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(Originally posted on: 02-27-03 07:49:15 PM)
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Fred Rogers, who became a nurturing television friend to millions of children as host of the public television program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," died of cancer on Thursday at 74, his producer said.



full story is here: http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20030227_92.html

there have been three things in my life that have cause me the most grief. losing my maternal grandfather, my fraternal grandmother dying at her home, and now the man who taught me how crayons are made, how to be calm and unconditionally good, and what it's like on the other side of the trolly tracks, Fred Rogers.

I wept at lunch, then again at my desk before i came home. if anybody needs a tissue, i've got a box right here.

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Reply 1 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-27-03 08:07:11 PM)
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All I know of the man is what I saw of him on 'Family Guy'. And seeing how it's a cartoon and all it means I don't know anything about him. I think when Dr. Smith died I was more distraught, and then all I did was wear my Lost in space T-shirt with him on it in his honour.
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Reply 2 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-27-03 08:14:44 PM)
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"SaDDest"

And Mr. Rogers was the shiznit, yo.
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Reply 3 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-27-03 08:26:31 PM)
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I remember watching his biography on A&E about a year ago and crying like a baby. Off camera, he's the same nice guy. This woman came up to him with her teenage kid and 7 year old and they were all so excited to see him that it made me cry. I cried for 30 minutes after that. Probably because of my nutcase hormones, but I was happy, too.

I don't want to read the article, because I'll definitely cry again.
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Reply 4 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-27-03 08:46:40 PM)
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Yeah, really sad.
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Reply 5 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-27-03 09:01:02 PM)
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Quoted from Stevo:
"SaDDest"

And Mr. Rogers was the shiznit, yo.


thanks for the catch, yo.

*pours out a 40 for his homeslice mr. rogers*
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Reply 6 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-27-03 09:41:33 PM)
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Mr. Rogers rocked.

It is pretty sad.

He taught me how crayons were made to...

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Reply 7 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-27-03 10:48:24 PM)
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This event has a double sadness factor for me. Thinking back to the show also reminds me that I was watching it when my dad came home and told me that my dog had been put to sleep because she had cancer.
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Reply 8 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-27-03 11:45:45 PM)
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I hated those damn puppets...but his sweaters and sneakers always amused me... odd.
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Reply 9 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-27-03 11:49:48 PM)
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I loved his fish tank.

At the end of the show, when he took off his "house" shoes, sometimes he never put any back on to go outside. I paid attention to this. Sometimes he only put one on, sometimes none.
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Reply 10 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 12:17:16 AM)
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It wasn't stomach cancer... it was SADDAM!
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Reply 11 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 12:25:22 AM)
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Mister Rogers is dead at 74? I could have sworn he was a hundred and twenty something.
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Reply 12 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:49:06 AM)
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he was a great guy. i remember watching the show when was little, and probably when i was too old to be watching it.
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Reply 13 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 03:32:12 AM)
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Mr. Rogers Neighborhood is the only show I can think of that never jumped the shark. It really sucks he's dead, and really surprising that he was 74 years old, he's been around forever.
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Reply 14 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 07:29:10 AM)
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Quoted from mirthalac:
the man who taught me how crayons are made

I remember that episode. *bursts into tears*

May Mr. Rogers rest in peace. Trolley and King Friday and Mr. McFeely... all gone.
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Reply 15 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 08:28:20 AM)
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Reply 16 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 11:02:28 AM)
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It's like the giant gaping hole in my heart has just been filled with acid. I hated his puppets, but I loved whenever he changed his clothes. And the crayons, oh god the crayons! *starts to cry*
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Reply 17 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 11:16:56 AM)
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It was never on TV here. The closest I got was the "Mr. Robinsons Neighbourhood" sketch by Eddie Murphy. 74 is still a bit young. Cancer is horrible.
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Reply 18 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 12:01:15 PM)
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Quoted from JamesMartigo:
It was never on TV here. The closest I got was the "Mr. Robinsons Neighbourhood" sketch by Eddie Murphy. 74 is still a bit young. Cancer is horrible.


Eddie Murphy recalled in an interview the first time he met mr. rogers.
As the interview went, Murphy was in the same building as Rogers when a production assistant told him that Rogers wanted to speak with him. Murphy feared that Rogers was going to share a piece of his mind for bastardizing his show. IIRC Murphy tried to sneak out but ran into Rogers in the elevator with nobody around. When the doors closed Rogers said to Murphy, "Eddie Murphy I'd like to talk with you." Murphy feared the verbal ass reaming would begin. "I've seen your parody of my show on Saturday Night Live." Here it comes, Murphy's thinking. "I'd just like to tell you that I think it's very funny."

Fred Rogers, the most grounded man ever. *pours out another 40 for his fallen hero*
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Reply 19 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 12:36:25 PM)
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Reply 20 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 12:52:57 PM)
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transcript of his speech to the Dartmouth graduating class of last year is here. some of them didn't want him to show up. and this was his last public appearence.

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Reply 21 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:17:29 PM)
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In 1968, when I was 2, my mom propped me up in front of the television and the fledgling PBS station, and I discovered there was someone who loved me, and that he thought I made each day a special one by just me being me. It was the only time my age group has been the target market for anything.

Recently, we had Mr. Rogers do a telephone interview on our morning show, talking about his new book. He just released a pretty good book on parenting young children, and it reads like he spoke: easily, gently, and with a subtle humor that never degrades.

As a child, I loved him. As a parent, I respected him. As a broadcaster, he's one of my heroes. He was not only a great host, he was a broadcasting pioneer.

I'm terribly sad and hope he was not in pain in his final hours. That would just be unbearable to imagine.

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Reply 22 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 02:42:09 PM)
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I think it's pretty damn cool that he was a Marine Corp sniper with 73 confirmed kills in Vietnam. I mean, damn, 73 confirmed kills. What a bad ass.
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I saw an interview with him in it awhile ago, and he was talking about honesty, which was really cool. He's just so genuine, not a jackass off camera. And he didn't do that product placement that was so popular in the late fifties and even now is popular. That's really cool that he didn't fuck up his show like that. And he did most of the puppetering, blahblahblah. The point is he was just so natural in the role that he had, and that's cool.
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Reply 24 of 44 (Originally posted on: 02-28-03 03:45:27 PM)
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He also hated black people and beat hookers.

Sorry, I just had to say something negative about him because I can sense my manly exterior shattering. I may weep.

RIP Fred

The hooker thing is actually true



Nah just kidding.



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