You’ve undoubtedly heard of Fred McFeely Rogers (Mr. Rogers), the American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author and television host of Mister Roger’s Neighbourhood (an American children’s television series that ran from 1968 – 2001). In the TV show, he was portrayed as a gentle, soft-spoken individual with oodles of patience and kindness geared toward his audience.
It seems that the caring and gentle personality you saw on television is the same personality Mr. Rogers had off-screen. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, and a man with tremendous faith, one of the things he preached about considerably was tolerance. When he was asked to castigate non-Christians for their differing beliefs, or gays for their ‘sinful’ lifestyles, he would instead say to them with sincerity “God loves you just the way you are.” This often ticked off fundamentalists. And you gotta love that.
You were one cool guy, Mr. Rogers. You are missed...