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Bunnycub

A Toast to the Kindest Man in the world

This morning while checking "Monster Blood Tattoo" on tv tropes, one of the other hits was "Mister Rogers Neighborhood"  and I knew I had to see the page.  if only to make sure the urban legends of him being listed as a sniper, or child molester were listed as untrue on the page (there were listed as thoroughly discredited which is as it should be).  

But as I read the page I came to realise what a poorer world this is with out Mr Rogers in and I also learned a few things about the man that made me smile.  This man, this kind gentle man had twice faced down congress.  Once when PBS was faced with a 9 million dollar budget,  he spoke to congress and in a move that can only be described as amazing not only convinced them not to cut the budget,  they instead increased PBS's budget by 20 million dollars.  The second time was over home taping, they were looking into making taping of television shows against the law and most folks say the reason it never happened is all down to Mr Rogers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q

The more I hear about him the more I wish I'd really gotten to know the man.  one thing that had mad me sad was to learn he was a minister,  I felt that in some one that would mean he could not approve of some one like me a gay man,  (oddly enough I never wondered about what he'd think of me being a furry, but it was still cool to learn he had planned to wear a giraffe costume  on air with big bird) But then I learned that some fundamentalist preachers hated him because, once when asked to denounce a nearby group of homosexuals. He smiled walked up group of gay folk patted one on the  shoulder and told them all, "God loves you just as you are."

A lot of people point out that on when you meet that person who on tv was soo nice and kind often in  in real life it turns out not to me true.  But Mr Rogers was the exception to that he was the man you so on tv and the people who knew him will till you so.

I'll leave you with a last link,  before I go to wipe away my tears and toast to an old friend I'd almost forgotten I had.  Here is Mr Rogers himself saying good bye.

http://youtu.be/ZAttFerhtnw
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Added: 6 years, 3 months ago
 
CursedFerret
6 years, 3 months ago
He was definitely one in a billion. Just a great example of how to live all around and should be a leading example for others.

And this classic moment while singing a simple children's song. The smile he gives right at the moment says everything. X3

http://youtu.be/Xlow12sSdmc
Bunnycub
6 years, 3 months ago
thats cute.  It's entirely innocent being part of the song but you can tell by that smile he knows how it looks.

It reminds me of a story I read about how Mr Rodgers inspired Night of the living dead
A young George Romero was behind the camera when Mister Rogers got a tonsillectomy, and the experience was so squicky that it got him interested in horror.   When the movie was finished, Romero showed Rogers an advanced screening of the movie. He thought it was fun!

CursedFerret
6 years, 3 months ago
Yeah, one of hose real odd couples that actually happened.

George Romero and Mr Rogers working together XD
Bunnycub
6 years, 3 months ago
Want to know something else I learned thats cool?
Mr Rogers is a Minor god in DND

http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Mr._Rogers_%283.5e_Deity%29

I found that today and wished I had a DND group.  I want to roll a cleric of Mr Rogers

His favored weapon?  A kind word and gentle smile.  

No matter what land you visit, chances are you'll find at least one person who has at least heard of Mr. Rogers. Those who follow him strictly always greet others as "neighbor", and welcome them to their home regardless of the danger which may proceed.


Also does it suprise anyone the Mr Rogers is a god but Barny is a mind controlling deamon who preys on children
http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~cosley/humorlist/mail0027...
Thanatos
6 years, 3 months ago
He was also marine special forces and wore a sweater because of his sleeves of tattoos
Bunnycub
6 years, 3 months ago
actually he wasn't that's one of the urban legends that surround the man he didn't have any tattoos.   It's in the similar vein to the legend that says John Denver was a sniper with a high tally of kills with his rifle named "sunshine".  Some one on the show was a military vet though John Pierce the musical director
FennyTFox
6 years, 3 months ago
I was raised on Mr. Rogers, and I really wish I had had an opportunity to meet him before his passing. The link at the end kinda brought a tear to my eye, seeing such a wonderful and loving man that I know is no longer there. Makes the whole world seem a little less bright, knowing that.

But. it also makes me want to go out and show that same love he had. To show what he had shown for so so many years, to so many people that needed him there.
Bunnycub
6 years, 3 months ago
I know the feeling.  while It's not going to happen any day soon.  I am hopping to be a dad (most likely adoptive) and one of the things I'm planning on doing is raising them in the neighbor hood.  I don't think we can count on there being another Mr Rogers, we can try our best to live up to his example but I'm going to bring him along to back me up.
FennyTFox
6 years, 3 months ago
Yeah, there will likely never be another Mr. Rogers, or even close. But I feel the same, we have to try and live up to his example - and he will always be there to back us up, through all the shows he did in his long run as the greatest childrens' entertainer of all time.

At some point in my future, I want kids (like you, it will likely be adoptive), I want to be a dad. And I most certainly will raise them in the neighborhood.


Also, just as a side note about the post, since you brought up his being a minister. He was a Presbyterian minister, and was a member of a More Light congregation - a group that encourages people that are gay, lesbian, trans, etc. to come to the Lord [in attendance and even in the ministry] - from his return to the US onwards.
Bunnycub
6 years, 3 months ago
yeah I learned that earlier today as well.  And I have heard of them and other welcoming ministries. it's just when I first learned he was a minister, it was at a time when almost all I heard from anyone remotely religious on the subject was hate an bile.  Partly my fault in that I would listen to focus on the family on the way into work to "spy on the enemy"  which would piss me off to no end.  I knew there were religous figures that not just tolerated but welcomes gay people but most of what I heard was not that sort of thing. So when I heard he was a minster it kinda set in my mind that he'd disapprove.   So when I learned other wise today... well it makes me wonder why I ever thought other wise I mean he told me I was the best me I could be then I should have known in his eyes that being gay would not change that.  But it was still good to hear.
FennyTFox
6 years, 3 months ago
It is definitely a good thing to know, for sure, that he was just as accepting and loving to gays as to anyone else. Warms your heart a bit, to know it - at least it does to me.

But I entirely understand what you mean. So many times that you hear so-called "Christians" it is the ones that are full of hatred and anger, rarely the loving and Christ-like people that are truly what the entire faith was meant to be about. I see the same so much even in my own church -my family church is Baptist, so they tend to be a bit too legalistic.  I will never understand why anyone can be so bigoted and full of hate as Focus on the Family or those jerks.


[But, I have to admit, I loved hearing my pastor this last weekend preaching that everyone is welcome -pointing out that gays should be welcomed and accepted just as anyone else- and that saying anything else is wrong and un-Christian. Still hurt a bit to hear him describe it as a sin to leave, but one step at a time, I guess...]
Bunnycub
6 years, 3 months ago
If anyone might get me back into a church it might be Mr Rogers.  He's made me think today.  I've always believed in a god but not so much in the one talked about in a church.  
FennyTFox
6 years, 3 months ago
I think this is true for a lot of people, really. I find it hard to believe that there is nothing/no one there, but I also find it hard to believe in the "God" that many people make him out to be.
ChanceProwlers
6 years, 3 months ago
He really was a great man..
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