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.