Mr. Rogers Rocks!!!
If I have a reputation for being lame, which I believe I do, this post might be considered the epitome of my lameness. As a child I watched Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. I loved him and his puppet friends; Henrietta “Meow Meow” Pussycat, King Friday, Daniel the Tiger and even the scheming Lady Elaine Fairchild. I think my first crush might have been on Lady Aberlin. Even today I wish Handyman Negri would pop over to help me hook up my DVD player. I’ll admit that Mr. McFeely got on my nerves a little, but all in all, Mr. Roger’s neighborhood was a wonderful show that made me feel loved and safe.
I realize in this age of MTV, computers and homicidal video games that Mr. Roger’s might seem out of touch, perhaps irrelevant, but for those of you who are open-minded and not completely desensitized, I implore you to watch the video link at the bottom of this post. It’s truly remarkable that one can so clearly see such goodness and passion being demonstrated out of pure love. The clip shows Rogers speaking to the U.S. Senate asking for public money for children’s programming. There’s not much more I can say about it other than either this wonderful video moves you, or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, I’d say that you have emotional issues and should seek some kind of counseling to get in touch with your humanity. I realize that I do a television show that would probably not have been on Mr. Roger’s playlist…he sadly passed away in February, 2003. However, my idiotic career does not preclude me from appreciating Mr. Roger’s incredible commitment to this craft and the children he cared so much about.
P.S. Yes, I’m serious about this.