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(Some Neighborhood)   From the "did you know?" file: Mr. Rogers was instrumental in establishing home-taping rights in the Betamax case back in 1979   ( en.wikipedia.org) divider line
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2007-01-05 02:43:58 AM  
Mr. Rogers was the dude. He should have his own holiday.
 
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2007-01-05 02:46:00 AM  
I heard he was an ex-Marine sniper with 152 confirmed kills.

/it's true
 
2007-01-05 03:08:28 AM  
Check YouTube for the video of him testifying before Congress to get funding for Public Broadcasting.

Mr. Rogers rules.
 
2007-01-05 03:33:45 AM  
Very frankly, I am opposed to people being programmed by others. My whole approach in broadcasting has always been "You are an important person just the way you are. You can make healthy decisions." Maybe I'm going on too long, but I just feel that anything that allows a person to be more active in the control of his or her life, in a healthy way, is important.


Nicely put, Mr. Rogers.
 
2007-01-05 07:22:02 AM  
That was f*cking Sony...Wasn't it.
 
2007-01-05 07:46:46 AM  
That's clearly a clerical error. It should have been filed under "Did you care?".
 
2007-01-05 07:48:06 AM  
I wonder if he drank Rolling Rock?
 
2007-01-05 07:48:50 AM  
I heard he had the longest unofficial free throw in basketball history. 187'. It's not in the record books because of questions about a spring up his cardigan.
 
2007-01-05 07:49:55 AM  
Again, Mr. Rogers > Chuck Norris

/This is the ultimate showdown
//of ultimate destiny
 
2007-01-05 07:53:11 AM  
Check YouTube for the video of him testifying before Congress to get funding for Public Broadcasting.

Link

Very interesting...
 
2007-01-05 07:54:01 AM  
[image from robert.ettinger.com too old to be available]

/obligatory
 
2007-01-05 07:55:39 AM  
coyote1284: Again, Mr. Rogers > Chuck Norris

/This is the ultimate showdown
//of ultimate destiny


That would be worth selling tickets.
 
2007-01-05 07:58:47 AM  
24: The number of cardigans Rogers had over the course of his career

Changed his sweaters about as often as Farkers change their u-trou.
 
2007-01-05 08:01:22 AM  
I heard he was able to leg press 2000 pounds.

/Really!
 
2007-01-05 08:02:01 AM  
One of the few good guys.
 
2007-01-05 08:02:38 AM  
Mr. Rogers once stopped a runaway truck with only his neck.
 
2007-01-05 08:03:33 AM  
Except for his special blood stained 25th cardigan, which he reserves for kicking ass.
 
2007-01-05 08:03:49 AM  
That video of Mr. Rogers just gave me tears in my eyes. Back in the days of plain ol' airwaves-color-TVs, Mr. Rogers was part of the fun lineup: Captain Kangaroo, the Electric Company, and Sesame Street. It wasn't that Mr. Rogers made me feel "special"...I was cynical about TV even back then. What Mr. Rogers did for me is to show me that real people, without a hint of pretension, could be sweet, caring, and honest about what they think and feel. That was his impact on me.
 
2007-01-05 08:04:00 AM  
Can you say "cool dude"? I knew you could.
 
2007-01-05 08:05:03 AM  
Contrary to popular belief, Mr. Rogers, not the box jellyfish of northern Australia, is the most venomous creature on earth. Within 3 minutes of being bitten by Mr. Rogers, a human being experiences the following symptoms: fever, blurred vision, beard rash, tightness of the jeans, and the feeling of being repeatedly kicked through a car windshield.

/seriously, the guy is awesome
 
2007-01-05 08:06:53 AM  
No child fears falling down the bathtub drain because Mr. Rogers traveled under the earth and slew the monsters in all the plumbing systems of the world.
 
2007-01-05 08:07:18 AM  
theoriste: That video of Mr. Rogers just gave me tears in my eyes. Back in the days of plain ol' airwaves-color-TVs, Mr. Rogers was part of the fun lineup: Captain Kangaroo, the Electric Company, and Sesame Street. It wasn't that Mr. Rogers made me feel "special"...I was cynical about TV even back then. What Mr. Rogers did for me is to show me that real people, without a hint of pretension, could be sweet, caring, and honest about what they think and feel. That was his impact on me.

I really don't understand how anyone can do what he did and really just be as honest and good as he was. What a guy.

/"Looks like you just earned the 20 million dollars."
 
2007-01-05 08:08:45 AM  
It seems like he felt the same way about VCRs as the South Park creators feel about teh internets... The more people that can watch, the better.
 
2007-01-05 08:09:04 AM  
Broken9754: I really don't understand how anyone can do what he did and really just be as honest and good as he was. What a guy.

That's what's so great about him. Every now and then some journalist trying to make a name for himself would head out and try to dig up the real dirt on Mr. Rogers - only to find that there WASN'T ANY.
 
2007-01-05 08:11:03 AM  
Mr. Rogers once shot a man for snoring too loud.

Mr. Rogers > Chuck Norris > Brian Boitano

Triangular death match??

/I'm in ur hoodz, usin ur imaginationz!
//Er.. Usin' my imaginationz?
 
2007-01-05 08:11:25 AM  
Mr. Roger's is like that one ninja/asian mobster in a huge brawl who is all quiet and standing to the side of the fight that everyone is waiting to do something -- and as soon as you look away ---BEEEYAWW!---- he has kicked everyones arse and is lightly brushing off his shirt --- or in Mr Roger's case his sweater.
 
2007-01-05 08:11:37 AM  
That is what a hero looks like.
 
2007-01-05 08:13:28 AM  
So where's the part about him molesting some kid? Am I remembering that right?
 
2007-01-05 08:13:29 AM  
I guess we need him now to fight DRM. Too bad he's gone. Oh well, I'm sure the CEO of Sony Corp or someone will stand up to take his place.
 
2007-01-05 08:19:17 AM  
Narc_

So where's the part about him molesting some kid? Am I remembering that right?

Not quite
 
2007-01-05 08:20:17 AM  
GlitchCog: I guess we need him now to fight DRM. Too bad he's gone. Oh well, I'm sure the CEO of Sony Corp or someone will stand up to take his place.

Heh heh heh... my, how the tables have turned, now that Sony's on the other end of things. Sony makes me sick!

/RIP Fred Rogers... you rule....
 
2007-01-05 08:21:01 AM  
Did I ever tell you about the time Mr. Rogers took me out to go get a drink with him? We go off looking for a bar and we can't find one. Finally Rogers takes me to a vacant lot and says, 'Here we are.' We sat there for a year and a half and sure enough someone constructs a bar around us. The day they opened we ordered a shot, drank it, and then burned the place to the ground. Rogers yelled over the roar of the flames, 'Always leave things the way you found em!'"
 
2007-01-05 08:21:23 AM  
Narc_: So where's the part about him molesting some kid? Am I remembering that right?

Because this is FARK, I am guessing you jest... but just in case, that is an urban legend that has been debunked on snopes.

Fred McFeeley Rogers didn't molest anybody. Mr. Green Jeans, on the other hand....
 
2007-01-05 08:21:59 AM  
[image from img167.imageshack.us too old to be available]

It's too bad there are so few people in the world who are like what Fred Rogers used to be.
 
2007-01-05 08:23:08 AM  
Narc_

Have you no integrity? You'd want to be damn sure you're right before saying something like that - lest somebody should believe it to be the truth.
 
2007-01-05 08:26:00 AM  
christ, I just want to kill everyone in the fred phelps cult right now and save fred for last. Oh how he would suffer at my hands.
 
2007-01-05 08:27:15 AM  
 
2007-01-05 08:31:01 AM  
I <3 Mr. Rogers.
 
2007-01-05 08:31:28 AM  
Mr. Rogers is about the only person I can think of about whom I've never heard anything bad (nothing credible anyway). The closest thing is a rumor that he once walked in on his teenage son making out with a girl on the couch, cussed them out, and the girl was so shocked at being cussed out by Mr. Rogers that she had to undergo therapy to deal with it. Even if true, that's not bad -- that's hilarious.
 
2007-01-05 08:31:51 AM  
I actually lived in his neighborhood, growing up.
Nicest guy on the street.
Outside of my own dad, of course.
The rest of the "men" on the block were layabouts, and generally abusive.
The real world could use a few more, nay, a lot more men like Fred.
We would have few wars with men, real men, in charge.
Not like the immature bone heads currently sucking up our tax dollars to line their own pockets with.
RIP, Fred. You are missed.
 
2007-01-05 08:32:40 AM  
Mr rogers once had Chuck Noris in a headlock and crying like a baby.
 
2007-01-05 08:32:57 AM  
HAVE MY BABIES MISTER ROGERS!!!! *ILU*
 
2007-01-05 08:33:40 AM  
I was almost raped once and just before the actual rape took place Mr Rogers saved me!
 
2007-01-05 08:34:11 AM  
What I want to know is, what does Snopes have to say about this?

/Mr. Rogers is my Lord and Saviour
 
2007-01-05 08:38:43 AM  
Seriously, lets see how many heros we can dig up today. I personally would like to nominate the guy who does some random shiat in some city in America (oh wait 2 out of 3 of those have already been submitted today).

/I'm bitter
//Didn't know I was working at 8 today until 3 last night
///It was bad, but I had Chic-fil-a biscuts and the were good
////I NOMINATE TRUETT CATHY, A TRUE AMERICAN HERO
//and of course slashies
 
2007-01-05 08:39:55 AM  
Can you say "Time Shift" boys and girls. (pause) I knew you could. It's time to go to the magic kingdom... (not me man, I gotta drive..
 
2007-01-05 08:44:16 AM  
Did you know...Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister?

That's right, if you wanted to, you could have Mr. Roger's marry you and your sweetheart.
 
2007-01-05 08:45:06 AM  
Best use of the hero tag, ever. (The anecdote about his car being stolen is priceless)
 
2007-01-05 08:48:09 AM  
Apparently, Rogers had been driving the same car for years, an old second-hand Impala. Then it was stolen from its parking spot near the WQED studio. Rogers filed a police report, the story was picked up by local news outlets, and general shock swept across town. Within 48 hours, the car was back in the spot where he left it, along with a note saying "If we'd known it was yours, we never would have taken it!"
 
2007-01-05 08:50:21 AM  
in his final week of episodes of the original run in 1976, Rogers used a U-Matic VCR

I worked for a facility that used U-matic format to tape and distribute graduate-level college classes to off-campus locations. Back when 1200 baud was a FAST modem, and the 3.5" DD floppy was a big deal. Good times.

/Welcome to my lawn.
 
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