Mr. Rogers dies at age 74 :-(



  • Reply 1 of 31
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    I was just about to post about it. Really sucks. I still remember everything...Mr. McFeely, the land of Make-Believe (and the little train set...) the pictures on the wall, the loafers and his zip up sweater...even specific episodes like the crayon factory.

    I love the way cutting construction paper and stuff sounds on TV. It doesn't sound the same in real life. It was all very visceral, and now it just feels like it's just another footnote in history that our evolved bug-eyed alien descendants won't even remember.

    RIP Mr. Rogers.

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  • Reply 2 of 31
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    I remember he had funky socks. Who wears socks with individually cut toes?
  • Reply 3 of 31
    cosmonutcosmonut Posts: 4,872member
    When I was a kid, my daily regimen of programming included Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

    He did so much good, and educated so many children. He was the epitome of kindness and purity.

    I know most people here aren't religious, but I personally believe Fred is now with God, and God is smiling at him saying, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." Although Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was never "religious," Fred Rogers was a minister. His Christian values echoed into his program. His values permeated everything he said and did.

    Rest in peace, Fred. Thank you.
  • Reply 4 of 31
    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    The crayon episode was the best!

    I hope Levar Burton has a few decades left in him because my future kids need some smart shows on TV as they grow up. i shudder to think all that will be left of childrens programming will be stupid cartoons like Rugrats and nickelodeon crap.
  • Reply 5 of 31
    drewpropsdrewprops Posts: 2,321member
    Thank you Mr. Rogers, we loved you.
  • Reply 6 of 31
    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    I remember watching that show all the time when I was little, and thinking about how his house was just like my grandparents' house... complete with the train set. It's so sad to see him go.
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    sebseb Posts: 676member

    There went a good guy.
  • Reply 9 of 31
    ijerryijerry Posts: 615member
    This sucks....Mr Rogers was awesome. I feel a little empty right now. He was a good man, never heard of anything that he did wrong. HIs values, regardless of where they came from were stern and unwavering. He will definitely be missed. Now I just need to find all his shows on DVD for my son....
  • Reply 10 of 31
    terribly sad news, unlike many of you i didn't see him as a child but got to see him with my children.

    i remember an episode about going on a trip on an airplane and he went inside the lavatory to show that there was nothing to be worried about. (you won't get sucked out!) i thought my god! where was he when i was little. the airplane can scared the hell out of me!

    my favorite shows are when mr. mcfeeley brings a video and we get to see how something is made.

    he had a way of playing to children's curiosity and allaying their fears at the same time.

    he was also a great proponent of jazz and a decent piano player as well.

    i missed him when he stopped doing shows, and it's sad that he passed away.
  • Reply 11 of 31
    By the way kids, it's not a TRAIN's TROLLEY.

    "How are you today Trolley?"



    "Do YOU like monkies?"



    Not sure when I finally understood that the trolley wasn't really alive. But once I did, I finally noticed Mr. Rogers working the controls somewhere there on the wall or built into the bench.

    So, it's NOT a train set.



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  • Reply 12 of 31
    Rest in Peace.

    To me he was that last ideal adult role model that kids looked to for understanding and love at an early age. A bridge toward what is out there in the world. Of course most of that got shattered when the children grew up and saw how reality really hits you in the face. But his lessons and insights keep us going and contibuting.

    He is (was) in a sense the last remanent spokesperson for real values, love and understanding to kids. But that role has been fazed out...with Elmo.

    I'll miss his insights...

    "We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes."

  • Reply 13 of 31
    Mr. McFeely. <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

    I havn't seen that show in ages.
  • Reply 14 of 31
    pfflampfflam Posts: 5,053member
    I can see his penthouse suite from where I work . . . just looking out the window from the Hallway . . ..

    wow, Pittsburgh is going to be in serious mourning
  • Reply 15 of 31
    yeah, PA will be in mourning....a gentle soul

    i remember my band did a punk version of his song, "Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things" from his Come On and Wake Up album



    gotta love ebay...everything is on ebay....

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  • Reply 16 of 31

    nice articles predicting his sainthood some time ago are

    <a href=""; target="_blank">Mr. Rogers: Can you say ... Halo?</a>

    and Esquire 11/98 (predating their web archive) cover story on Heroes with Fred's picture and the caption "Can you say Hero?" repeating in the letters columns of dec98 and jan99

    man, we'll miss you fred.

    lemme dig out what have always been the "mr. rogers cardigan" and plimsol sneakers in wardrobe homage

    speedy delivery wherever you're heading, neighbour
  • Reply 17 of 31
    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    It reminded me of my grandfather's train set (all hand crafted over the course of many decades) because it was a trolly. My grandfather has lots of trollys, and as a hobby he participates in the restoration of old retired trollys here in Minnesota.

    Although, my grandfather's train set is HO scale, and that trolly looks to be something bigger like O scale or G scale (HO is half-O, and G is gross=big, the largest).

    Also I associate it with my grandparents' place just because I would often watch it while I was over there.
  • Reply 18 of 31
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    [quote]Originally posted by thegelding:

    [QBi remember my band did a punk version of his song, "Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things" from his Come On and Wake Up album



    I'd be interested in hearing a copy. did you guys record it way back when?

    thanks kind sir

  • Reply 19 of 31
    you make me blush paul....

    my god, 22 years ago it was...maybe a tape somewhere...we had two demo tapes but that wasn't on either of those...many of our shows were taped, but i have no clue who still has them...and we changed our "non-orginal" songs around alot....we played mostly our own songs, but would do covers for at christmas we did a version of silent night to the music of louie, louie (well if louie louie was kinda punky)...

    dang, i wish i remembered the was a fairly scary song, especially when sung by us....

    something like:

    good people sometimes do bad things

    good people sometimes do....

    good people even think bad things

    once in a while they do

  • Reply 20 of 31
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    Wasn't there a huge model of the neighborhood too? And whenever he would go somewhere, like the post office, the camera would cut to the model...

    That was a mind-f--k for a 5 year old
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