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(NPR)   Why Mr. Rogers is a pivotal figure in modern childhood education. Prince Tuesday agrees   (npr.org) divider line 52
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2014-05-25 09:59:23 AM
Daniel Tiger is a far cry from Mr. Rogers.
 
2014-05-25 10:19:14 AM
I miss him.

I used to work at Borders in Monroeville, PA and Mr. McFeely (postman) would occasionally do storytelling with the kids. He would be in character and it was heaven.
 
2014-05-25 11:01:32 AM
i595.photobucket.com
"Hello, children.  Let's see what's happening in Uncle Touchy's special tickle closet."

/i'm so sorry
 
2014-05-25 11:12:30 AM
Those puppets creeped me the fark out, but the train was awesome.
 
2014-05-25 11:21:05 AM
Trolley!

I'll be fifty next year; I will never forget how Mr. Rogers made four-year-old me feel like I was an important part of his day.

And I remember how shocked I was to find out that Cervantes ripped off Mr. Rogers's Donkey Hodie.
 
2014-05-25 11:45:54 AM
The man was a deeply religious man, but he didn't shove it down your throat. He was the man that the Christian faith is SUPPOSED to be modeled after.  He was a genuine good person, through and through.  My favorite story about him.

Upon arriving at the fancy home of a WGBH executive, the limo driver, Billy, turned to Rogers and asked when he should return to pick them up.
"Why, where are you going?" Rogers answered, and promptly invited Billy to join them for dinner - much to the bewilderment of the hostess.
On the way back to the hotel, Rogers sat in front, so he could find out more about Billy.  When he discovered they'd be passing Billy's house, Rogers suggested they stop in to meet Billy's parents.
"So there we all are," Lisa says, "getting out of a limo in the middle of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, to meet the driver's parents.  We walk in the door, and there's Billy's dad coming down the stairs in his bathrobe, a cigarette dangling from his lips.  He takes one look at Fred and yells, 'Holy (sheepdip)!  You're Mister Rogers!'"
"Then, suddenly it was like the whole neighborhood showed up," Lisa continues. "People brought cookies, and Fred was playing the piano - it was just magical."
Billy and his family never forgot that night (who could?), but apparently, Rogers didn't either.  A few years later, when he learned that Billy was dying of AIDS, he took time out from his vacation to call the hospital.
Think about it.  You're on your deathbed, and Mister Rogers calls to comfort you.  That, indeed, is a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
 
2014-05-25 11:55:49 AM
The world could use another Mr. Rogers.  

There's just so much despair and hate in the world, that it would be great to know there's one person who you could go to for comfort and the assurance that you're ok, just the way you are.
 
2014-05-25 12:19:39 PM
 
2014-05-25 12:27:08 PM

InterruptingQuirk: Daniel Tiger is a far cry from Mr. Rogers.


It is but it's really not that bad. My toddler loves it and it reinforces the lessons we are teaching him about sharing, eating veggies, etc.
 
2014-05-25 12:27:22 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: [i595.photobucket.com image 383x293]
"Hello, children.  Let's see what's happening in Uncle Touchy's special tickle closet."

/i'm so sorry


If you really were, you would have never posted that, asshat.
 
2014-05-25 12:31:56 PM
Mr. Rodgers was one of those rare truly kind people. None of the funny business we see with other kid oriented entertainers/educators.
 
2014-05-25 12:34:16 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: [i595.photobucket.com image 383x293]
"Hello, children.  Let's see what's happening in Uncle Touchy's special tickle closet."

/i'm so sorry


Poor taste even for Fark.
 
2014-05-25 12:42:25 PM

Cymbal: InterruptingQuirk: Daniel Tiger is a far cry from Mr. Rogers.

It is but it's really not that bad. My toddler loves it and it reinforces the lessons we are teaching him about sharing, eating veggies, etc.



Who was the idiot writer who decided to have Prince Tuesday work part time as a restaurant waiter? Seriously? Being a private business' celebrity front-man and lackey? That's so wrong on so many levels.

Sure, you want the dauphin to learn responsibility and contribute, and I guess he's too young for a commission as a military or diplomatic officer, but what the hell, man? Give HRH some governmental internship with which to start learning the business of governing the Neighbourhood, be a spokesman for the Make-Believe Tourism Council, or do volunteer work with the RSPCA or something. He's surely on the civil list, so it's not like he doesn't have income. His Majesty could make the boy's allowance contingent on his unpaid work, so as to achieve the same end of HRH learning to earn his pay, whilst not sullying the crown in someone's private enterprise.
 
2014-05-25 12:47:29 PM
 
2014-05-25 12:49:17 PM
 
2014-05-25 01:06:20 PM

Prophet of Loss: Mr. Rodgers was one of those rare truly kind people. None of the funny business we see with other kid oriented entertainers/educators.


This.
He was a little after my pre-school time, but from what I've seen, he was the kind of kid's TV host I would've liked.  He didn't condescend to kids, he didn't dress up in wacky animal costumes, he didn't pretend to be a kid, or anything that he wasn't.  He was a nice man that spoke to kids so that they could understand what he was getting at, and he genuinely loved kids.  Compared to the hosts of other kids TV shows, (even the kid-hosts), he is the least "creepy" of any of them.
 
2014-05-25 01:21:47 PM
The most amazing thing about Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, is that it's such a simple, boiled-down premise.  And yet, in the age of "Hollywood's Out Of Ideas," nothing's even come close to imitating it or capturing its magic.
 
2014-05-25 01:34:21 PM

jayphat: The man was a deeply religious man, but he didn't shove it down your throat. He was the man that the Christian faith is SUPPOSED to be modeled after.  He was a genuine good person, through and through.  My favorite story about him.

Upon arriving at the fancy home of a WGBH executive, the limo driver, Billy, turned to Rogers and asked when he should return to pick them up.
"Why, where are you going?" Rogers answered, and promptly invited Billy to join them for dinner - much to the bewilderment of the hostess.
On the way back to the hotel, Rogers sat in front, so he could find out more about Billy.  When he discovered they'd be passing Billy's house, Rogers suggested they stop in to meet Billy's parents.
"So there we all are," Lisa says, "getting out of a limo in the middle of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, to meet the driver's parents.  We walk in the door, and there's Billy's dad coming down the stairs in his bathrobe, a cigarette dangling from his lips.  He takes one look at Fred and yells, 'Holy (sheepdip)!  You're Mister Rogers!'"
"Then, suddenly it was like the whole neighborhood showed up," Lisa continues. "People brought cookies, and Fred was playing the piano - it was just magical."
Billy and his family never forgot that night (who could?), but apparently, Rogers didn't either.  A few years later, when he learned that Billy was dying of AIDS, he took time out from his vacation to call the hospital.
Think about it.  You're on your deathbed, and Mister Rogers calls to comfort you.  That, indeed, is a beautiful day in the neighborhood.


That would be a mic drop thread over csb most of the time, but with Mister Rogers, that's just one story of hundreds not yet told.
 
2014-05-25 01:45:02 PM

OtherLittleGuy: That would be a mic drop thread over csb most of the time, but with Mister Rogers, that's just one story of hundreds not yet told.


Like the apocryphal story of him babysitting his grand-children in Pittsburgh. When he started to leave, he discovered his car was stolen. The next day - the thief/thieves having presumably rifled though the glove compartment and read the registration, along with a MRN script - his car was discovered in front of his house, the only thing missing being a folding 'director' chair from the trunk.
 
2014-05-25 01:46:24 PM
If there is a second coming of Christ, I hope he reminds us of Mister Rogers.
 
2014-05-25 01:52:55 PM

HopScotchNSoda: OtherLittleGuy: That would be a mic drop thread over csb most of the time, but with Mister Rogers, that's just one story of hundreds not yet told.

Like the apocryphal story of him babysitting his grand-children in Pittsburgh. When he started to leave, he discovered his car was stolen. The next day - the thief/thieves having presumably rifled though the glove compartment and read the registration, along with a MRN script - his car was discovered in front of his house, the only thing missing being a folding 'director' chair from the trunk.


That one often ends with a local crime boss catching wind of the theft, the two car thieves checking into a hospital with matching injuries, and the car (or a brand new replacement) being returned to the victim with a handwritten apology from the thieves and a substantial gift for the victim to make up for the trouble it caused him.  B^D
 
2014-05-25 02:32:06 PM

Cymbal: InterruptingQuirk: Daniel Tiger is a far cry from Mr. Rogers.

It is but it's really not that bad. My toddler loves it and it reinforces the lessons we are teaching him about sharing, eating veggies, etc.


It's not Mister Rogers, but it's still one of the best things on tv. Emotional development is so important at that age, and the only other show that ever focused on that was Barney. Needless to say, Daniel Tiger is less annoying.
 
2014-05-25 02:39:36 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: [i595.photobucket.com image 383x293]
"Hello, children.  Let's see what's happening in Uncle Touchy's special tickle closet."

/i'm so sorry


Riiiiight.

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2014-05-25 02:47:25 PM

Miss Stein: Doctor Funkenstein: [i595.photobucket.com image 383x293]
"Hello, children.  Let's see what's happening in Uncle Touchy's special tickle closet."

/i'm so sorry

Riiiiight.

[i759.photobucket.com image 320x290]


Even though that photo is taken out of context (it was some kind of game he was playing with some children) I'm still baffled that he didn't realize (or that someone didn't tell him) that it probably wasn't the best idea to hold up that particular finger in that way.
 
2014-05-25 02:55:55 PM
Seemed like a great guy, but am I the only one who remembers the show to be a little on the dull side?
 
2014-05-25 03:04:52 PM

Hand Banana: Miss Stein: Doctor Funkenstein: [i595.photobucket.com image 383x293]
"Hello, children.  Let's see what's happening in Uncle Touchy's special tickle closet."

/i'm so sorry

Riiiiight.

[i759.photobucket.com image 320x290]

Even though that photo is taken out of context (it was some kind of game he was playing with some children) I'm still baffled that he didn't realize (or that someone didn't tell him) that it probably wasn't the best idea to hold up that particular finger in that way.


Considering it was a popular game/song in which to teach children the fingers, it's sort of unfair to impress modern sensibility to it.
 
2014-05-25 03:08:12 PM

DrewCurtisJr: Seemed like a great guy, but am I the only one who remembers the show to be a little on the dull side?


Compared to the ADD inducing shows sponsored by Choco Covered Sugar Bombs, it is a little dull, but it actually teaches pre-school children rather than distracts them.
 
2014-05-25 03:14:32 PM
On a somewhat related topic, does anyone know if Kevin Smith ever definitively stated whether Betty Aberlin was playing the same unnamed nun in Dogma and Jersey Girl, or if she was playing two different unnamed nuns?
 
2014-05-25 03:17:05 PM

Summoner101: Hand Banana: Miss Stein: Doctor Funkenstein: [i595.photobucket.com image 383x293]
"Hello, children.  Let's see what's happening in Uncle Touchy's special tickle closet."

/i'm so sorry

Riiiiight.

[i759.photobucket.com image 320x290]

Even though that photo is taken out of context (it was some kind of game he was playing with some children) I'm still baffled that he didn't realize (or that someone didn't tell him) that it probably wasn't the best idea to hold up that particular finger in that way.

Considering it was a popular game/song in which to teach children the fingers, it's sort of unfair to impress modern sensibility to it.


Watch the clip.  Mid-way through, he realizes how it looks.
 
2014-05-25 03:47:10 PM

DrewCurtisJr: Seemed like a great guy, but am I the only one who remembers the show to be a little on the dull side?


It was for me. The puppets were odd and the only thing I liked was picture picture, when he showed how crayons or what not was made.
 
2014-05-25 03:54:41 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: [i595.photobucket.com image 383x293]
"Hello, children.  Let's see what's happening in Uncle Touchy's special tickle closet."

/i'm so sorry


Bravo, you magnificent bastard.
 
2014-05-25 04:07:09 PM

InterruptingQuirk: Daniel Tiger is a far cry from Mr. Rogers.


Big shoes to fill. I think it does the job as well as could be hoped for.
 
2014-05-25 04:11:50 PM

mesmer242: Cymbal: InterruptingQuirk: Daniel Tiger is a far cry from Mr. Rogers.

It is but it's really not that bad. My toddler loves it and it reinforces the lessons we are teaching him about sharing, eating veggies, etc.

It's not Mister Rogers, but it's still one of the best things on tv. Emotional development is so important at that age, and the only other show that ever focused on that was Barney. Needless to say, Daniel Tiger is less annoying.


The potty training episode was helpful with my two and a half year old last year.the songs are catchy and teach lessons.
 
2014-05-25 04:18:54 PM

Zumaki: InterruptingQuirk: Daniel Tiger is a far cry from Mr. Rogers.

Big shoes to fill. I think it does the job as well as could be hoped for.



It's kind of weird that they retconned Grandpereto be Daniel Striped Tiger's father (and thus Daniel Tiger's grandfather), rather than leaving him as DST's grandfather.

And who knew that Lady Elaine had the jungle fever?

Has Lady Aberlin even been mentioned? Is she dead? Was she banished? Did Mom Tiger insist on Daniel Striped Tiger breaking off all contact with her because of feeling threatened by their quasi mother-son relationship? Was she caught trying to lock her cousins TRH The Princes Tuesday and Wednesday in the tower so she could ascend to the throne? Damn it, people want to know!
 
2014-05-25 04:54:13 PM

Miss Stein: Summoner101: Hand Banana: Miss Stein: Doctor Funkenstein: [i595.photobucket.com image 383x293]
"Hello, children.  Let's see what's happening in Uncle Touchy's special tickle closet."

/i'm so sorry

Riiiiight.

[i759.photobucket.com image 320x290]

Even though that photo is taken out of context (it was some kind of game he was playing with some children) I'm still baffled that he didn't realize (or that someone didn't tell him) that it probably wasn't the best idea to hold up that particular finger in that way.

Considering it was a popular game/song in which to teach children the fingers, it's sort of unfair to impress modern sensibility to it.

Watch the clip.  Mid-way through, he realizes how it looks.


Why has nobody screen captured the double middle finger?
 
2014-05-25 05:32:49 PM
I think his more important legacy is all those Viet Cong he killed as a sniper in 'Nam.
 
2014-05-25 06:25:17 PM

Martonio: The world could use another Mr. Rogers.  

There's just so much despair and hate in the world, that it would be great to know there's one person who you could go to for comfort and the assurance that you're ok, just the way you are.


so much this.

I was raised watching him, and damn i miss him,

/manly tears
 
2014-05-25 07:32:09 PM
Miss Fred, too. Pardon him for being a gentle soul.

Lady Elaine, Queen Sarah, Henrietta Pussycat & Miss Aberlin will always be divas to me.  Good ones.
 
2014-05-25 07:40:14 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: "Hello, children.  Let's see what's happening in Uncle Touchy's special tickle closet."

/i'm so sorry


Funniest thing I have ever seen.

That being said my son is 1 and a half and he loves Daniel Tiger. It's a good gentle show that actually teaches the kids something.

Beats the hell out of anything on Nick Jr and Disney.
 
2014-05-25 08:54:41 PM
"Want to go to the Magic Kingdom?"

"Just did some 'shrooms, dude.  I'm on my way!"
 
2014-05-25 08:55:21 PM

Cymbal: InterruptingQuirk: Daniel Tiger is a far cry from Mr. Rogers.

It is but it's really not that bad. My toddler loves it and it reinforces the lessons we are teaching him about sharing, eating veggies, etc.


The songs sure do have a mantra effect on them, I'll give you that. ♫Clean up, pick up, put away♫ Clean up, everyday♫ If they want to 'whistle while they work', that's fine by me, but they keep on singing those songs 30 minutes past when the task/activity is done. I wonder about the psyops engineering that went into them.

It would be nice if Daniel Tiger incorporated the 'How's it Made?' bits that Mr Rogers had, not to mention the fact that it was a real human being talking to them and the puppetry was so much more engaging than the hyper saturated world of Daniel Tiger. I imagine psyops wins again though because it entrances them with ease. And that's why we set the timer on the TV so that if we walk out of the room, it turns off before another show starts and we move on to other things.
 
2014-05-25 09:14:11 PM
This is why Mr rogers wins the ultimate showdown.

/on cruddy mobile or I would link
 
2014-05-25 11:04:41 PM
It was from watching Mister Rogers that I learned how Astronauts poop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8p1dZpYKts

www.collectspace.com

Yes. That is Apollo Astronaut Al FARKING Worden of Apollo 15, flying a rocket ship and being a space chauffeur to a Panda. You are not having a bad prescription reaction.
 
2014-05-25 11:59:15 PM
"If you have to go potty, stop, ...and go right away."
There is something about the rhythm in every one of those songs that's infectious.
 
2014-05-26 12:16:56 AM
In honor of this fine gentleman, I am only thinking of a cheap shot at his expense, rather than writing it down here.
 
2014-05-26 01:25:08 AM
Mr. Rogers goes down as an example of everything I looked up to when I was a kid - wisdom, kindness, gentleness, and a soft, patient heart that truly loved everyone and everything on this planet, no matter who it was.

As an adult, he now stands for everything I strive to be every day that I walk this planet...for those exact same reasons. There are not many like him, but I hope that there may be one day. On that day, it would be a quite glorious world that we live in.

/One of my heroes when I was a kid
//My grandfather was the other one...along with Batman
///Yes, yes. "One of those things is not like the other"
 
2014-05-26 04:07:04 AM
IT's not a Mr. Rodgers' thread without mentioning Jeff Erlanger:

Background Jeff and Mr. Rodgers.

Mr. Rodgers receiving another lifetime award with a surprise visit by Jeff as an adult -- Fred had not seen Jeff since he was a child. Fred was visibly moved.

Jeff tragically died in 2007 when he was eating alone and choked on some food. That was as sad a day hearing the news as it was when we lost Fred 4 years earlier.
 
2014-05-26 08:00:38 AM

fusillade762: I think his more important legacy is all those Viet Cong he killed as a sniper in 'Nam.


Fake story. He was already on TV during Viet Nam (and Korea).
 
2014-05-26 08:18:16 AM
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2014-05-26 08:30:25 AM
The_Philosopher_King:
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Manly tears.

Every time.
 
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