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    Gentle Mr. Rogers died of stomach cancer today. I remember my son watching him and being so happy when he explained to children they could not be flushed down the toilet or go down the drain of the bath tub. He thought of things children worried about, things we never considered.

    [ 02-27-2003, 05:13 PM: Message edited by: Mitzi1 ]

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    I put on my cardigan and slippers this afternoon, just for him... Bon voyage, Fred.
    If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?

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      Koko, the signing gorilla, is allowed very few visitors but Mr. Rogers was one. Koko LOVED him. She took off his shoes and socks and inspected his feet. Everytime he would try to leave, she would run get a book or something to keep him there. She knew a gentle soul when she saw one.

      [ 02-27-2003, 07:04 PM: Message edited by: Mitzi1 ]

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      • #4
        I remember watching him with my kids when they were small. I stopped watching when they thought they were too big for that type of show but when I heard he died I felt very sad. There aren't many entertainment people we can look up to these days.

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          I grew up on Mr. Rodgers in the days before Barney and the Teletubbies. Every show I watched taught me something new about the world. It is sad to think that a whole generation of children will miss his teachings.

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          • #6
            I grew up watching him and loved him, he really did seem "real." He taught values, and like Mitzi said, explained things that kids thought about and felt and wanted to know. He relied on no electronic gimmicks (unless you consider the trolley one lol); hard to find nowadays. It really makes me feel that "those were the good ol' days!" bye Mr. Rogers.
            "You did what you knew how to do...and when you knew better, you did better." ~~Maya Angelou

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            • #7
              one of the few good guys on tv, that's for sure.

              "won't you be my neighbor?"
              I'll post, You argue.

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              • #8
                One of my parent's fondest memories is of Mister Rodgers. Apparently, Sesame Street would have me jumping up and down and hyper. I guess it was all the colors and the other kids and stuff.

                Then, on comes Mr Rodgers, and little Wil (that's me) just sits down and calmly listens. They thought it was really cute the way I'd settle down to watch him.
                I am disrespectful to dirt. Can you see that I am serious? - Mr. Sparkle

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                • #9
                  Did anyone know Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister? All those years I saw him, before I ever learned that.
                  Never make a drummer mad- we beat things for a living!

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, though I only learned it during a rebroadcast of an interview with him (on NPR) after he died.

                    He made a point of not allowing his own personal religious views to show through on Mr. Rogers. He said that the worst thing he could do was make a child feel excluded.

                    Just another example of what a great man he was. I miss him.

                    [ 03-02-2003, 12:53 PM: Message edited by: PeacefulDragon ]
                    "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day. " -- ???

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