Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Today's Trivia - Mr. Rogers Was Just As Nice Off-Screen

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.

Well.

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...



11 comments:

  1. Funny isn't it, I would consider this small-in-stature man much stonger and more worthy of admiration than any muscle bound athlete. I love Mr. Rogers.

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  2. I loved his show, it was so relaxing and considerate. He and Mr. Dress-up, Ernie Coombs, (they were very close friends) were one in a multi-million.

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    1. Both terrific men. I was a huge fan of Mr. Dress-up!

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  3. I just love this post. I always just loved Mr. Rogers and thought that he was the kindest person in the world when I was a little girl. He was uncompromisingly kind and loving. That is very difficult to find in a world with so many people trying to find fault with others.

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    1. He was very kind...and incredibly patient! The world needs more people like that. Everyone is in such a hurry. And so many people are so critical and impatient.

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  4. I have seen several documentaries about him. Nothing but admiration and praise from all of those that knew him.

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    1. I know. He really left his mark in a positive way. That's a nice way to go.

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  5. And he was a veteran. Captain Kangaroo (his real name leaves me) served in the same time. The war was what changed Mr Rogers. If I read the truth, somewhere long ago.

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