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Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

Fred Rogers was one of TV’s quietest, most sincere heroes. His passing means one more piece of my childhood is gone for good now, and I don’t think there’s anyone working in children’s programming today who has anything like the generous soul that made Mr. Rogers such a staple of PBS for more than three decades.

Harry Lime, my co-writer, is going to be devastated tomorrow when he hears about this. He grew up in Pittsburgh, and he has distinct memories of meeting Fred Rogers and seeing the puppets from the Land of Make-Believe up close. Rogers produced the show from the studios at WQED from 1968 to 2000, and that entire time, the vibe of the show barely changed at all. Instead of trying to reflect the constantly shifting real world around us, Rogers created a place where it was always very much the same... where things were quiet and people were friendly and where imagination was the best way to spend an afternoon. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister, but his show never felt preachy or heavy-handed. He didn’t seem to have an agenda any more complicated than loving oneself and respecting others. It sounds simple, even dull, but his sincerity always kept it interesting for new generations of children.

Even when people made sport of Rogers, like Eddie Murphy did so famously on SNL with “Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood,” it never felt mean-spirited. They always managed to capture his infallible good humor and enthusiasm for whatever he was discussing. One of his red sweaters hangs at the Smithsonian, but here’s hoping the real solace that his family has today is the knowledge that several generations of children grew up believing in the decency and the generosity of heart that his show always embodied, and that even without his show, his lessons will no doubt survive to be handed on when we have children of our own.

Fred Rogers was 74 years old.

"Moriarty" out.





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  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by Lazarus Long

    Suprised that he was only 74. I was watching him 25 years ago. It's amazing how much I can recall of the make-believe land on the other side of the railroad tracks, and its cast of characters: daniel the mouse, the owl, the platypus...without realizing it, I think Mr. Rogers played a part in the education of most of us Americans, and planted the seeds of what would turn out to be many fertile imaginations. Changing the sweater for the last time. Rest in peace.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Devastating...

    by Hiker_Chick

    It's been a while since someone's passing has made me feel this sad...Jim Henson was the last time. I can't believe anyone would dare make jokes about it on here, but I'm sure someone will. I grew up on Mr. Rogers, and he will forever be like a surrogate grandfather to me. He reminded us all that we're SPECIAL.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5:13 a.m. CST

    One of the greats!

    by desslok

    What a shame - a true giant of the industry. I havent watched the show in years, but I dare you to find anyone who was a child of the 70's or 80's who wasnt touched by the man. He will be missed.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5:18 a.m. CST

    One of his neighbors

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    Even though I may have been the snotty nosed kid from down the street who was always covered in mud, talked with a lisp, and even wore really ugly corrective shoes.....Mr. Rogers liked me.......And thus, I will miss him too. - - - George, The 7th Chicken.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5:20 a.m. CST

    very sad news.

    by BRTick

    He will be greatly missed.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Thanks Mr. Rogers!

    by kicker_of_elves

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5:36 a.m. CST

    A great man

    by zacdilone

    I met Fred Rogers a few years ago when he came on a tour of our video production facility at school. The Board of Trustees obviously wanted to hurry him through past all us "pee-ons," but he stopped and talked to us as if we were the only people in the room. When he found out I was from the Pittsburgh area, he stopped and chatted with me for quite a long time, while the Trustees stood their obviously ticked off! He was in real life who you saw on TV. He will be missed.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Here in the UK

    by Praetor

    We have heard innumerable references to this 'Mr Rogers' without ever having a clue as to who the man was. So thank you for clearing that one up. Anyone have any photo links to put a face to the name finally?

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Greatness passes on.

    by Freakshow Lee

    One of the world's few true heros. Sadly, his tennis shoes will remain unchanged forever more. We'll miss ya, Fred.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 6:15 a.m. CST

    my first post

    by Beelzebubba99

    After years of simply reading, I am finally posting for the first time to say... King Tut, shut the fuck up.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I wonder what Michael Keaton has to say about this...

    by Dog Of Mystery

    WAY back in the day, a young man named Michael Douglas used to pull the trolley across the stage (before they replaced him with a new-fangled electric trolley)...That man went to Hollywood and became Michael Keaton. I grew up watching Fred Rogers (and Barnaby and Superhost and the whole gang from Sesame Street), and I'd like to think that I'm a better person for having been one of Mr. Rogers' many neighbors. Now, I'm gonna go get cranky somewhere else...

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Awww crap.

    by radio1_mike

    I'll be honest, I never really watched Mr. Rogers when I was growing up as a kid in the 70's. Perhaps I was slightly to old, but I just did not understand the show. Being a teen in the 80's Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was a show to goof on. Lo and behold 20 years later from that point, he dies and I am really sad. I got choked up and and some tears welled up in my eyes on my way to work. If he has this affect on me, and I never really watched the show, I can only imagine the good effect on children who did. I'd like to think Fred Rogers' spiritual brother, Charles Schulz, greeted him at the Gates.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Daniel Tiger!

    by Redbox

    My Dad worked with Fred way back in the fifties at WQED and actually made the original sets for the Children's Corner. I watched Fred when I was little and that made it all the more surreal when I met him on several occasions. I still have Christmas cards from his family to mine. Right now there's a lot of mellow Jazz going through my head, and I hear a Pittsburgh Trolley bell sounding. It makes sense, if we are about to go to hell in a hand basket, Fred Rogers wasn't going to have to be around for that. Cheers to a quiet gentle man, I hope there's room for more like him in the future.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Mr. Rogers...

    by Otter

    ...take your sweater, and your sneakers, and we'll see you someday in the Land of Make Believe.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 7:30 a.m. CST

    "Can you spell - HERO?"

    by Pimpernel

    The definitive article about Fred Rogers was written for Esquire by Tom Junod. If anyone know where to find it on the web - please post. He was a treasure. God Bless you and keep you, Mister Rogers; you were a wonderful neighbor.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Thank you

    by NoZeanderthal

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 7:47 a.m. CST

    A Very Happy Tomorrow To You...

    by KarmicRelief

    "I have really never considered myself a TV star," Rogers said in a 1995 interview. "I always thought I was a neighbor who just came in for a visit." Amen, Mr. R.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:06 a.m. CST

    aww darn

    by darlin13

    You know, I really liked Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Growing up I thought he had the best house in the world, a really neat fish tank, this cool porch swing, a train that goes to a fun place with puppets... He will most surely be missed. As I sit here expecting the birth of my first rugrat, Im glad Mr. Rogers will live on in reruns for ever

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Thank you Fred

    by geekzapoppin

    I'm thirty years old...and I still watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. I'll admit it proudly. Sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling stressed out about the day ahead. I turn on Mister Rogers and all of that stress goes away. I could always rely on Fred to speak in a kind voice and remind me of the things that are important in life. May he rest in peace.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Sad

    by Aragorn II

    When I was a little kid growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, there was a sort of holy trinity of PBS kids shows. Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, and The Electric Company. When Henson died, it shook me terribly, but in a very real sense he lived on through his creation, the Muppets. The Electric Company never really had a driving personality behind it (unless of course you count Morgan Freeman's freaky hippie dude). That leaves the loss of Fred Rogers as the first truly irreplaceable loss. It makes me sad that in today's world, his mantra of each person being special would more often elicit giggles than irony-free smiles, but then, I guess that's just what made him so truly special himself. Thanks for everything, Fred.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:17 a.m. CST

    A great man.

    by BannthisUcommies

    He will be missed. I wish my kids had had the chance to grow up with his show.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Another goodbye to my childhood

    by burningbabyfish

    Fred, thank you for providing the gentle commentary on life. Many of us learned under you (and many of us hated the King puppet - Friday?) and you were a companion on many a sick day for me. Thank you.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Goodbye, Mr. Rogers...

    by IFartOnYourGrave

    Thanks for my childhood.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Dusty Bin

    by Henry's Cat

    I remember watching 3-2-1 evry week for years when I was a kid. (one for the UK)

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:32 a.m. CST

    And one other thing....

    by IFartOnYourGrave

    SHUT THE F**K UP king tut! Don't comment on things which you obviously know nothing about. Asshole...

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:43 a.m. CST

    The loss of the King Friday the XIII's domain...

    by Darth Brooks

    Mister Rogers was to thinking and feeling as Sesame Street was to letters and numbers. Through his simple show, Fred Rogers gave daily examples to three generations of children on how to be good neighbors. Personally, I learned an appreciation for blues and jazz composition from Fred's deep love of the music form. Hiring jazz pianist John Costa to be the show's music director put cool jazz into the ears of his audience for 40 years. Goodbye Lady Elaine Fairchild, King Friday, and Daniel Tiger.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Goodbye, Mr. Rogers.

    by 10th_Muse

    Oh, heck. This is so upsetting - it feels like such a final end to our childhoods for so many of us, even though we're all grown up now. I hope his family takes comfort in knowing how many lives he touched. I'm also surprised he was only 74. What an amazing career. I wish that we all could work to somehow do a fraction of the good that Fred Rogers did. Thanks for the friendship and kindness, Mr Rogers - we'll remember you.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:01 a.m. CST

    wow...

    by Agador

    I remember sitting in front of the T.V. as a little kid in the 70's and him looking at me and saying "I like you just the way you are." It meant a lot to me then, and it means a lot to me now. So long, Mr. Rogers.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Dude, I don't feel so well

    by Terry_1978

    Everybody grew up with Mr. Rogers....I don't care who you are,where you came from, or how old you are...everybody has watched him at one point or another. I used to sit and wait for him to start with the land of make believe so I could see if Lady Elaine would do some more stupid ass crap(one of my favorite parts of the show). Man, and here I thought he'd live forever.....

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Mr.Rogers

    by Deep Blue Sky

    ....aw man....god....You know you- -You never think of the word "death" when you think about guys like Mr.Rogers....Things Like This Just Hit You HARD When They Happen....These are people we grew up with as kids and- -and as we got older- -maybe took for granted...always thinking they'd still be there...no matter what....I mean, when you're a kid watching shows like his- -stuff like death never comes up into your mind...Mr.Rogers was a good man...and to think of him gone- -you know- -it just- -it just sort of brings in a whole new perspective on life...a sense of reality for the world of imagination that he brought to us all....*pours a shot of milk for himself and raises the shot*- -Here's to you Mr.Rogers, May the wind always be at your back and the sun always upon your face, and the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars....- -*drinks it down*

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:34 a.m. CST

    ManFrmUncleFucka

    by cfmustang

    We must be from the same part of the country. I can't imagine anyone except those from the "Best Location in the Nation" knowing who Superhost and Barnaby were. Rest in peace, neighbor, and don't forget your sweater.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:35 a.m. CST

    *weep*

    by ellid

    Trolley clanging merrily as it started toward the Neighborhood of Make Believe...stories about Pink Paws the cat...the ritual feeding of the fish...King Friday XIII actually falling in love...Daniel Striped Tiger begging for a scratch to help a new stripe emerge...thank you, Mr. Rogers, for my childhood. You will be terribly, terribly missed.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:37 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Mr. Rogers

    by Sod Off Baldric

    Thanks for everything, sir. You will indeed be missed. :(

  • I agree with Moriarty's general sentiment. However, Mr. Rogers made a sincere effort to try and change with the times. His philosophy may have remained in tact, but his puppets and his on-air neighbors certainly changed. I even remember watching an episode in which Fred walked up to a boy with a radio and a sheet of cardboard. The kid proceeded to show Mr. Rogers his break dancing routine and then tried to teach the old fellow a bit about poppin' n' lockin.' Quite amusing to be sure, but far from the square who started out all those years ago.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I just e-mailed him two weeks back...

    by Sith Witch

    and apparently a DVD box set of episodes is in the works. However there goes the chance for a Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood feature film. Good night Mr Rogers...

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:51 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by Damer1

    Well it's good to know that the semi-clever idiots love to post and ruin thread. Mr. Rogers was the best. May he rest in peace. God Bless.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I'm really taken aback by this one

    by 007-11

    There goes the last truly good man. He's put on his coat and dress shoes for the last time. "It's such a good feeling, a very good feeling, a feeling you know, that i'll be back, when the day is new, and i'll have more ideas for you, and we'll have things you'll want to talk about, I...will...to" See ya neighbor.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I got my degree from Owl Correspondence School

    by rev_skarekroe

    Dear O.C.S.! sk

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Last stop on the trolley

    by m2298

    RIP Fred Rogers. And PaulReiserFan666, please get help.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Good Article

    by FrankCobretti

    In November 1998, Esquire Magazine ran a feature on Fred Rogers. In it, the writer confesses that he set out to do a smear piece, to find the "real" Fred Rogers, who must be a real sonuvabitch to keep his show on so long. The writer found that Fred Rogers was a wonderful, saintly man to the core, a man whose life was (successfully and humbly) dedicated to helping others. I've never forgotten the story, and it's worth seeking out. God bless you, Fred Rogers, and God bless your family.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Esquire article link

    by filmbrat

    combed the web and I believe I found a link to the article someone was looking for.... http://www.beliefnet.com/story/2/story_201_1.html

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:23 a.m. CST

    oh...

    by filmbrat

    Aw, crap - it was only an excerpt from the article. Sorry guys...

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:24 a.m. CST

    A Great Man

    by EricAlan69

    Before this TB gets completely overrun by trolls interested in the masturbatory thrill of seeing their own vitriol on AICN, Fred Roger's was just a wonderful person, and I grew up watching him every day. I'm 30 now, and I still remember how much I loved going to the Land of Make-Believe, and seeing Mr. McFeelie (and yes, a good place for the Bloodhound Gang song, "Your Only Friends Are Make-Believe") show up with the mail. When I have kids, I'm damned well going to share some Mr. Roger-y goodness with them. // e.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:29 a.m. CST

    There's always an asshole

    by spookymulder

    Longtime reader, first time poster. I don't make it a habit to post on these forums because it's always the same shit: people baiting others with dumb comments that they make just for the attention. About 99% of the posts I see on this specific talkback are genuine, heartfelt reflections on a man who meant a lot to many of us growing up. The other 1% of the posts are absolutely ridiculous and dare I say it, insensitive. I'm all for the right to your own opinion but please, if you have nothing better to do other than post up negative messages because you want some attention, pick a different topic. I'm sure there's a forum here for people to nitpick about something trivial like Hugh Jackman's height not being right for playing Wolverine. Go there and have yourselves a ball. Or go bitch about how Episode 2 was better than every movie ever made and no one wants to 'fess up and admit it. My point is, save the stupidity for a topic that isn't so close to a lot of people's hearts. I'm not even gonna mention names but like someone else said before me... shut the fuck up.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Mr. Rogers

    by godric

    Fred Rogers was also an ordained minister. It is sad to hear the he has gone, but I know that he's now in the place he always wanted to be.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:42 a.m. CST

    A truly great man

    by blocktek

    I was incredibly fortunate to get to work with Fred Rogers about 3 years ago on an episode of his show. I'm a soundman in the San Francisco Bay Area. (see my picture with Fred at www.flyingwombat.com). Mr. Rogers was the most honest, genuine person I've ever met. He seemed surrounded by an aura of truth and goodness everywhere he went. He took time to connect with and have a kind word with everyone he came in contact with. He was surrounded by children and adults alike the entire day I was with him, and I never saw him flag or cut anyone's time short. He was an inspiration to me as a parent and as a human being. He will be sorely missed.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:45 a.m. CST

    PaulReiserFan666

    by NubtheSquirrel

    You ungrateful son of a bitch! Mr. Rogers was an important piece of the childhood of many of us here shared back in the 80's (Maybe even longer, I don't know) Mr. Rogers wasn't creepy. He was a gentle soul, touching the lives of young children all over the world. It's jerks like you that make me sick! It's people like you who should be ridiculed and badmouthed! I hope they ban your ass from this site for your comments about an important piece of not only our childhood but also of television history! Mr. Rogers, I grew up watching you on TV when I was a kid. As I got older I would casually flip over to PBS to see what was going on in the neighborhood. Your show would make me consistently make me smile. You made every kid that watched your show feel special. I hope your show is still around when I have kids so they can grow up watching you as well. I'm crying as I write this. You will be missed.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:51 a.m. CST

    "Want to see that dress, boys and girls? See the footprints on i

    by Osmosis Jones

    In all seriousness, a sad day. Goodbye, Mr Rogers...and God bless.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Web Site

    by romper33

    For those in the UK who aren't familiar: http://pbskids.org/rogers/

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Good-Bye Neighbor

    by NubtheSquirrel

    Funeral Blues by W. H. Auden Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead. Put crepe bows round the white necks of public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. He was my North, my South, my East and West. My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever; I was wrong. The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; For nothing now can ever come to any good. This was orignally written for a longtime Disney imagineer who recently passed on. I thought this might be fitting for our favorite neighbor.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Take it Easy Fred, thanks for everything!

    by america

    I was in bed this morning when I heard my wife utter some words very loudly, I came running downstairs, thinking maybe one of the kids got hurt. Well alot of kids big and small will be hurting today because of Fred Rogers passing away. He was everyones neighbor and friend. Anyway when my wife had told me what she read on the news ticker all we could do was stare in silence. Thanks for everything Fred, King Friday, etc. We;ll be seeing you in the land of make believe! thanks, Vektor1

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Mr Rogers Neighborhood was the greatest kids show EVER!

    by Xocxoc

    I have heard many education professionals blame the rise of short attention spans with the rise of Sesame Street and its flashy quick cut cartoon "advertisements". Mr Rogers Neighborhood was never flashy, never contributed to short attentions spans, and taught good ethics and morals. Probably the best kids TV show EVER for these reasons. *** When I was 6, we got a cat, and me and my four year old sister were such fans of the show we named the cat "Henrietta" after the cat on Mr. Rogers. We had that cat for 19 years before she died! A constant reminder of how much we loved that show as kids. <sniff> I'm all sad now!

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I met Fred several times

    by zeilnhofer

    I went to CMU in the mid eighties and actually met Mr. Rodgers a few times. The PBS station where the neighborhood was filmed was practically right across the street. I must admit the first time I saw him and went up to say hello it was more of a goof than anything else. But what I found was that he was no actor; that warm, caring man on the TV was the person that he was in real life. After that first meeting I would always take a minute to chat if I saw him. In today's world of Jerry Springer, reality TV, and possible war (all showing the worst of humanity); it is very sad to lose a true example of the good that we are all capable of. I mourn for him and for the new generation of children that will not have Mr. Rodgers as an example. Rest in peace Fred; you did good.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 11:37 a.m. CST

    He will be sorely missed

    by Stephen Dedalus

    Mr. Rogers was a fine performer, and his show helped shape my childhood. I"m sorry to hear this. He will always be fondly remembered by the millions who watched him.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 11:43 a.m. CST

    good bye Mr. Rogers

    by cyber

    May you find plenty of neighbors in the next life.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 12:19 p.m. CST

    ....nothing i can say...

    by jasher78

    i was and am a huge fan of mr.rogers and am quite saddened by this. my bro & i had filmed our own 'spoof' of mr.rogers when i was like 5 and he was 10. it's a very fond memory inspired by a very fine man and show. he is remembered.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 12:20 p.m. CST

    In shock...

    by IncredibleYoda

    Man, nothing has rattled me like this for a looong time. I used to absolutely go nuts when he would venture out of his home and play in the sandbox. And I'll never forget watching him interact with that kid in the wheelchair, playing basketball with him and stuff. Good lord, this is just too damn sad. Even though Purple Panda used to give me nightmares, Mister Rogers will always live on in my heart and mind as a warm and comforting childhood memory.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 12:32 p.m. CST

    One time flamer... full time idiot

    by coytuck

    If people choose to pay their respects to someone like Mr. Rogers (a man who most americans in the last thirty + years grew up watching), then get off their cases, jackass! Use that space between your head as more than a canister for holding snot. People die... people remember them when they do. It's as simple as that. No one can spend everyday thinking of everyone they've ever seen or encountered, that is unless they're GOD! Tell you what... let's hope YOU DIE, so then we all can not think about you even then. Now put that in your pipe and smoke it, you polemic piece of poo!

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 12:37 p.m. CST

    32 years, five days a week is a pretty good run.

    by Uncapie

    He was an American icon and part of its culture. Like Captain Kangaroo(Bob Keeshan), he taught kids self-respect and how to get along with each other. He never raised his voice or got angry, ever. An intelligent man, a teacher to all, thank you Mr. Rogers for a great childhood.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I never met him, but I knew him my whole life.

    by dudemanguy

    Goodbye and God bless, to the nicest, gentlest man there ever was.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 12:47 p.m. CST

    What made him great?...he cared

    by Kirk's Toupee

    His was the first children's show to deal with death and with divorce on level children could relate to. He spent his whole life trying to make a haven for children on television where they could feel wanted and loved. I count myself as one of the millions of lucky children who were a part of it all. And as an adult my admiration of him grew ten fold. "There is only one rule of success that really counts in the long run: Success is measured by how many people on this earth RESPECT you." There isn't a person I can think of who reflected that more than Fred Rogers. Godspeed neighbor.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Onetimeflamer what is your problem?

    by dudemanguy

    So what if no one is being original? Why is that even remotely a consideration here? Folks are sad, and they want to share it with each other; this isn't the time or place for a diatribe. Pay your respect to the man, or just do us the mercy of going away.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 12:59 p.m. CST

    ......

    by brakypoo

    so michael keaton was the one pulling the train. no wonder them damn thing was always getting stuck.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Speechless

    by Lizzybeth

    It just seems so trite to try to describe what a TV show meant to you or the impact a television personality had on your life. I feel silly doing it. But, I don't know. I think it's no exaggeration to say that Mr. Roger's Neighborhood was one of the reasons TV was invented. It educated, entertained, and connected with generations of children (and parents) without regard for ratings or trends, with a genuine desire to do good. Fred Rogers wasn't just a TV personality, he was a public service. And a truly admirable human being. It's a sad day. I hope that show runs forever.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 1:04 p.m. CST

    not too choked up...

    by sigma957

    ok....i admit ....he was one of the good guys out there, and for a man of the cloth working with children, well...he managed to keep his hands off them which is more than most can say....He was one of the good guys.....and yet....i just dont have a single positive memory of his show....as far back as i can remember it, i was thinking...what is this crap?...why does he talk so damn slow?....maybe this is my fault for not being a nitwit as a kid...i just couldnt enjoy it....so i'm not too choked up....for the rest of the world who loved him....i am sorry.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Mister Rogers Meets Eddie Murphy

    by spider15

    Most of you may have already heard this story, but in the light of Mister Rogers's death it does bear repeating... After Eddie Murphy had been doing his Mister-Rogers-in-the-ghetto character,Mister Robinson, for some time in the early 1980s, he was paid a visit by the real Fred Rogers, who was in the NBC building doing the "Today" show. Rogers knocked on Murphy's dressing room door, and when the younger man opened the door, Rogers told him how much he admired his work. Supposedly, Murphy was so excited to see him, he just grabbed Rogers and hugged him, saying "Oh, my God! Mister Rogers! It's really you!" Now, Murphy is just among the many who'll miss the gentle and warm spirit that was Mister Fred Rogers.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Coming out of lurkdom just to say:

    by tcr_gemini

    OneTimeFlamer and King tut lives, you are fuckwits. Now I feel dirty.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 1:24 p.m. CST

    onetimeflamer

    by SLEAZY DINOSAUR

    I would hate to see you at a funeral, when someone says "my condolences to you and your family", your likely to shout back "you unoriginal asshole, three people have already said that to me, why can't you come up with something original". I'll admit, I haven't thought of Mr Rogers in many years, but when I logged on and the little blurb announcing his death was on my homepage, all those childhood memories came flooding back. Another poster suggested that you die, but that kind of humor is out of place in a talkback dedicated to Mr Rogers. I'm sure your just on here trying to get attention, your probably not this much of a jerk in real life, but just let everybody post their rememberances in peace, that's all anyones asking.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 1:30 p.m. CST

    he's dead?

    by BAMF

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 1:34 p.m. CST

    MR ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD

    by ALWEASEL

    Oh Man. This really is bad. I was a fan as a kid in the 70's. I loved Mr.Rogers and the land of make believe. And from what i have heard about him from others and other tv shows he was one of the nicest guys around. May the Trolley run forever ALWEASEL

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 1:35 p.m. CST

    What can you say...

    by murgatroid1

    :( It was the one show that didn't make kids act like they were strung out on sugar and caffeen. I think tomorrows children will be dearly lacking something we had. I hope they continue to show the re-runs. Oh, and he really was a genuine nice person.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 1:36 p.m. CST

    onetimeflamer

    by SLEAZY DINOSAUR

    I would hate to see you at a funeral, when somebody says "my condolences to you and your family in this troubling time" your likely to shout back "YOU UNORIGINAL FUCKWAD, 4 OR 5 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY SAID THAT TO ME, COME UP WITH SOMETHING MORE ORIGINAL". I admit it, I haven't thought of Mr Rogers in many years, but when I saw that he had passed away, all those childhood memories came flooding back, so yes, my prayers are with his family, and the "neighborhood" will be a much sadder place without him, I know I didn't say anything particularly original, I'm just stating how I feel. Another poster suggested that you die onetimeflamer, a joke like that is out of place in a talkback dedicated to Mr Rogers, and I'm sure your not this much of a jerk in real life, people just want to post their rememberances of Mr Rogers, don't get so worked up about it.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Rest In Peace, Mr. Rogers

    by odysseus

    Your show was a peaceful oasis in many childhoods. If only there were someone like you for those of us whose childhoods are long gone....

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Mr. Rogers made a difference in this world.

    by vroom socko

    I remember an episode of Nightline where they interviewed Mr. Rogers about his retirement. He told a story about this woman he met that had watched his show in the 70's. She had grown up in a house without a mother, and had a father that abused her physically and sexually. When she met Mr. Rogers, she told him that it was this man in the TV that kept telling her that she was special and important who gave her the will to face another day. People like Mr. Rogers are a rare breed, and they are to be celebrated when they are with us, mourned when they leave us. Hearing that he has died was like getting kicked in the gut by Jet Li. If anyone out there doesn't understand why I had that reaction, go elswhere.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 2:12 p.m. CST

    r.i.p. Fred

    by TALK DROID

    Thank you for being my neighbor.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 2:17 p.m. CST

    punched in the gut

    by General Idea

    Hmmm. There are people dying every day. You hear about some other old famous person passing away so often, it begins to numb you to the news. I think a few hours later at work it crept back into my head for some reason and I just thought about what an impact he'd made on me growing up, sharing so much of his time to do nothing more than help kids feel good about themselves and teaching kindness and generosity and sharing. It's a shame he's passed away, but how many people got as much fulfillment out of life as Fred Rogers? You almost expect to hear that people like this were nutcases or sickos behind the scenes, but here's a guy who was just a saint. You were cool indeed Mister Rogers.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 2:30 p.m. CST

    its a sad day

    by eo766

    since more and more kids are being raised by the tv its sad to see one of the positive influences go. I actually got an e-mail from my coleege president about this because he was going to be our comencement speaker in may.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 2:32 p.m. CST

    'Tis a sad day indeed

    by agentsculder

    Hearing that the beloved Fred Rogers has passed into the next world truly saddens me. My parents would not let me watch anything except PBS as a small child, and I saw him every single week day. That man brought so much joy into the lives of children all over the world. His quiet manner was an incredibly effective educational tool. I thank God he will at least be alive for my children (should I have any) in reruns. I will never forget the year my mother got me for my birthday an autographed set of photos of all the people in the cast. It breaks my heart now to think I have no idea what became of them. Not because they are worth more now, but because I could have given them to my children to share with them. I have to say his death has hit me harder than any in a long time. His death is huge loss for humanity, but I know he's gone to a far better place.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 2:41 p.m. CST

    So sad.

    by DetroitVigilante

    It's my first post and I can seldon remember being as moved as I am today by someone's passing. Sure, Henson's was bad, but his creations live on. Everyday having Mr. Rogers talk to me and only me, gave the reassurance that we were all special. There is a gentleness and warmth missing from the world today, more noticable than ever with him gone. The following was from a post on AICN by someone -- sorry I don't know who you are -- that was put on the site when he announced his retirement not too long ago. I kept it and would like to share it: "What is the secret of life?". Mr. Rogers paused to ponder the question for a moment, and then responded... "The secret of life...is that when you are with another person ... whether in the flesh or on the phone... is to make sure that other person does not feel alone...." Amen. And thank you Mr. Rogers.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Mr. Rogers' Secret of Life (as told to CNN)

    by robogeek.com

    A couple years ago or so, Mr. Rogers was profiled on CNN (I believe by Aaron Brown, but I could be wrong), and said the following: "The secret of life is that when you are with another person -- whether in the flesh or on the phone -- is to make sure that other person does not feel alone." Generations of children know he practiced what he preached, and we are all the richer for it. Godspeed, Fred Rogers.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 3:05 p.m. CST

    OneTimeFlamer, maybe YOU need to whip out a dictionary...

    by TV CASUALTY

    ...and learn how to spell "pseudo". What a moron. This is indeed sad news... not so much because it's a piece of my childhood, but because I kinda looked forward to having kids and seeing them watch it. Well, there's always the DVD set, I hope.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Farewell

    by Dmann

    Thanks for the memories. Oh, and people....don't let the asses run you down. This is a rememberance. The jerks will be cleared out anyway.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 3:36 p.m. CST

    all the colors have dulled a little bit more...

    by Milo_357

    all the colors of the world seemed have just dulled a little bit, haven't they? I wish Berke Breathed or Bill Watterson were still doing thier strips, they would be able to put things in perspective.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 3:39 p.m. CST

    watch NIGHTLINE tonite, vroomsocko this is what you're talking a

    by vealchop

    from the Nightline mailing list: >From: Nightline >Reply-To: Nightline >To: "Nightline Mailing List" >Subject: NIGHTLINE: Mister Rogers >Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 11:35:46 -0800 > >Subject: Fred Rogers, who

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 3:43 p.m. CST

    my puny tribute

    by truebeliever1023

    I grew up watching Mr. Rogers, and like so many others I am disappointed that my children will not do the same. I am a Christian, and I have a point I would like to make to the other Christians who participate in these talkbacks. I know it seems like this has nothing to do with Mr. Rogers, but bear with me. I believe this to be a tribute, all be it a small one, to his life. I have seen so many Christians think it is their right and God given duty to attack people in these sessions that may hold to beliefs that do not agree with Christianity. If we learn nothing else from Mr. Rogers we should look at how he lived and how he treated people. Everyone who came in contact with him left feeling better. I wonder if his faith and the way he lived it out had anything to do it? blocktek even described him as being "surrounded by an aura of goodness and truth." I think that's how he put it. There is only one source of that kind of goodness and truth. Jesus said over and over that we are to love one another. We are told that people will recognize us as his followers not because of how loud we preach but by how much we love. Fred Rogers understood this. In some ways I think he did greater work than even Billy Graham, because of this. Whether they knew it or not, everyone who was influenced or affected by Mr. Rogers was so because of his deeply rooted faith in Jesus Christ. Let his life be a lesson to us all. Let your love preach, as Fred Rogers did his whole life.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Rest In Peace Mr. Rogers.

    by Psyclops

    I used to love watching his show as a kid. He always seemed like a genuinely decent human being who believed in helping others. This is sad news... but the good thing is that he will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 4:23 p.m. CST

    *sigh*

    by Freak_of_nature

    i'll miss him.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 4:23 p.m. CST

    does anyone remember..

    by Mr.Watanabe

    ....when Mr.Rogers visited the set of the Incredible Hulk, and you got to see Lou Ferigno being painted green? That was the greatest TV moment of my childhood, bar none. RIP Fred.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Now THERE is a loss the whole world can feel...

    by Skylord2

    I don't think there was ever a beter role model or more beloved person in all of the entertainment industry. His kind, loving, nuturing, soft-spoken and heart warming character has raised millions of kids into being better than what they could have been. I'm 32 and i still remember watching Mr. Rogers with eager delight when I was a kid and seeing my niece and nephew grow up with him, I was more surprised at how much I actually WATCHED the show than watched them watch it. ------------------- farewell and godspeed, Mr. Rogers. You will be missed.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Mr Dressup > Mr Rogers

    by mbd

    That is all

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Well, shit.

    by Heffaloo

    And here I didn't think I could feel worse.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 4:37 p.m. CST

    mr rogers

    by joe_buck

    i don't even know what to say. so sad.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 4:42 p.m. CST

    "EGG-A-MUFFIN"

    by Deandome

    Sad about MR, but as a tribute this morning, a local radio station (WXRT Chicago, music station, not shtick!)played one of my favorite comedy album bits. National Lampoon's "That's Not Funny, That's Sick" had a bunch of classics (Nadia Comenici/"Boy I'd like to fuck her..."), but Mr. Rogers interviewing a rock bas player was always the one I remember. Closing line: "Would you like to go to the Magic Kingdon?" "No thanks, man! It's way too early-I gotta go to work!"

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5 p.m. CST

    Mr. Rogers is a great, decent soul who'll be greatly missed...

    by FD Resurrected

    He taught us love and respect when we were children before Barney the Purple Dinosaur destroyed what's left of decent, non-intellectually insulting PBS programming for children. Rest in peace Fred Rogers! You'll always live forever in our memory.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5:07 p.m. CST

    God rest a good man.

    by prickle28

    It's sad that such a good man has passed. Yet Harry still lives.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 5:32 p.m. CST

    thanks mr. rogers

    by imageburn13

    for helping me become a decent man in my life. His courteousness and caring is almost impossible to find anymore.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Mr. Rogers will be in my thoughts forever, and his legacy will l

    by T-MACK 1.01

    I miss him so much. My childhood has lost a piece of itself, but his memory shall never shatter. Rest In Peace Fred. Your teachings on kindness will be with me, always.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 6:11 p.m. CST

    ChickenGeorgeVII...I don't know if you'll read this, but I just

    by Sod Off Baldric

    ...that your's was one of the best tributes to Mr. Rogers that I've yet come across. Thanks for putting a smile on my face, neighbor.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 6:41 p.m. CST

    No, I'm sad and all, but that headline was halarous. . .

    by McCormic

    . . . ah yes. Like a top that stands impossably on its point, untill it slows, and topples.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Meow meow, X the owl, meow meow

    by Han Ol' Buddy

    I don't know what to say either. I grew up on PBS shows. Brought to you by the number 3 and the letters G and J. Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, Electric Company. Those things shaped me. I remember seeing an interview with Mr. Rogers a few years ago when he talked with that disabled kid in the wheelchair and he was now all grown up and I seriously started crying. I remembered that show from when I was a kid and I cried when I watched that show as well. Well, I have to say that I was pretty choked up when that headline blared out at me this morning on the net. Man, a true HERO is lost today. Somebody that gave a sh*t about all of us kids when we were growing up and challenged us to use our minds and imagination while teaching us positive things. I don't know, you just never see that with today's TV and the kids are suffering for it. Video games, cartoons, etc. It's all drivel that's created to sell plush toys, video babysitters and books. Fred, they saved a place for you in heaven. Man, you truly were a great man. I owe a little bit of myself to you. Peace.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 7:52 p.m. CST

    No "Neighborhood" motion picture now? :(

    by truthseekr1488

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Check your CBS Radio Network station

    by zenda

    Commentator Dave Ross did a very nice piece on Mr. Rogers and the difference between bein a kid and an adult today. Very well done. Check your local station- you might be able to catch a repeat of it.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:20 p.m. CST

    A sad departure...

    by a goonie

    My heart goes out to Fred Roger's family and friends. His show really was a staple of so many people's childhoods.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Mr Rogers made me wear clothes

    by RIPROGERS

    Its a very very sad day in the neighborhood, a not so great day in the neighborhood. Mister Rogers really could get in touch with me. When i was little i Always wore clothes when i watched Mister Rogers cause i was sure he could see me.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Crawfish Jones, I'm happy to tell you that...

    by zenda

    ...Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) is still alive. Maybe you were thinking of when he had a serious heart attack a few years back. But he recovered and is still with us.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 8:32 p.m. CST

    National Monument for Fred Rogers

    by deadboy1313

    Wow. What can you even begin to say? How many children's lives did this man make a positive difference in when they were scared or sad or alone? In this world where celebrities are proven to be human by murders, scandals, and many other faults, he was a decent person who only wanted to help people and didn't have any hidden agendas. I'm not sure he was merely human, but maybe he was an angel in disguise all along. And now he's where he belongs. And I bet the gates of Heaven are open all the way to welcome him back! But at least he left us with good memories and lessons that should live forever. I hope that PBS never stops running Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, because this crazy, violent world will always need him. If they ever do decide on human cloning, this world needs a million more Fred Rogers. And if Dubya doesn't take time out from pushing war to propose a national monument to peace dedicated to Fred Rogers, then he is the moron I've always thought he was. And unless I'm wrong, Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) is still very much alive.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else find the headline a little tasteless?

    by Elgyn6655321

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:02 p.m. CST

    It was. . .a beautiful day in the Neighborhood.

    by Noriko Takaya

    *Sniff.* If Fred Rogers can't make it to heaven, none of us can. I pour a 40 (of skim milk) to you, good sir, and will see you at the crossroads. And as I said when the great Kinji Fukasaku joined his ancestors, if you have a dream in your heart, a story you want to write, a movie you want to make, whatever--start on it NOW. Death-san is capricious, unpredictable and may be eyeing you as you read this. Toppu o Nerae!

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Kapt Kangaroo next?

    by bookonbob

    I live near the good captian and see him from time to time at the local Costco. He is not looking well. Anyway, I will miss Mr. Rogers, he MADE my childhood. Screw Kermitt, forget about my Parents, everything I needed to know I learned in the NEIGHBORHOOD OF MAKE-BELIEVE.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 11:13 p.m. CST

    STINKYFINGERS and MROGERSCORPSE

    by batman_psu

    Stinkyfingers and MRogersCorpse... please end your lives so you can burn in hell sooner rather than continue to ruin everyone else's lives that are around you. You'll be going there anyway. Nobody cares what you say. Obviously I do a little, but since I think you are both so dumb, I'll clue you in to the fact that no one on earth wants you alive. just go away. every laugh you get from this is just more hot eternal pain. have fun. Harry (or whoever runs the msg board), can't you just take these idiots' posts out? I love Mr Rogers. One of the greatest humans who ever lived. R.I.P.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 11:19 p.m. CST

    A Generation Mourns

    by jtarver

    A truly decent kind person. God bless him.

  • Feb. 27, 2003, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Sad on so many levels...

    by PoopsMcGee

    ...now I'll have to find "Anna, Prince, and Daniel" on MP3 somewhere. Thanks for everything, Mr. Rogers. You WILL be missed.

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Good night Mr. Rodgers.

    by CaptainWalker

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 12:12 a.m. CST

    An older fan remembers

    by Ratzo

    I heard the news today while driving to work and was surprisingly shocked - perhaps because it would seem they would live forever. In thinking back, I was sure that I had seen Mr. Rogers on TV in the early to mid 60s, so just to be sure I wasn't halucinating on baby formula I did some checking. Sure enough, Fred Rogers had a show here on Canada's CBC Network from 1963-1965 entitiled 'Mr. Rogers'. Rogers, along with Mr. Dressup and Friendly Giant. were the basic TV staples of my early childhood development - and obviously not only for Canadians, if the posting from the fellow who grew up in Maine is correct. Strange thing is, even though they were taped and broadcast in black and white, when I think about these programs I picture them in colour. I guess that says something about the strength of the imagination (something all of use who read AICN can certainly relate to). Well, Friendly Giant(Bob Homme) packed up his storybooks and flute for the castle in sky back in 2000 and Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombs)donned his last costume from the tickle trunk in 2001. Now, Mr. Rogers has taken the trolley and left the neighbourhood as well. They were, in my opinion, part of the golden age of children's television and I will miss them all. Godspeed, Fred.

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Mr. Rodgers

    by Dataset

    For 30 minutes of kindness every day as a child. Meow. Meow meow...meow.

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 1:01 a.m. CST

    If ever there was a good man

    by remfast

    If anyone in modern society deserves the respect and admiration of generations, Mr. Rogers was that man. May he rest in Peace and that heaven be as friendly and magical as the world he created in his neighborhood.

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Mr. Rogers wasn't just a show children of the 70's watched......

    by Spanaird

    Mr. Rogers wasn't just a show children of the 70's watched, it was also watched by children of the 80's and 90's. Through all that tellytubby and Barney crap there was always Fred Rogers there to talk right to the kids. He didn't need crazy wacked out dance numbers or some baby in the sun to make a show, he just needed life. I remeber so many moments from that show like the time he went to an egg factory and stoped the interveiw to expalin why we could see his breath in the refrigerator, to the time a fish died in his fish tank and he explained about death. Durring a time of oncoming war we need more Fred Rogers to help us make sense of this world. I'm just really sad that when i have kids later on in life they won't have a man like Fred Rogers to teach them about life.

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Ashamed of you ScreenNames? Tribute! And RIP/TY Fred R.

    by SkiffyPup

    Some of us have wrote loving and heartfelt remembrances of Mr. R. I'd love it if Herc would forward them all to Fred's survivors.... UNTIL-- I looked at the screennames. What an inappropriate thing to attach to a tribute to such a lovely man!***** My story: I have an ex-girlfriend.... super-abused... Who used to say that the only way she could sleep while the TV was on was if it was Mr.R.-- (So smooth and zen-soothing was he to her soul.)**** He was a balm to us all. God rest his soul, and Thank YOU, FRED!

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Ashamed of you ScreenNames? Tribute! And RIP/TY Fred R.

    by SkiffyPup

    Some of us have wrote loving and heartfelt remembrances of Mr. R. I'd love it if Herc would forward them all to Fred's survivors.... UNTIL-- I looked at the screennames. What an inappropriate thing to attach to a tribute to such a lovely man!***** My story: I have an ex-girlfriend.... super-abused... Who used to say that the only way she could sleep while the TV was on was if it was Mr.R.-- (So smooth and zen-soothing was he to her soul.)**** He was a balm to us all. God rest his soul, and Thank YOU, FRED!

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 1:30 a.m. CST

    He will be missed............

    by karma_is_real

    He may be gone, but he will not be forgotten. I will never forget him and the positive messages he sent out to youth. He left something positive in a somewhat negative world. I will remember and love you. karma

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Esquire Article

    by Bud666

    Someone may have already done this...but I don't have time to look through all the talkback. Esquire.com has posted the entire text of the Tom Junod article as well as a eulogy...just go there and look for links in case this doesn't take you directly there... http://www.esquire.com/features/articles/2003/030227_mfe_rogershero_1.html Thanks for it all, Mr. Rogers. In the house I grew up in, you were the only one I could depend on. God bless.

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 3:41 a.m. CST

    He was a great neighbor

    by BlackBeltJones

    This was a sad day. My wife woke me up to tell me the news. It was one of those things that you don't expect to take hard yet you do. And when you ask yourself why, the answer is obvious. This is a man that taught most of us our basic manners, how many things work and how to be a good person to yourself and others. Mr. Rogers was a staple of my childhood in the 70's and over the years I would poke fun at his mannerisms that never changed through the decades, I always had the upmost respect for the man who taught me so much. Fred Rogers, may your journey be filled with peace and eternal happiness.

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 3:53 a.m. CST

    People like Fred Rogers make me wish I wasn't an agnostic

    by nazismasher

    If there is someplace like Heaven then Fred Rogers deserves a place there. He was simply one of the most decent, thoughtful persons I know of and his is probably one of the few shows I feel comfortable letting my nephews watch these days. If I ever have any of my own I'm sure they'll get to know Mister Rogers just as well they have. :-)

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Memorial service

    by yo0o0oy

    I hope any public memorial is a celebration of Rogers' *life*, not a maudlin gooey tear-fest.

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Cynics beware!!

    by White_Noise

    I am happy (and not particularly suprised) to see so many have a similar response to the passing of Fred Rogers. This website is so often host to the most infantile, debauched and cynical of opinions tht it's refreshing and uplifting to see that a guy like Mr. Rogers, who could be target-numero-uno for the psuedo-hipsters is treated with such deserved respect. It actually raises my opinion of the current state of mankind... (Now it's only about a mile straight up to reach the gutter)

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I Just Cried...

    by Babylon Rocker

    I just sat and cried after I heard. Heaven is a wealthier place today, and Earth a poorer one.

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Goodbye to a true HERO.

    by Diskatopia

    One thing that made him stand out was his honesty and calm sincerity, never talking down to little kids, just lifting them up. His work still reverbrates Good throughout society, major force waves more than the many many faux heroes proclaimed in the media today. Make a donation to PBS today in Mr. Rogers' memory.

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Fred will never be replaced

    by K|LLDOZER

    "We only have one life to live on earth," Rogers said after being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999. "Through television, we have the choice of encouraging others to demean this life or to cherish it in creative and imaginative ways." <br>The man produced over NINE HUNDRED episodes of his television series. It was decent, intelligent, creative and wonderful. To appropriate a quote in silent admiration: "There he goes...one of god's own prototypes."

  • Feb. 28, 2003, 6:53 p.m. CST

    A sad day indeed

    by Florida_Fan

    I remember being a little kid and just settling in to watch Mr Rogers. Even now watching his show brings a certain peace upon me. I;m glad there will always be reruns for my boys

  • March 1, 2003, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Generations of neighbors

    by VibroCount

    When KQED in San Francisco picked up The Children's Corner, I was a Ding Dong School veteran -- a bit older than the audience the show aimed for. Then they aired MisteRogers from the CBC, but I was already in high school by then. I thought it was sappy, most likely because I had no younger kids around. Two years after Mister Rogers Neighborhood began, I became a father. I quickly discovered the gem that Fred Rogers was (and had always been). By the time my second child was old enough to watch, he was taking a TV camera into the working bathroom they built off the set kitchen, so he could dispell kids' fears of being flushed down the toilet. I think he proved that even the smallest infant was too large to fit through the plumbing. Unlike nearly everyone else in the world, Fred Rogers just said the truth... honest, straightforward, and polite, and he spoke to kids & adults in the same voice. My youngest (12 years old) saw a live concert with another childhood TV star of mine, Shari Lewis, just before she passed away, unable to complete the second season of Charlie Horse Music Pizza. Now we spent much of today talking about how Fred Rogers has died, and how my 10-month-old Granddaughter watches far more Dora the Explorer than Fred Rogers. I imagine he would have wanted to take off his sweater & sneakers & return to his coat & hard-soled shoes before he left, but I'll bet there's a zippered sweater & a pair of Keds awaiting him.

  • March 1, 2003, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Peace to Mr Rogers

    by Miss Lavendar

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  • March 1, 2003, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I came back and reread this...I have no idea why some of you wou

    by Dog Of Mystery

    Fred Rogers was just a very nice man. What's wrong with that? C'mon, guys. Learn from his example.

  • March 2, 2003, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Mr. Rogers (the character) was a terrible role model for young b

    by vergence

    Especially in the world that we live in today. The meek inherit nothing and unless they are protected by the strong they end up face down in a ditch, herded into gas chambers or blown out of the 80th floor of a skyscraper. Let's not denigrate Rogers the man but let's think about where all that soft-spoken sensitivity and "understanding" got us.

  • March 2, 2003, 7:04 p.m. CST

    To "vergence", to fellow Christians

    by Lobanhaki

    You do not have to teach boys to be aggressive and competitive. You don't have to teach any child that. What you have to teach is restraint and maturity. Immature pride and aggression might allow short term triumph, but all the gains can be lost by the same means. If you want your child to live something else than perpetual struggle they must learn to fulfill themselves from the inside out, not justify themselves from the outside in. If they are smart, they must be encourage to use those smarts, and not throwaway grades and learning opportunities so they can fit in for the moment in school. school will last for a few years, but for the rest of their lives, they will have to live in a world that is increasingly more complex, and more suffused with issues that require technical, scientific, and historical knowledge to deal with well. If they are compassionate, we must nurture that compassion, because guess what: we will have to depend on others all our lives, and who would you rather trust in a crisis, a compassionate person, or a person taught all their lives to look out for number one? Mr. Rogers understood that we lived in connected communities, and that the hurt, pain, and loss that selfish behavior send ripples out through our society. We should understand our need to live up to our obligations as good neighbors.

  • March 3, 2003, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Esquire Put the Article Back on Its Web Site! Here's the addres

    by FrankCobretti

    http://www.esquire.com/features/articles/2003/030227_mfe_rogers.html

  • March 3, 2003, 3:54 p.m. CST

    true story about Fred Rogers, courtesy TV Guide

    by Lord Shatner

    A gang of thieves stole his car, not knowing who the owner was. When they found out, they were so ashamed they returned it

  • March 3, 2003, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Fred Rogers secretly promoted the Gay Agenda

    by Lord Shatner

    His "warm and fuzzy approach" served to indoctrinate impressionable minds into the debauched lifestyle of homosexuality. His legacy will be that of a satanic pied piper who led our children down the path of damnation. And yes, I am being facetious

  • March 5, 2003, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Thank You

    by chaosmagnet

    Just wanted to say thanks for your great comments about Fred Rogers. Also having grown up watching the 'Neighborhood' I feel that Mr. Rogers is what helped me, along w/ my parents guidence, to become who I am today. There will never be another one like him and the world is much smaller now without him.