Wednesday, February 27, 2008

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Frederick McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) a.k.a Mr. Rogers past away 4 yrs ago today...

I always thought he was kinda weird in a pyshco type of way w/ his hand up a puppets butt and the rumors didn't help but at the same time i thought "man this muthaf*cker got style! cardigans and keds, what?!?"
* 5: The age at which Rogers began playing piano
* 8: The percentage of households tuned in to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood at its ratings peak, in 1985.
* 24: The number of cardigans Rogers had over the course of his career, the sweaters he wore on the show were hand knit by his mother.
* 33: Number of seasons that Mister Rogers' Neighborhood produced new episodes
* 40: Number of honorary degrees awarded to Rogers
* 60: Number of seconds of silence that Rogers would ask for at speaking engagements; he would instruct the audience to use the minute of silence to remember those who helped them become who they were.
* 200: Number of songs Rogers wrote during his career

False Rumors:
Rogers has been the subject of a number of persistent but false rumors, mostly to the effect that he hid a violent or criminal past. These include rumors that he served in the military during the Vietnam War or Korean War, particularly as a sniper or a Navy SEAL, with a large number of confirmed kills; rumors that he had tattoos on his arms (supposedly gotten while in the military), and wore long-sleeved cardigans so as to keep them hidden; rumors that he was a convicted child molester, and that this had led to his becoming the host of a television program for children; and a rumor that he "flipped the bird" to his young audience during the taping of his last show. These rumors have been thoroughly debunked. For instance, not only is there no record of Rogers having served in the military, but there are not even any gaps in his career during which he might have done so, and he was too old for military service during the Vietnam War.

well thanks mr. rodgers for teaching me the fundamentals.

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