and Lady Elaine Fairchild. I can remember how, as Mr. Rogers would take us along to visit the Crayola factory, or a music store, or would allow us to partake in the feeding of his goldfish. And on top of that, and I really do mean this, but when Mr. Rogers would take off his suit jacket and oxfords and replace them with his sweater and sneakers, he pulled away any veneer of formality and aloofness, and let us all know that he was on our level, and wanted to identify with us. And he did.

I found out about this only moments ago. In lieu of all that's going on news-wise, I hope that the news outlets today will not overlook the passing of this truly good man.

Geez.







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I met him, you know. He filmed the show in Pittsburgh, his hometown, and seemed to be genuinely unaware that he was famous. I talked to him for a few minutes, told him how much the show meant to me when I was a kid, and I've gotta tell you, what you see is what you get with Mr. Rogers. He was the exact same person on the street that day as he was on the television.

He was one of the few genuinely good people on this planet, and his passing leaves a hole that cannot be filled.



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Wow this one really hits home for me. I just lost my Dad very suddenly 3 weeks ago. When I was a kid Mr. Rogers was always coming on when Dad would get home and he would always watch it with me. He did the best Speedy Delivery guy impression I have ever heard.

What a crappy month this has been with the fires, earthquakes, more fires, and now one of my childhood icons dies. Makes you wonder sometimes.



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I whole-heartedly agree with everything said by RKMtwin.

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The unfortunate thing is that there will probably never be another like him. Today if someone acts like he does, people get the wrond idea just by nature, which is unfortunate...

Thanks for all the years Mr Rogers...



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Mr. Perfect and now Mr. Rogers. Two of my heroes are dead, and I'm feeling old.



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I work at a news radio station in the Detroit area, and this is NOT something you want to hear first thing in the morning when you go into work. It makes the whole day suck.

Even when Sesame Street went down the shitter (HALF AN HOUR for Elmo to talk in baby talk to kids? I wouldn't let my kid near that crap), Mr. Rogers stuck it out and kept to his guns for all that time, basically doing the same routine. It may have been a little dull at times (even as a young kid in the early-mid 80's I figured that out), I still watched it all the time.

Unlike this jackass Michael Jackson, who puts on this facade of "I love kids, and it's nothing sexual" while trolling around sleeping with little kids, then paying people not to say anything, Mr. Rogers was a genuine good guy, which is rare today.

Here's to Fred Rogers.




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For some reason, I have the urge to call my mother now.

Sad news, indeed.



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First Mr. Dressup, then Mr. Rogers. My childhood icons are both gone. Sigh.





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    Originally posted by KaneRobot
    I work at a news radio station in the Detroit area, and this is NOT something you want to hear first thing in the morning when you go into work. It makes the whole day suck.

    Even when Sesame Street went down the shitter (HALF AN HOUR for Elmo to talk in baby talk to kids? I wouldn't let my kid near that crap), Mr. Rogers stuck it out and kept to his guns for all that time, basically doing the same routine. It may have been a little dull at times (even as a young kid in the early-mid 80's I figured that out), I still watched it all the time.

    Unlike this jackass Michael Jackson, who puts on this facade of "I love kids, and it's nothing sexual" while trolling around sleeping with little kids, then paying people not to say anything, Mr. Rogers was a genuine good guy, which is rare today.

    Here's to Fred Rogers.



OK- now I am the first to advocate "respect for the dead," but I am definitly not one to romanticize a dead person. Wasn't there a huge stink several years ago about Mr. Rogers and Child Molestation?

I watched Mr. Rogers as a kid, and I loved it. But to suggest that Mr. Rogers is UNLIKE Micheal Jackson, when he had similar accusations and suspicions hanging over his head is unfair. Just because the guy is dead does not mean he was necessarily a saint.

That is all...



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Yeah, but by the same token, it seems everyone who deals with children is accused of something these days. Plus, when you have a gentle, respectful, generous, cheerful person like Mr. Rogers, of course somebody is going to say "I bet he's QUEER, Ethel! Just look at that cardigan!"



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Mr. Rogers's act may have gotten stale after you saw it for the 4,000th time. But by staying consistent and never trying to be hip and current, he ensured that his show wouldn't get dated, either. My four- and two-year-old nephews can watch the same Mr. Rogers shows I watched way back when I was their age, and appreciate them in just the same way. There aren't many shows you can say that about.

So he may no longer be with us, but at least he can now join Bob Ross in the ranks of the Public Television Immortals.



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I always thought Mr. Rogers show was one of those shows that I have my kids grow up on. There was always something fun and educational about it. In today's society, we want kids to grow up fast, so we don't have to take care of them, because parents are fairly lazy. Roger's show celebrated being a kid and was always insightful for kids on why things happen in the real world. At the end of the day, if you look at the crap these kids watch, I long for another Jim Henson and Fred Rogers or anyone who was willing to make education fun and not boring or hip. I just don't see it in today;s society. As much as I love GI Joe, Transformers and the 80s cartoons, I see them as the death of educational television for television. Granted, the heroes on those shows were far more superior to the ones these kids of now, Optimus Prime: The Moral Compass of the 80s. It just feels like cartoons are one big commerical instead of teaching kids about standing up for what is right or a sense of adventure.

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Actually, I don't ever remember hearing about child molestation charges regarding Mr. Rogers. I do, however, remember charges regarding the Frugal Gourmet, another PBS celebrity. Perhaps you're getting them confused, Pool-Boy?
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    Originally posted by Pool-Boy

      Originally posted by KaneRobot
      I work at a news radio station in the Detroit area, and this is NOT something you want to hear first thing in the morning when you go into work. It makes the whole day suck.

      Even when Sesame Street went down the shitter (HALF AN HOUR for Elmo to talk in baby talk to kids? I wouldn't let my kid near that crap), Mr. Rogers stuck it out and kept to his guns for all that time, basically doing the same routine. It may have been a little dull at times (even as a young kid in the early-mid 80's I figured that out), I still watched it all the time.

      Unlike this jackass Michael Jackson, who puts on this facade of "I love kids, and it's nothing sexual" while trolling around sleeping with little kids, then paying people not to say anything, Mr. Rogers was a genuine good guy, which is rare today.

      Here's to Fred Rogers.



    OK- now I am the first to advocate "respect for the dead," but I am definitly not one to romanticize a dead person. Wasn't there a huge stink several years ago about Mr. Rogers and Child Molestation?

    I watched Mr. Rogers as a kid, and I loved it. But to suggest that Mr. Rogers is UNLIKE Micheal Jackson, when he had similar accusations and suspicions hanging over his head is unfair. Just because the guy is dead does not mean he was necessarily a saint.

    That is all...



Now I'm usually with you on many things Pool-Boy, but for today can you shut the fuck up please?

Mr. Rogers was so great at making kids feel good and accepted and loved. And from all accounts, he was just as kind and helpful in real life. His show was an inspiration to many people, myself included, so let's respect him at least today for all his good works.



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I think all that needs to be said about Mr. Rogers is that he died of stomach cancer. No one knew this, however, most likely because he did not want it to get out, because he knew it would cause a big stir. He was the last one to want something like that, and the final act of spending his last days with family and close friends was a true indicator of the genuinely good person that Fred Rogers was.

RIP



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