Thought You Couldn’t Hold Mr. Rogers In Any Higher Of An Esteem? Check Out These 6 Wonderful Facts

April 23, 2013 | 137 Comments » | Topics: Uncategorized

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1. He basically saved public television. In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds. Mister Rogers then went to Washington where he gave an amazing merely six minute speech. By the end of the speech not only did he charm the hostile Senators, he got them to double the budget they would have initially cut down. The whole thing can be found on youtube, a video called “Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate.”

2. “Certain fundamentalist preachers hated him because, apparently not getting the “kindest man who ever lived” memo, they would ask him to denounce homosexuals. Mr. Rogers’s response? He’d pat the target on the shoulder and say, “God loves you just as you are.” Rogers even belonged to a “More Light” congregation in Pittsburgh, a part of the Presbyterian Church dedicated to welcoming LGBT persons to full participation in the church.”

3. According to a TV Guide piece on him, Fred Rogers drove a plain old Impala for years. One day, however, the car was stolen from the street near the TV station. When Rogers filed a police report, the story was picked up by every newspaper, radio and media outlet around town. Amazingly, within 48 hours the car was left in the exact spot where it was taken from, with an apology on the dashboard. It read, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.”

4. Once, on a fancy trip up to a PBS exec’s house, he heard the limo driver was going to wait outside for 2 hours, so he insisted the driver come in and join them (which flustered the host). On the way back, Rogers sat up front, and when he learned that they were passing the driver’s home on the way, he asked if they could stop in to meet his family. According to the driver, it was one of the best nights of his life—the house supposedly lit up when Rogers arrived, and he played jazz piano and bantered with them late into the night. Further, like with the reporters, Rogers sent him notes and kept in touch with the driver for the rest of his life.

5. Most people have heard of Koko, the Stanford-educated gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in American Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. As Esquire reported, when Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off!

6. Once while rushing to a New York meeting, there were no cabs available, so Rogers and one of his colleagues hopped on the subway. Esquire reported that the car was filled with people, and they assumed they wouldn’t be noticed. But when the crowd spotted Rogers, they all simultaneously burst into song, chanting "It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood." The result made Rogers smile wide.

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  • MacGregor

    “He basically saved public television.” No he didn’t. He may have saved public television in America, but not in any other country.

    “In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds.” Which government? I assume you mean the US government. Please remember this is the WORLD Wide Web

  • MacGregor

    “He basically saved public television.” No he didn’t. He may have saved public television in America, but not in any other country.

    “In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds.” Which government? I assume you mean the US government. Please remember this is the WORLD Wide Web

    • Agonyboy

      Oh, shut up you negative idiot.
      “In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds.” Which government? I assume you mean the US government. Please remember this is the WORLD Wide Web”…..
      Dude….he was an American TV star….I highly doubt he would have gone to another country to save public TV funds. You sir, you need to watch Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, and perhaps The Electric Company so that you can learn how to apply basic logic. The internet has destroyed your ability to think for yourself. All you are is negative. Have a nice day neighbor. :)

    • Agonyboy

      Oh, shut up you negative idiot.
      “In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds.” Which government? I assume you mean the US government. Please remember this is the WORLD Wide Web”…..
      Dude….he was an American TV star….I highly doubt he would have gone to another country to save public TV funds. You sir, you need to watch Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, and perhaps The Electric Company so that you can learn how to apply basic logic. The internet has destroyed your ability to think for yourself. All you are is negative. Have a nice day neighbor. :)

    • Agonyboy

      Oh, shut up you negative idiot.
      “In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds.” Which government? I assume you mean the US government. Please remember this is the WORLD Wide Web”…..
      Dude….he was an American TV star….I highly doubt he would have gone to another country to save public TV funds. You sir, you need to watch Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, and perhaps The Electric Company so that you can learn how to apply basic logic. The internet has destroyed your ability to think for yourself. All you are is negative. Have a nice day neighbor. :)

    • Agonyboy

      Oh, shut up you negative idiot.
      “In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds.” Which government? I assume you mean the US government. Please remember this is the WORLD Wide Web”…..
      Dude….he was an American TV star….I highly doubt he would have gone to another country to save public TV funds. You sir, you need to watch Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, and perhaps The Electric Company so that you can learn how to apply basic logic. The internet has destroyed your ability to think for yourself. All you are is negative. Have a nice day neighbor. :)

    • Agonyboy

      Oh, shut up you negative idiot.
      “In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds.” Which government? I assume you mean the US government. Please remember this is the WORLD Wide Web”…..
      Dude….he was an American TV star….I highly doubt he would have gone to another country to save public TV funds. You sir, you need to watch Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, and perhaps The Electric Company so that you can learn how to apply basic logic. The internet has destroyed your ability to think for yourself. All you are is negative. Have a nice day neighbor. :)

    • Agonyboy

      Oh, shut up you negative idiot.
      “In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds.” Which government? I assume you mean the US government. Please remember this is the WORLD Wide Web”…..
      Dude….he was an American TV star….I highly doubt he would have gone to another country to save public TV funds. You sir, you need to watch Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, and perhaps The Electric Company so that you can learn how to apply basic logic. The internet has destroyed your ability to think for yourself. All you are is negative. Have a nice day neighbor. :)

    • Agonyboy

      Oh, shut up you negative idiot.
      “In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds.” Which government? I assume you mean the US government. Please remember this is the WORLD Wide Web”…..
      Dude….he was an American TV star….I highly doubt he would have gone to another country to save public TV funds. You sir, you need to watch Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, and perhaps The Electric Company so that you can learn how to apply basic logic. The internet has destroyed your ability to think for yourself. All you are is negative. Have a nice day neighbor. :)

      • TYMalone

        Oh, shut up you insular idiot.
        How are the vast majority of people in the World, who are not from the US, to know that he was an American TV star? You sir, you need to realise the most people do not know who or what Mr.Rogers, Seaame Street or The Electric Company is, let alone can watch them. The internet should have taught you there is very much more than what happens in the US. You are an insular, inward looking, naive fool. Don’t have a nice day neighbour (note the correct spelling)

      • TYMalone

        Oh, shut up you insular idiot.
        How are the vast majority of people in the World, who are not from the US, to know that he was an American TV star? You sir, you need to realise the most people do not know who or what Mr.Rogers, Seaame Street or The Electric Company is, let alone can watch them. The internet should have taught you there is very much more than what happens in the US. You are an insular, inward looking, naive fool. Don’t have a nice day neighbour (note the correct spelling)

        • Agonyboy

          Thanks for that….I needed the laugh. :)

        • Songbird66

          In the first paragraph it is noted that he went to Washington to address the Senate. Also, the YouTube clip was called “Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate.” If I didn’t know who he was I would use the internet to find out. The internet has taught me to do my research before I open my mouth. Maybe the internet can teach you how to read. BTW….you spelled Sesame wrong.

        • Songbird66

          In the first paragraph it is noted that he went to Washington to address the Senate. Also, the YouTube clip was called “Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate.” If I didn’t know who he was I would use the internet to find out. The internet has taught me to do my research before I open my mouth. Maybe the internet can teach you how to read. BTW….you spelled Sesame wrong.

          • TYMalone

            I wrote “most people do not know who or what Mr.Rogers, Seaame Street or The Electric Company is, let alone can watch them.” I did not claim I didn’t know who Mister Rogers was. Neither did I write anything about PBS & the US Senate.

            Maybe the internet, or more likely your school teacher, can teach you to properly read comments before replying.

          • TYMalone

            I wrote “most people do not know who or what Mr.Rogers, Seaame Street or The Electric Company is, let alone can watch them.” I did not claim I didn’t know who Mister Rogers was. Neither did I write anything about PBS & the US Senate.

            Maybe the internet, or more likely your school teacher, can teach you to properly read comments before replying.

          • Choo Bakka

            HaHaHa. Songbird66 is a complete dickwad

          • Choo Bakka

            HaHaHa. Songbird66 is a complete dickwad

          • Choo Bakka

            HaHaHa. Songbird66 is a complete dickwad

          • Section8

            @Songbird66 – the point is that most people do not know who these characters are. It is arrogant to assume that American pop culture is not universally understood, and people such as yourself should realise that America is not the World

          • Jay Jai

            if you don’t know who he is then why the fuck are you reading this article? is it written in english? then it must be from a country where english is it’s primary language. that narrows it down quite a bit. next it says: senate, washington, but most importantly it listed PBS. all american. your comprehension sucks. big time. don’t get mad at someone because you’re stupid. that’s like getting angry at fire because you got burned.

          • thatguyknows

            Why all the swearing? Can’t you tell someone they are wrong without losing your composure? Do you need a time-out?

          • thatguyknows

            That’s not the Mr Rogers way – he would have been ok with polite disagreement, but certainly not name-calling. Now take off your shoes.

          • Lis Carey

            You missed the rather clear indicators of the fact that Mr. Rogers was an American, and defended American public television, signaled rather clearly in the article: It says he went to Washington to do so, and that the title of the video is “Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate.” You don’t have to have had previous knowledge of the existence of Fred Rogers in order to pick up these rather obvious clues.

          • LISA P.

            that’s tellin’ him/her!

          • LISA P.

            Wow…u r just an annoying Miss know-it-all! You really need to get over yourself, sista!!

          • LISA P.

            …or brotha!

        • thatguyknows

          ‘Shut up’ is rude – did you forget?

        • LISA P.

          Neighborhood can be spelled both ways, like liquor, and liqueur. The difference is one is typically used in the US and the other (neighbourhood) in some European countries. You should really get your facts straight before u go bashing someone else. Oh and…get a life!

          • LISA P.

            …meant neighbor and neighbour.

          • LISA P.

            …And u need to REALIZE (note correct spelling) that ur the idiot here!

          • frogers fan

            It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…
            Would you be my…
            Could you be my…
            Won’t you be my neighbor.

      • Fred

        It’s silly to get mad over that. You don’t have to prove anything. God loves you both just the way you are.

      • http://twitter.com/creeple Alice

        Fred Rogers > Postman Pat

    • starship_captain

      You posted that inane comment just to know that your screen name would stain other people’s screens.

      • Ness

        thank you.

  • Lumley

    I did know who Mr Rogers was also

    • Lumley

      I meant didnt know

    • Lumley

      I meant didnt know

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Slater/100000705568102 Susan Slater

    He wasn’t stalking for any crumb of negativity so follow t his positive viewpoint & self respect & respect & appreciation of all beings ! You cant go wrong with that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Anne-Peschke/1287685665 Carol Anne Peschke

    He rocks like no other.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kei-Yuuki/100001439998233 Kei Yuuki

    I see nobody mentioned he was a Sniper in the Vietnam war.

  • Woubbie

    I’m privileged to live in Pittsburgh, and It’s wonderful to hear how many lives he touched here and around the world.

  • sfm153

    He was a truly enlightened, genuine, and caring person. Sadly it seems few people have learned from his exemplary example of what it is to be truly human.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.gold.90 Sam Gold

    The man.

  • JeffreyK

    Uh, “any higher of an esteem” ??? I doubt that Fred Rogers would have EVER used such a contorted, ungrammatical construction.

    • Grammar Police

      Yeah, you can omit “of an,” and use “any higher esteem.”

  • Derbymon

    A goodfellow.
    The older I get, the better he seems to me.

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    • Morgan Sheridan

      Did you miss the item below the Ned Hardy header: “Curating the best stuff from the internet”?

      • http://www.bitranch.com Esther Schindler

        There is a difference between curation and stealing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deadletter Meester Deadletterb
  • Candy

    Love you Fred !

  • jjdoe

    He also went to congress and saved the VCR! (which the networks did NOT want people to have)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathleen.neely Kathleen Elizabeth Neely

    I always loved Mr. Rogers, when my first son was born, I was only 17, so we would watch it together…

  • ActualWomanW/ThoughtsInHerHead

    The only disappointing thing about this story is the ads all around it on this site, ads with scantily clad women in sexual postures, no matter what the headline. Mr. Rogers would feel as sickened as I am, I’m sure. Never seen this Ned Hardy site before, and never will be back. Gross.

  • ActualWomanW/ThoughtsInHerHead

    The only disappointing thing about this story is the ads all around it on this site, ads with scantily clad women in sexual postures, no matter what the headline. Mr. Rogers would feel as sickened as I am, I’m sure. Never seen this Ned Hardy site before, and never will be back. Gross.

  • ActualWomanW/ThoughtsInHerHead

    The only disappointing thing about this story is the ads all around it on this site, ads with scantily clad women in sexual postures, no matter what the headline. Mr. Rogers would feel as sickened as I am, I’m sure. Never seen this Ned Hardy site before, and never will be back. Gross.

    • starship_captain

      Read the story. Ignore the ads.

    • Adblocker Plus

      Install Adblocker Plus. Screw the advertisers.

      • LAGirlfromBmore

        I’m not seeing any ads – but then again, I have Adblocker Plus!

      • http://www.beenthere1.com/ BeenThere

        I did too and it didn’t work for me until I rebooted my computer.

  • h4x354x0r

    Plagiarized or not, I missed the Mental Floss one, but noticed this one. Mr. Rogers was a truly gifted man, with an extraordinary talent for communicating with young children. I’m just happy to be reminded of how thoughtfully and helpfully he used his talents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.bumgarner.7 Paul Bumgarner

    gotta smile,

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

  • Clala

    The stolen car story is widely circulated, but also probably a legend: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp

    • David Gibler

      Snopes is garbage.

  • http://www.alfidicapital.com/ Anthony J. Alfidi

    Mr. Rogers did children a tremendous disservice by giving them unrealisticly high expectations of human behavior. I hated watching his show as a child because he insulted my intelligence.

    • David Gibler

      You apparently never had any to begin with. Perhaps you should have been watching as a child, rather than a nothing of a man?

      • LISA P.

        OUCH!!!!!

        • LISA P.

          YOU DO ALL REALIZE, AS ADULTS, THAT ALL THE GOODNESS OF HIS NEIGHBORHOOD, STAYED IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD! SAD, BUT TRUE!

          • Daniel M.

            You are always looking for negativity in other people, which is why you always find it. I know many good people and I work with many more of them as a fireman. When I got in a car accident a few months ago, two EMTs, a nurse, and a First Responder all stopped their cars immediately to help me and call 911. Maybe if you’d stop wasting your time trying to find solely the bad things about human beings, you might realize our potential for good work.

          • LISA P.

            Whoa, easy there, pal! “I am ALWAYS looking for the negativity in others”. And you think you know me so well, how? What I wrote was a tongue in cheek comment, and in no way reflects who I am or describes my core belief system. Quite the contrary I was raised to always look for the good in people and am the first to praise the do-gooders and offer credit where it’s due for their random acts of kindness and hold the highest regard for their contribution to others and to our society, as a whole. In fact, I’d like to consider myself one of those people.

          • LISA P.

            Lisa >Daniel…addendum…
            And…since we’re offering advice, here, please allow me the same courtesy; You should never judge a book by it’s cover, or allow your defenses to get the best of you. I happen to be a very soulful and compassionate being always looking for the good in EVERYONE, redardless of the countless times I have been deceived by them. In addition, Over time I have been blessed enough to have found the best in most people, and this my friend was time well spent, NOT “wasting my time looking solely for the bad things in humans”. I have no room in my heart for that! God knows my heart, and frankly, that’s all that matters to me. You have yourself a pleasant day, now, ya hear…and bless you…;-)

          • http://www.beenthere1.com/ BeenThere

            Why not stay in the neighbor hood…..it was safe, pleasant, fun, no bullying or fighting, kids learned to help others and they all learned to share and speak with kindness. Sounds like you got none of that.

          • Lisa P

            To Been There…apparently you did not bother to read my reply to the last bozo who felt the need to bash my post! And FYI…I happen to be raising a daughter who is a kind, thoughtful, respectful, and loving 11 year old, which is a difficult feat as a single mom living in this crazy, mixed up world. So chill, my friend, was just reflecting on how the other half have had to live. Unfortunately, there are too many people who never got to experience the ‘neighborhood’, at least not the hood of Mr. Rogers. Their reality never even touched down on his neighborhood…sad but true. So don’t go judging me by one harmless comment. Just sayin.
            .

  • Pinky Nixon

    Mr. Rogers is great. “Any higher of an esteem?” Somebody needs an editor.

  • Brian thibodeau

    I am a big fan of Mister Rogers. These 6 items do not surprise me. I love the Man and even though he has left the neighborhood – his legacy goes on and on!

  • UninvitedChristopherGuest

    Mr. Rogers creeped me out as a kid. I know he was a genuinely gentle soul, but as a kid I had nightmares where the King and Queen hand puppets would terrorize me with those squeaky voices. I was a sensitive child and had a peptic ulcer by the time I was in third grade…

  • Eddie Browning

    Mr.Rogers taught us many things in life.The one that stuck with me is there is good in everyone,if you just take the time to find it.I still find that to be true in my life today.And I try to find the good in people.And overlook the little flaws we all have.the ones that make us so different,yet the same

  • Vallontina

    Gesh people! How come so many negative things being said about Mr. Rogers. He was a great source of entertainment for children. I don’t care what kind of things are circulating around the internet about him, I will always remember how he kept my attention and the attention of the kids I babysat for. I’ve seen him interviewed and he never had a nasty thing to say about anyone or anything. If only we had the innocence of those childhood days back.

  • Andrew

    I had a lot of pain in my childhood but was always comforted when I watched Mr. Rogers ‘ neighborhood.

  • jimbrown1776

    This article is a despicable example of revisionist history the way you hate on religious people. The author should be ashamed, and we should all set a better example for our young people. Love not hate.

    • http://susankeeping.blogspot.com/ Susan Keeping

      What are you talking about?

      • jimbrown1776

        The author miscategorizes religious people as haters. The author is wrong, and should be ashamed.

    • FloridaJudy

      Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister. Where’s the hate for him here?

      • jimbrown1776

        Im not bashing Mr Rogers- I’m bashing the author of this article for being dishonest via revisionist history.

  • patsy58

    Mr. Rogers is my “hero” category!!! Miss this man greatly!!!

  • Mic Robinson

    he was one of the only television personalities worthy of being called a ‘role model’. i think he made the world a better place for children and adults, alike.

  • Stanley Trent Bemis

    i had never paid any attention to mr,rogers,but this article came as a delightful surprize!!!

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