Monday, July 28, 2008
15 Things You Didn't Know About Everyone's Favorite Neighbor
He's been parodied and poked fun at as much as he's been idolized, but there's no denying that Mister Rogers is an icon of children's television. Growing up in the 70s, I watched my three favorite PBS shows in this programming order: Sesame Street, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and The Electric Company (remember Rita Moreno belting out "Heeeeeeey yooooooo GUYSSSSSS!!!"?) But I will admit that I didn't appreciate Mr. Rogers as much as I can now as an adult. After a certain age, his show was far too babyish, his patient, dictated banter a bit too slow, and even as a cat lover, listening to a cat puppet say nothing but "Meow meow meow meow meow meow!" became a bit annoying. To be fair, I did nickname my last female feline Henrietta Pussycat.
But then I came across this interesting article on CNN today, "15 Reasons Mr. Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Ever." I don't want to spoil the best tidbits, so you'll have to click through to the article to be surprised. Fred Rogers rocked. When I was through I thought to myself, "Yes, pal, I would be your neighbor anytime."