25 May 2006

Mr. Rogers goes to Washington

In case you ever doubted that Fred Rogers ("Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood") was one of the greatest people ever- not that you would- check out this video clip of him testifying before Congress in 1969, making the case for funding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Very, very powerful.


Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

That's an amazing clip; I've got it on the Mr. Rogers America's Favorite Neighbor DVD I got as a PBS Pledge Drive thingy (though I think it's since been released to stores). It is SOOO good, but so sad that he had to die. Mr. Rogers is my hero.

10:03 PM, May 25, 2006  
Blogger Lee H. said...

Ah, I bet somebody converted this clip from that DVD to put it online. I was wondering where the hell anyone was able to find it.

When I first saw it I was afraid he was going to be a little flustered by the Senator's interruptions and whatnot, but like the Buddha he was, he was totally unfazed. Just awesome.

How is that DVD?? I see it on Amazon... I wonder if I'd even be able to watch it without being all teary-eyed. :)

7:24 PM, May 26, 2006  
Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

It is AMAZING. It's packed full of footage, and the Main Program is excellent, too -- including a bunch of his early pre-neighborhood stuff (which had some of the characters still, like King Friday) -- but it's amazing, because a lot of the time you don't really realize how much of a great sense of humor Mr. Rogers had -- there's bits that are just HILARIOUS from his early show.

Mr. Rogers is really a national treasure. I think if more people were like him, we'd be a lot better off. I try to be like him where I can, really. I'm not just sayin' hyperbole when I say that he's my hero -- he honestly is. Pretty much more so than anyone else. I've often wanted to get into Children's Television because of him -- it's just a matter of not really, y'know, knowing how, I guess. But I would love to do a PBS-type children's show. But I think the best thing about him was that he really truly loved everyone. I like that he weighed 143 pounds -- enough for the letters in "I Love You".

Mr. Rogers is one of the most beautiful people I know, even though I never met him.

7:49 PM, May 26, 2006  

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