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be inspired: 6 wonderful facts about mister rogers

Rogers-Mashup
I remember telling my mother one time that I was a little “creeped” out by Mr. Rogers as a kid. I preferred Sesame Street. My mother defended him greatly as if he was a personal friend of hers. I didn’t even know she was a staunch supporter of his work until then. I think she met him once at a function and found him to be a genuinely nice person. I just emailed her this article below and told her that she was right; he was a very nice person. I thought you may be interested and inspired by it too.

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

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.” (Blogger Note: I made it convenient for you so you can watch this wonderful video below)

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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listen & love: don’t give up


Don’t Give Up
by Bruno Mars featuring The Muppets
Sesame Street

When you want to do something that’s new
And it seems really, really hard to do
You feel like quitting, you feel you’re through
Well I have some advice for you

Don’t give up
Keep on trying
You’re gonna make it
I ain’t lying
Don’t give up, don’t ever quit
Try and try and you can do it
Don’t give up, yeah

If you want to catch a ball
But you’re having no luck at all
The ball hits your head, it hits your nose
It hits your belly, your chin and toes
Well, try and try and try again
Keep on trying until the end
You put your hands out in the air
You’ll catch the ball
Yes this I swear

Don’t give up,
Keep on going
You’re on a boat,
So keep on rowing
Don’t give up, don’t ever stop
Try and try and you’ll come out on top
Don’t give up

You got yourself rollerskates
You put them on
And you feel great
You stand up
Then you fall, don’t think you can skate at all
You get back up, then you trip,
You skip and tip and slip, and flip
You try and try and try some more
Soon you’re skating across the floor

Don’t give up, keep on moving,
You’re gonna get there, just keep on grooving
Don’t give up, don’t pack it in
Try and try, and you’ll win
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, no no no
Don’t give up, no no
Don’t give up!
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be active: 170 million americans for public broadcasting

If you enjoy watching Sesame Street with your children or love the cooking shows on PBS or listen to NPR everyday, you probably want to take part in the 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting. This campaign is in direct response to the current funding cuts and even the possible total elimination of  public radio and television, proposed by Congress. Fortunately, there is a way that you can help stop this unfortunate occurrence. Click HERE to find out how you can take action and be part of the 170 million Americans.

be active: katrina revisited

Sometimes, you can be active by simply being aware. Harry Shearer, the writer, comic actor and the voice behind many popular characters of the hit Fox series, The Simpsons, gets serious in his eye-opening documentary on Hurricane Katrina. Released on the 5th Anniversary of the devastating event, Shearer explores the faulty preparation and lackluster response to the hurricane in New Orleans. For more information on the film, The Big Uneasy, click HERE.