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About the awesome Mr. Rogers

Fred Rogers (aka: Mr. Rogers) was awesome. End of post.

Okay, yes, he deserves more. Much more.

The sarcastic, irreverent humorist publication “Cracked” was spot on when they said about Mr. Rogers:

Sit down, neighbor, and hear of a man who did not conquer the world, but did it one better; he reminded us that the world needs unity rather than conquest. He walked among us as a man, although he was a hand-to-God saint. They say the difference between a saint and a psychopath is empathy, and Mr. Fred Rogers had an ocean of it, which makes him either the sanest man in history or the craziest hero we ever had.

Here we go

Frederick “Fred” McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host. Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968–2001), which featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences.

TIMELINE REVIEW

  • 1928 – Born (Latrobe, PA (near Pittsburgh))
  • 1946 – Graduated High Shcool
  • 1946 – Entered Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
  • 1948 – Transferred to Rollins College (Winter Park, FL)
  • 1951 – Graduated from Rollins College
  • 1952 – Married Sara Joanne Byrd
  • 1953 – Began first show “The Children’s Corner” on WQED (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1959 – Son James born
  • 1961 – Son John born
  • 1963 – Graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1963 – Began the show “Mrrogers” on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Toronto, Ontario)
  • 1968 – Began “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” on the CBC
  • 1999 – Inducted into the Television Hall Of Fame
  • 2001 – Retired “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood”
  • 2003 – Died (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 2012 – “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”

* Not to mention multiple awards and honors Mr. Rogers has earned from his peers, etc.

To get started, if you’re the type that likes to watch videos, here’s one called “35 Facts About Mr. Fred Rogers”

EDUCATION

Mr. Rogers was born, raided, and graduated from High School near Pittsburgh, PA. He went to the Ivy League school Dartmouth College in New Hampshire but transferred to Rollins College in Winter Park, FL where he graduated with a BA in Music Composition in 1951. In 1963 he graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained as a Presbyterian (USA) minister.

INSPIRATION

Many of the most memorable things Rogers said to children were inspired by things his own grandfather, Fred Brooks McFeely, said to him. “I think it was when I was leaving one time to go home after our time together that my grandfather said to me, ‘You know, you made this day a really special day. Just by being yourself. There’s only one person in the world like you. And I happen to like you just the way you are,’” Rogers remembered. “That just went right into my heart. And it never budged.” (Rogers named Mr. McFeely, the show’s Speedy Delivery messenger character after his grandfather.)

TV

Mr. Roger’s parents were among the few who owned a TV in the early 1950’s. Mr. Rogers (I just can’t call him ‘Fred’) wasn’t impressed with what he saw on TV. He felt more could be done. In 1953 he got a job at Pittsburgh’s public television channel (WQED) where he’d hope to make a difference via children’s programming. Following are just a few ways he really made a difference.

MR. ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD

In 1963 “Mrrogers” aired via the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC). In 1966, “MisteRogers’ Neighborhood” aired in the US on a channel that would later become PBS. The show targeted children aged 2-5 and was produced by Pittsburgh’s WQED and ran nationally until 2001. It was this show that became Mr. Roger’s claim to fame.

And now for the most famous song of all…

CONGRESS

In 1969, President Nixon wanted to cut public television funding in half. Mr. Rogers, in 6 minutes, changed it all…

DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD

Mr. Roger’s first TV show in ’53 was live and titled “The Children’s Corner”. The idea was to show children’s educational videos. But opps! The first episode started out as a disaster. Within the first 2 minutes of the premiere the first shown film broke! Mr. Rogers scrambled and saw a puppet he was given the night before the premiere. It was a tiger named “Daniel” and it was through this puppet-model programming that Mr. Rogers found his niche.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” is the puppet continuation of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood after the death of Mr. Rogers.

RUMORS

SOURCES

Mr. Rogers Rulz!

Jimmy Fallon loves to make Brian Williams rap

Brian Williams is Jimmy Fallon’s favorite rapper

Jimmy Fallon loves to splice NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ host Brian Williams into giving great rap performances. And they are hilarious!

My Faves

07.29.13 – Brian Williams Raps “Good Vibrations”

02.19.14 – Brian Williams Raps “Rapper’s Delight”

06.16.14 – Brian Williams Raps “Baby Got Back” (my personal favorite)

Brian Williams addresses these ‘sketches’ with Jimmy Fallon

04.22.14 – Brian Williams Addresses His Rapping — Part 1

04.22.14 – Brian Williams Addresses His Rapping — Part 2

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The Best Service Industry People

There are many people in the service industry (specifically the ‘fast food’ and/or ‘customer service’ industry) that are incredibly awesome. Two specific examples:

1. Check out the poise of these individuals after a customer challenges the age-old cliche of a lack-luster product vs advertised product:

2. Or how about the guy receiving this amusing order AND GETTING IT CORRECT!?!

If you’re in the industry like I’ve been for maybe 6+ years and you can’t do this then it’s time to get out.

And I say this from both sides of the ordering counter.

Top Decade Defining Songs Complied by @watchmojo

I’ve recently run across a YouTube channel from WatchMojo.com and it’s made me happy. They, among other things, compiled the best songs per decade. How? The songs are “…a combination of the decade’s most commercially successful songs as well as the most influential records and the tracks that best reflect the period…”

Ready?

The 1950’s

The 1960’s

The 1970’s

The 1980’s

The 1990’s

The 2000’s

I could watch this stuff all day and I love learning things like:

  • “Tutti Fruti” – The line “Tutti Fruti Oh Rudy” was originally “Tutti Fruti Big Booty” butt (oops) changed for censors
  • “Mrs. Robinson” was originally a tribute to Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Born In The USA” was originally a tribute to Vietnam veterans
  • “Cry Me A River” was a breakup song by Justin Timberlake to Britney Spears
  • “I Walk The Line” – This is a side note but you can hear him hum before each stanza to help him get his cue. Listen closely. It’s really quite awesome!

So in this series, the 60 top 10’s for all decades mentioned in alphabetical (by first name) order are:

2Pac, ABBA, Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees, Beck, Beyonce, Bill Haley & His Comets, Blink-182, Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Cyndi Lauper, Daft Punk, Def Leppard, Duran Duran, Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley, Eminem, Fats Domino, Fleetwood Mac, Gloria Gaynor, Gnarls Barkley, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Little Richard, Madonna, Metalica, Michael Jackson, Miriah Carey, Nirvana, Oasis, OutKast, Pink Floyd, Puff Daddy, Queen, Ray Charles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ritchie Valens, Run-D.M.C., Sex Pistols, Simon & Garfunkle, Stevie Wonder, U2, Van Halen…

…and the bands that start with ‘The’ that I never know how to organize…

The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Jimmi Hendrix Experience, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who

…and honorable mentions going to:

50 Cent, AC/DC, Amy Winehouse, Backstreet Boys, Ben E. King, Bo Diddley, Bobby Darin, Buffalo Springfield, Blondie, Celine Dion, Coldplay, David Bowie, Don McLean, Eagles, Elton John, Fugees, Irena Cara, Jay-Z, Journey, Lynard Skynyrd, Marvin Gaye, MC Hammer, Prince and the Revolution, Ray Charles, R.E.M., Rihanna, Survivor, TLC, Tears for Fears, Vanilla Ice

…and again with the ‘The’ bands…

The Doors, The Everly Brothers, The Platters, The Ronettes, The White Stripes