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The Nicest Man In History Had A Shocking Secret You Never Knew About


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JL
- 764 days ago - upworthy.com
Religious preaching often lacks a message of love and compassion. Mr. Rogers was able to do the exact opposite. In my opinion, that's the way religion ought to be done.



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JL A. (281)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 7:43 pm
The Nicest Man In History Had A Shocking Secret You Never Knew About
Religious preaching often lacks a message of love and compassion. Mr. Rogers was able to do the exact opposite. In my opinion, that's the way religion ought to be done. I may be a little biased though, since I grew up thinking Mr. Rogers was some kind of superhero who happened to have a magical kindgom hiding behind his dining room. Come to think of it, has anyone ever seen Fred Rogers and Superman in the same place at the same time?

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Angelika R. (147)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 7:56 pm
?? don't get in..probably because neither have I heard this name before nor ever seen any superman movies.
 

JL A. (281)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 8:32 pm
He was behind the first Public Broadcasting Station's children's show...and a major voice for public funding during the decades his show was on the air.
 

John B. (122)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 8:37 pm
Thanks J.L. for the marvelous post. Mr. Rogers was one of a kind. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, some forty honorary degrees and a Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, was recognized by two Congressional resolutions, and was ranked No. 35 among TV Guide's Fifty Greatest TV Stars of All Time. Several buildings and artworks in Pennsylvania are dedicated to his memory, and the Smithsonian Institution displays one of his trademark sweaters as a "Treasure of American History". I also had the privilege of watching his now-famous testimony to a U.S. Senate committee, advocating government funding for children's television. Read and noted. Oh, I don't think superman could hold a candle to Mr Rogers,IMHO
 

JL A. (281)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 8:54 pm
You are welcome John and thanks so much for filling in some of the history and awards for our international readers! I, too, had the privilege of watching his testimony. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day.
 

Terry V. (30)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 9:52 pm
My son LOVED watching Mister Rogers. The good OLD days!!!
THANKS
 

Paul Girardin (126)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 10:02 pm
That's the way it should always be!

Don't preach, just show what love and acceptance is!
 

Suzanne L. (133)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 10:26 pm
I didn't start watching Mr. Rogers until I was in university and I happened on his show by accident. I became a daily watcher and fan. He had the ability to bring calmness and a sense of warmth to his audience. When I watched his show my stress level plummeted. He was one of a kind. I'm glad to know that he received lots of recognition because he really deserved it. Thanks for posting JL.
 

Rosemary Rannes (648)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 10:50 pm
JL thank you so much for posting this article about Mr. Rogers. My children adored him for his calm, even tone, awesome smile and fun demeanour. His theme song was sung every day at the end of every episode! His simple yet profound message always found it's way into our hearts, young and old!
He is missed but never forgotten. Thanks Mr. Rogers for keeping 'it real' ...
" "You always make each day a special day. You know how: By just your being you/yourself. There's only one person in the (whole) world that's like you, and that's you. And people can like you just/exactly the way you are."
 

Maureen C. (4)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 10:54 pm
Oh, Angelica R., if you've never heard of Mr. Rogers or Mister Roger's Neighborhood (the name of his TV show), you must be very young, or the last person to get a TV. It was one of the best and gentlest shows for young kids, and ran every weekday for about 30 years, as I remember.

 

Glenn Byrnes (195)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 12:30 am
Noted. Thank you.
 

Dana W. (9)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 12:38 am
Noted and signed
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (412)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:24 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Sherri G. (121)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 2:24 am
Noted and signed my Friend.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 3:05 am
Noted, thanks.
 

JL A. (281)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 7:27 am
You are welcome Kerrie, Giana, Glenn, Rosemary, Suzanne, and Terry! Maureen, Angelika lives in Germany where the show was not broadcast.
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Past Member (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 7:38 am
I have never heard of Mr rogers either

Noted thanks
 

Anna M. (18)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 7:42 am
my children loved Mr Rogers and I let them watch him because he didn't spew religion, he just taught the right way to do the right thing
 

JL A. (281)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 7:44 am
You are welcome Carol--I think his show was only possible in the US
 

Michael Kirkby (90)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:08 am
I never watched it though I do know the name. I guess maybe I'm more familiar with Eddie Murphy's SNL skit, "It's A Wonderful Day In The Neighborhood....Can you spelll ------- boys and girl?"
 

pam w. (139)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:08 am
If ALL religious people were as unassuming, genuine and quiet about their convictions....those of us who are repelled by organized religion might be able to enjoy it.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 10:47 am
Although I was a bit too old to be watching Mr. Rogers, I just thought he was the kindest man I ever saw on tv. He kept me completely captivated by his gentle manner, his interaction with others (whether they be puppet or human).
A program tragically would probably do poorly in the ratings as children up to 6 lost a great deal of innocence due to ipads, and computer apps.
 

Michael O. (175)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 11:12 am
I fondly recall watching Fred Rogers' TV show, as well as that of his Canadian friend, Ernie "Mr. Dressup" Coombs, as a child. Their contributions to children's television are sorely missed.
 

Joanne Dixon (41)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 12:09 pm
The one honor he should have received and didn't was sainthood.
For those not in the US, I think you may be able to see some episodes here:

http://www.yidio.com/show/mister-rogers-neighborhood?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Search&utm_campaign=mister-rogers-neighborhood&utm_term=mister%20rogers%20neighborhood&sf_campaign=Broad+Show+List&sf_adgroup=mister-rogers-neighborhood&sf_adid=11699669291&sf_keyword=mister%20rogers%20neighborhood&sf_type=b&sf_placement=&gclid=CO3z09C4hLYCFdOHMgodMG8A3Q

Sorry it's such an awful link, but I scrolled down and counted 44 episodes (out of a total of 864 made) they say can be accessed and viewed.

There are also some full episodes on YouTube. Search "mr rogers"
 

JL A. (281)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 12:18 pm
Wonderful comments as we journey down memory lane or learn about something new.
Joanne, Presbyterians are a reformed denomination, none of which do sainthoods. Thanks for the links.
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g d c. (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:32 pm
hmmm
 

Marlene Dinkins (262)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:43 pm
notato HMMMM!!!! i used to watch him!!!! I miss his Epissodes!!!!! grazie J>L
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 2:02 pm
Lead by example and not ostentatious behavior that draws attention to oneself. It's called humility.
 

Shawna S. (44)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 2:19 pm
"Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" was a great program. Too bad he had to keep his secret. Imagine anyone knowingly watching a child's program started by/starring a minister? I can't either. That's the point. Too bad some successes need have secrets.
 

JL A. (281)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 2:46 pm
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cynthia B. (239)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 3:39 pm
He was one of a kind and deserves more awards A kind gentle man that led by example
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 3:59 pm
http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-moments-that-prove-mr.-rogers-was-greatest-american/

In fact, http://www.cracked.com/search/search.php?sa=search&q=mister+rogers
That's a lot of articles referring to Mister Rogers on that site.

and then there's this, for which there cannot possibly be any explanation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwBK31tC5QM
 

JL A. (281)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 4:22 pm
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Sharyn Palacio (0)
Monday March 18, 2013, 5:57 am
Thanks for the memories!
 

Nancy M. (201)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:17 am
Great information. Thanks
 

JL A. (281)
Monday March 18, 2013, 4:12 pm
You are welcome Nancy
 

Latoya Brookins (23)
Monday April 8, 2013, 10:41 pm
I don't get why it is shocking.

I know a lot of religious people that are like him. He reminds me a little of my maternal grandfather, also a minister.
 

JL A. (281)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:36 am
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