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Mr. Rogers
It appears that Mr. Rogers died today. It's a shame...it's sad whenever anybody dies. Sad for his family, sad for his loved ones, sad for those he left behind.

I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, given how much I've read today about how well-loved he was, but here goes....I never especially liked Mr. Rogers. No, not the guy -- I never met the guy, so I don't know if I would have liked him personally or not. The TV show. Yes, I watched it as a child. Didn't we all? But really I just watched it for the Land of Make-Believe. That was the only part I liked. The little train would go into the tunnel, and I'd smile. I loved those puppets.

But the rest of the show? Well, I don't remember much of it. I just remember not especially liking it. I just put up with it, waiting for the train. I wondered things like: why was he always changing clothes? Why the shoes, and if he had to change them, why wasn't he putting on a pair of cool running shoes like I always wore? Why was he always so subdued? (Although I'm not sure I used or even knew the word 'subdued' as a child, that's the feeling I get when I remember those shows.)

"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood," I still can hum that song he'd sing. It was always the same song, and he'd always toss his shoes from hand to hand as he sang, so peaceful, gentle, yet cheerful. Too peaceful, gentle, and cheerful for my tastes, maybe. Maybe there was simply not enough energy in the show for the little girl rennie. Not enough passion and excitement...too much repetition. Too much sitting quietly in the living-room.

I don't know! I haven't seen the show in years. Maybe I'll check it out again; the articles I've read say it's still aired on PBS. Everything I've read about him sounds like he was a very good man. So for that reason, I'm sorry he's gone...we need more good people in the world, people spreading messages of peace and gentleness, people working publicly to to help children and to make the world a happier place.

People who still take all of us on train-rides to the Land of Make-Believe.

...even if they insist on musically changing into sweaters and flimsy canvas shoes first.
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simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: February 27th, 2003 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)

heh ...

I remember the same thing ... waiting for the Land of Make Believe. I sometimes liked when we'd see a tour of a factory or something and see how crayons were made or something, but I thought a lot of the rest of it went a bit slow. But I *loved* the land of Make Believe. All else I could wait through for that!

In later years I heard of a lot of the things he did for people and kids in general, and I just really admire all he gave of himself, for so long.

Anyway, yeah - what you said ... The Land of Make Believe - hop on the trolley!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 27th, 2003 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Good!

I'm glad it's not just me!
juliebata From: juliebata Date: February 27th, 2003 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Kid Stuff...

I'm sad, Mr Rogers was cool, I always liked him, but I was a pretty shy and quiet kid. He was so... calming. That's something today's hyper and overscheduled kids could certainly use...
I absolutely LIVED for Sesame Street! It started in 1969, when I was 4, and I watched it every single day. I can still sing many of the songs. If I ever did something naughty (which wasn't very often!) my punishment was to NOT be allowed to watch Sesame Street that day! Horrors!!
Do you remember the Electric Company? I loved that show too. 30 years later, and I still can't see Morgan Freeman without seeing "Easy Reader." I wonder if it can be found on video?

Oh well, I'll light a candle for Mr Rogers...
-Juliebata



renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 28th, 2003 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kid Stuff...

I liked Seseame Street very much. Then the Electric Company...also after that they had a show for older kids called 3-2-1 Contact, which I liked more than both the others!
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: February 27th, 2003 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's not just you...

As a kid, I liked the Neigborhood of Make-Believe most at first. Sometimes I liked the occasional craft segments, and I always liked the bakery because of the quiet in the kitchen song. As I grew older, I liked the unconditional acceptance in the Mr. Rogers parts. And I liked some of the little snippets he would give in the show: how to be angry, the fact that you can't get flushed down the toilet, that grownups get upset too. But I always found whatever movie he showed on "picture picture" to be deadly dull.

Oddly, when my first marriage ended, I would race home from work, sit on the floor, and watch Mr. Rogers. Not the whole show. But when Bob Costas (isn't that who the pianist was?) played that fabulous opening riff and the door opened and Mr. Rogers began to sing to me, I always found myself smiling.
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