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As with any kid my age my young childhood was dominated by two forces: Sesame Street and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

Later on I’d get into Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, but for that early time in my childhood you couldn’t ask for a better role model. Mr. Rogers was the kindly grandfather we all wish we had and in a lot of ways reminded me of a grandfather role-model I did have growing up. But Mr. Rogers, along with his puppet friends, taught me about using my imagination for the first time while Sesame Street was more focused on introducing me to sharing and counting with a vampire. And eating cookies.

So, thank you Mr. Rogers. Every time I see an old man take off his shoes I’ll think of you.

Thanks to Lawrence Martin for bringing this shot to my attention.



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  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST


    by sjfatty

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Not First!

    by room23storeblogspotcom

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST


    by Gregory McNiff

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST


    by Gregory McNiff

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    You Always Make Each Day a Special Day

    by Hellstrom

    You know how, by just you being you... There's only one person in the whole world like you And people can like you just the way you are. I'm sorry but what TV show, children's or otherwise, taught you how to respect and love yourself and others? Fred Rogers said that people would mention that their kids still were watching him in college, and he was not surprised...that because he knew the timeless importance of his message.

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    As a little kid, what amazed me was his shoe tying speed

    by m00kiedood

    I remember trying to take off my shoes, put on another pair of shoes, and tie the laces before I finished singing the song. Couldn't do it. I was in awe of his dexterity. Especially the way he tied his sneakers that weird way by tying the two loops together.

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Truncate this Ain't It cool News

    by CT1

    They say we only use a fraction of our brain's true potential.. now that's when we're awake. When we're asleep, our mind can do almost anything.

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Watch Mister Rogers kick some Senatorial Ass!!!

    by JethroBodine

    BAM! That's how ya do it! or tinified... That clip = BEST EVAR!

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    lambchops play along was my shit back then

    by Pipple

    charlie horse was a true pimp bitch

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    MORE tv BTS pics please

    by ciroslive

    I'd like to see some BTS pics from The X-Files, LOST, Firefly, Millennium, Supernatural,etc.

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    The BTS pic from Mr. Rogers that I want to see is...

    by John Maddening

    ...behind the Neighborhood of Make Believe puppet set.

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    MORE tv BTS pics please

    by ciroslive

    I'd like to see some BTS pics from The X-Files, LOST, Firefly, Millennium, Supernatural,etc.

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Kinda makes you wonder...

    by Perceptor

    How often he's watched old men take of their shoes?

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    RE: Quint watching old men take off their shoes

    by CT1

    I REALLY hope you're NOT insinuating this isn't Cool News. Hey what happened to the Muppet movie report where a fat woman in the audience yelled out they love Kermit? Maybe you don't think THAT'S Cool News either, huh tough guy? Fuck, let's be realistic around here, shit man, this isn't the place for negativity or jokes, fuck bro

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    very nice

    by rebel299

    this is one of my favorites from the series so far. a great mix of nostalgia, voyeurism and a slight bit of behind the scenes gadgetry. bravo

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST


    by Cheif Brody

    Better be a good one tomorrow, Quint! I ain't fraid of no behind the scenes pic of the day!

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by HyphenatedWords

    That... that... that was a SET?! He fucking LIED to me. He told me that was his HOUSE. Mother fucker! God damn. What ELSE did he lie to me about?! Did the trolley not really go to a special land?

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    First it was a muppet blitz, now it's Mister Rogers

    by Bobo_Vision

    AICN talkbackers are really regressing back to their childhoods. Climbing back into the wombs when everything was safe and sheltered from the harsh, cruel world.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Mr. Rogers, the ORIGINAL to film in Pittsburgh.

    by Jay Eyler

    He was Pittsburgh, when Pittsburgh wasn't cool.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    lets make the most of this beautiful day

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    you really cant argue with a creed like that.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Quint, this is fantastic.

    by la_sith

    A real winner of a BTS pic. Everyone will joke, but Fred Rogers ushered in imagination for millions of kids.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    347% More Inspiring Than Cavill's Crotch

    by tomandshell

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    I had a chance to work with Mr. Rogers

    by blocktek

    as a freelance soundman on a field segment of the show in 1999. I have never encountered a more present and genuine person my entire life. He was mobbed by fans all day, and took time to connect with each and every one of them, including me.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Seminal children's series...

    by WeylandYutani

    Up there with Sesame Street and The Electric Company. These two series plus Mr Dressup and The Polkadot Door (Canadian viewers will know that latter two) and I suppose Captain Kangaroo (which was a bit before my time) had a major influence on how I consumed media in the mid 80's and early 90s. Although, I have to say that "Mr McFeely" is a rather unfortunate name for a character in a children's series.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Fred Rogers Shoes...

    by Perceptor

    First off... I'd like to point out that I was a huge fan of Fred Rogers growing up. Still am. His efforts in increasing a child's understanding of the confusing world around them is beyond reproach. However, it was the same Fred Rogers that helped me get in tune with my imaginative side which is the side that I tap for humor. As far as negativity goes, my post was only an innuendo free of four letter words. I let the reader fill in the joke, using their own vulgar imaginations.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Pittsburgh is cool now?

    by Roger Moon

    when did that happen

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST


    by Adam Jones

    I checked out your webpage and looked through all those pictures. How absolutely cool that you got to meet all those people. I would think someone in your position could write a book about all the famous people you met. Any juicy tidbits you could enlighten us with?

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Pittsburgh has always been cool, dude

    by mr teaspoon

    I drive past a Mr. Rogers t-rex on the way to work. That's cool.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST

    also, good story about Mr. Rogers

    by mr teaspoon

    A very close friend of my family, while in college, found himself hitch-hiking once (not sure what the deal is behind why), and gets picked up By Fred Rogers himself. Said he was the nicest guy in the world, asked him all about what he's in school for, etc.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    well maybe not a good story

    by mr teaspoon

    *A* story, at any rate.

  • I always knew that Harry didn't hire people who are educated in the finer points of the English language, but dude, what the fuck? Please try to write sentences that actually make sense, especially on BtSPotD. This is your baby... and you just spat in its face with that line. *also: "Every time I see an old man take off his shoes I’ll think of you." - That's just plain creepy man. How many times per day/week/month/year do you see an old man take his shoes off? Whatever. I can tell that you weren't in a good place when you wrote this.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    he was just a poor man's Mr. Dressup! :P

    by Bouncy X

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I loved Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

    by LOST_FAN

    When I was 5 I was watching the show and built The Land of Make Believe out of all my Legos. That was the start of my imagination right there. And it never stopped. Thanks Mr. Rogers!

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Harry's naked animated animation..

    by PG

    Does anyone else find that disturbing he still has that up after a week?? I know I do.

  • You can hate the show, that's fine. But Fred was about as good as a person can be, and saying anything bad about him personally says nothing but volumes about yourself.

  • ... Electric Company, Zoom.. those were what came on after Romper Room & Sesame Street, but nobody ever talks about them... Oscar the Grouch & Big Bird couldn't hold a candle to 'LetterMan' & Spidey!!

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST

    I immediately thought it would be Blue Velvet

    by RexBanner

    based on that headline; which is a weird conclusion to jump to. I guess my childhood is officially dead.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    I called Mr Rogers Mr Poopy face when I was a kid

    by disfigurehead

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST


    by slone13

    Are you kidding? Even at 5 years old I was disgusted with Electric Company's 'Spidey'. There's a reason nobody talks about Electric Company and Zoom anymore. Meanwhile Sesame Street is celebrating 40+ years.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by ATARI

    mommy, mommy, mommy

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    So tomorrow's Ghostbusters?

    by Ricardo

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Martin Lawrence was a fan????

    by GBH

    Oh wait that was Lawrence Martin....

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Confession: I cried when I heard he died.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    He was who he was. I also heard he thought Eddie Murphy's Mr. Robinson's neighborhood was funny.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by GeorgieBoy

    Mr. Rogers was certainly a great person. Did a lot for my generation. He's was probably the one person in America (or the world?) that is universally loved. Practically no one else can lay claim to that!

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    I believe his sweater is in The Smithsonian.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I'm not sure about the shoes.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST


    by Xian042

    what about 3-2-1 Contact and Square 1 TV? Contact got me very interested in science, and S1TV almost got me slightly interested in math.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Mr Rogers was a creeper

    by thedude2010

    Even as a kid I knew that. I avoided watching his show because it made me feel uncomfortable. At the time I didn't know why.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    In one episode

    by vicmackey1268

    he never put on his other at the end he takes off his slippers as he's saying goodbye, puts on one shoe, ties it, then he just says he'll see everyone later...i was like "wait your other shoe!!!"

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST


    by m2298

    The ELECTIC COMPANY Spidey was nothing special, but the show itself was really fun. Great actors, old vaudeville sketches and songs by Tom Lehrer.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Electric Company, Zoon, 3-2-1 Contact

    by bah

    Big Blue Marble, Villa Allegre -- most of those were for slightly older kids. Sesame Street and Mr Rogers were preschool, most of the others were for 1st and 2nd grade.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Re: thedude2010

    by Doctor Manhattan

    Dude, you are one disturbed individual and frankly, a complete asshat. Sounds like projection to me.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST

    It was tense to be around him at times, I heard

    by Scorchy

    His time as a cold-blooded Navy SEAL really did something to him psychologically.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    WTF is wrong with you guys?

    by DangerDave

    You jaded ass fanboys feel the need to bash EVERYTHING? This is Mr. Rogers...

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Henrietta Pussycat

    by Essemtee

    I used to like the way she talked: "Meow-meow-meow-meow telephone." etc. The other puppets were a hoot (X the Owl, haha!) and all voiced by... Fred Rogers himself, wow.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Michael Keaton worked as a crew member on Mr. Rogers's Neighborhood

    by Bobo_Vision

    And he said the crew working on that show were some of the most vulgar, dirty people he has ever met. He talked about it on Letterman, I believe.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    The crayon factory, guys, the crayon factory

    by spacehog

    Possibly my favorite piece of film from my childhood: (Sorry if they've turned it into a speed metal video or something; I'm posting at work and don't have sound.) The man was the closest thing to a legitimate saint I've ever heard of. It's pretty humbling to look back on that show and realize just what he was doing for kids. ...And that Michael Keaton story is going to keep me smiling all day.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST


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  • Aug. 26, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    scorchy: Mr. Rogers was never in the military

    by jawaburger

    It is an urban legend.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Blockteck. ditto, a pal of mine met him once.

    by Knobules

    Said he was one of the nicest persons she ever met. And his demeanor was exactly the same as on the show. Just a nice person. Go Fred.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    What do you mean I can't take off my sweater? I'm Hot!!!

    by phifty2

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I always wanted to see Mr. Rogers play a serial killer in a movie.

    by blackmantis

    That would have freaked audiences out to no end.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Loved this show! Especially the candy factory tours!

    by Darth Macchio

    Like making Hershey's chocolate bars and candy jawbreakers and gumballs! The land of Make-Believe and the Trolly...the puppets...the King and the owl and the kittens The fish tank and when he went to that guy's music shop and they'd usually have a guest musician to play a quick tune. Grew up with it every day and loved it dearly then and have only the fondest of memories of the show today... Plus Roger's tireless crusade to help children of all types and ages in his "real" life (not much different than his tv life). Those of us of age were lucky to be children when his show was this day, I'm captivated utterly by any candy factory tour...probably a boring job to most but Roger's made it a journey of discovery and fun and at the end you had a fresh bar of chocolate!!! The world could use more 'Mr. Rogers' I think... Fantastic BTS pic today, Quint! love this column!!!

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Mr. McFeely...

    by FeralAngel

    That name always made me cringe when I watched the show with the nephews. I really used to wonder about Mr. McFeely. I thought Mr. Rogers was getting in a little zinger there, since McFeely was the neighborhood mailman. You know, delivering his "package" to all the stay-at-home moms. Turns out, though, that "McFeely" was Mr. Roger's middle name. Which kinda makes me wonder about his parents...christ, who gives their kid a name like McFeely? That's some prime bully-bait right there. All lame-ass kidding aside, Mr. Rogers was a good and decent man, and his show was a tonic to many a child dealing with school and family issues. If there's a heaven, you know he's there.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember the Eddie Murphy parodies on Saturday Night Live?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Here's how you answer the door in *my* neighborhood...!" [basso-profundo bark] "WHO IS IT?!

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    still have my autographed pic of Mr.Rogers from '66

    by wayne green

    Also kind of poignant seeing Mr. McFeely walking away since he recently passed on, as well....

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Have you by any chance lost your kitty?

    by Saltboy

    Well, I have her!

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    i don't know who the hell mr rogers is!

    by Y282

    mr. benn, that's where it's at.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    If only

    by thepoohguy

    Every Christian was like Mr. Rogers, there would be a lot less hate for us in the world. I mean look how much people on this site loved him and all that he did. Every one saying what a great genuine person he was. That's how we all should be.

  • Have you guys heard the story of the dudes who stole his car, and when they found out who the car belonged to, they returned it with a letter of apology. Few people garner that much reverence.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by JethroBodine

    Mr. McFeely (David Newell) is still alive.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Fred Rogers always felt like the most genuine person in the world

    by Cartagia

    And by all accounts, he was. As for the Eddie Murphy parody, he supposedly loved it. And his acceptance speech for his honorary Emmy when he made all of Hollywood cry.

  • Like I thought that every aspect of television was orchestrated and planned to the most minute of details, so that it didn’t occur to me that the fish would just be allowed to swim around randomly in the tank. That was before I realized that most people are pretty much just winging it all the time. Mr. Rogers was a fantastic show. There was definitely a zen quality about the way he changed his clothes. He put on a sweater or changed his shoes because that was part of The Way.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Welcome to Uncle Touchy's

    by Geektard_Smasher

    Nakes Puzzle basement. They cut out the scenes where Mr. R gets naked, puts on a cloak of female skin, goes down to the cellar, tucks his dingus between his legs, and dances around to club music while saying "fuck me." Oh shit! Harry is up in the top of the page doing just that!

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    y282: as if by magic

    by ragingfluff

    the shopkeeper appeared

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    jethrobodine -- that senate hearing clip

    by Skraggo

    That was great. I love how the senator started off as a smug, sarcastic asshole, and by halfway through the clip his small heart grew three sizes that day. The power of Rogers compels you.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Loved Mr. Rogers, but lady Elaine scared the shit out of me

    by Stabby

    Still have nightmares of that red pock marked nightmare fright mask and her tiny spinning museum of torture.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    McFeely was his middle name

    by GeorgieBoy

    Just in case you were wondering...

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by Y282

    spot on :)

  • I wasn't sure which thread to post this in, but I figured the BTS pic thread would be appropriate. Lots of love in these threads...and I love you guys..and fear for your safety. Be safe my internet lovers.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ Bobovision

    by Geektard_Smasher

    Thanks for the total creep out. "Be safe my internet lovers?" Goddamn.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Don't judge me

    by Bobo_Vision

    I'm drunk.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    jethrobodine, you magnificent bastard...

    by MurderMostFowl

    That youtube clip made me choke up. Fred Rogers was freaking amazing. Can you imagine someone being this clear, soft spoken and kind going up against a senate board today? I wish there were more people like him.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    old man?

    by DrPhilHartman

    I must be older than Quint, becuase I never thought of him as an "old man", just an adult.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Lady Elaine Fairchild is The Prince of Darkness' aunt.

    by UltraTron

    As horrifying as a trip to K-mart. As bad as starbucks coffee. As insane looking as smoking nuclear cowshit is insane to actually smoke. Nuclear cowshit mixed with piss, cyanide and a few thousand other forms of shit- what the fuck is with smokers? Smoke some fucking pot you suicidal fuck.

  • Aug. 26, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Props to Mr Rogers

    by Autodidact

    A bad-ass in his own way. I remember watching this guy tie his shoes and being like "some day I will do that!"

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Lady Elaine's rosy cheeks and nose point to her being a major boozer

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Lady Elaine Fairchilde? Yeah, I fucked her.

    by UltraTron

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    for kids who couldn't keep up with sesame street

    by FleshMachine

    rip fred. great man.

  • Aug. 27, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the sentiment, bobo


    Drunk to drunk. Fuck geektard. It was heartfelt and we need more of that around here. Ultratron, LMFNAO!

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Thanks for being my neighbor. B-I-T-C-H

    by Bramton1

  • Sept. 23, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    You mean the house was a set?!? OH MY GOD!!!

    by MrMysteryGuest