Re: [rumori] FWD: Sad day in the neighborhood

From: Pan (
Date: Thu Feb 27 2003 - 16:08:40 PST

It's because of Mr Rogers (and Mr. Dressup) that I got into creative
chaos. They taught me that you can create anything with a little bit of
construction paper, some toilet rolls and glue. The really sad thing is
that there are no replacements for such people. Kids today are missing
out on that type of inspiration.


On Thursday, February 27, 2003, at 06:30 PM, wrote:

> The following article even mentions the fact that one of the things
> Mr. Rogers accomplished was convincing kids that they couldn't go down
> the drain! which of course reminded me of my 1st cd and "Draining." I
> should mention that I've always liked Mr. Rogers. I was trying to
> create a surreal sound piece which happened to sample him, not a
> criticism of him or his show, which I watched throughout my childhood.
> sigh.
> anyway - here's the article...
> jon nelson
> 'Mister Rogers' Dies of Cancer at 74
> By TODD SPANGLER, Associated Press Writer
> PITTSBURGH - Fred Rogers, who gently invited millions of children to
> be his
> neighbor as host of the public television show "Mister Rogers'
> Neighborhood" for more than 30 years, died of cancer early Thursday.
> He was
> 74.
> Rogers died at his Pittsburgh home, said family spokesman David
> Newell, who
> played Mr. McFeely on the show. Rogers had been diagnosed with
> stomach
> cancer sometime after the holidays, Newell said.
> "He was so genuinely, genuinely kind, a wonderful person," Newell
> said.
> "His mission was to work with families and children for television.
> ...
> That was his passion, his mission, and he did it from day one."
> From 1968 to 2000, Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister,
> produced the
> show at Pittsburgh public television station WQED. The final new
> episode,
> which was taped in December 2000, aired in August 2001, though PBS
> affiliates continued to air back episodes.
> Rogers composed his own songs for the show and began each episode in
> a set
> made to look like a comfortable living room, singing "It's a
> beautiful day
> in the neighborhood," as he donned sneakers and a zip-up cardigan.
> "I have really never considered myself a TV star," Rogers said in a
> 1995
> interview. "I always thought I was a neighbor who just came in for a
> visit."
> His message remained simple: telling his viewers to love themselves
> and
> others. On each show, he would take his audience on a magical
> trolley ride
> into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where his puppet creations
> would
> interact with each other and adults.
> Rogers did much of the puppet work and voices himself. He also
> studied
> early childhood development at the University of Pittsburgh and
> consulted
> with an expert there over the years.
> "He was certainly a perfectionist. There was a lot more to Fred than
> I
> think many of us saw," said Joe Negri (news), a guitarist who on the
> show
> played the royal handyman in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and
> owner of
> "Negri's Music Shop."
> Negri said Rogers refused to accept shoddy ad-libbing by guests who
> may
> have thought they could slack off during a kid's show.
> But Rogers could also enjoy taping as if he were a child himself,
> Negri
> recalled. Once, he said, the two of them fell into laughter because
> of the
> difficulty they had putting up a tent on the show.
> Rogers taught children how to share, deal with anger and even why
> they
> shouldn't fear the bathtub by assuring them they'll never go down the
> drain.
> During the Persian Gulf War (news - web sites), Rogers told
> youngsters that
> "all children shall be well taken care of in this neighborhood and
> beyond
> in times of war and in times of peace," and he asked parents to
> promise
> their children they would always be safe.
> "We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility," he
> said in
> 1994. "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."
> Rogers came out of broadcasting retirement last year to record public
> service announcements for the Public Broadcasting Service telling
> parents
> how to help their children deal with the anniversary of the Sept. 11
> attacks.
> "If they see the tragedy replayed on television, they might think
> it's
> happening at that moment," he said.
> Rogers' show won four Emmy Awards, plus one for lifetime
> achievement. He
> was given a George Foster Peabody Award in 1993, "in recognition of
> 25
> years of beautiful days in the neighborhood."
> At a ceremony marking the show's 25th anniversary that year, Rogers
> said,
> "It's not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of
> ultimate importance. It's what resides inside."
> The show's ratings peaked in 1985-86 when about 8 percent of all U.S.
> households with televisions tuned in. By the 1999-2000 season,
> viewership
> had dropped to about 2.7 percent, or 3.6 million people.
> As other children's programming opted for slick action cartoons,
> Rogers
> stayed the same and stuck to his soothing message.
> Off the set, Rogers was much like his television persona. He swam
> daily,
> read voraciously and listened to Beethoven. He once volunteered at a
> state
> prison in Pittsburgh and helped set up a playroom there for children
> visiting their parents.
> One of Rogers' red sweaters hangs in the Smithsonian Institution
> (news -
> web sites).
> Rogers was born in Latrobe, 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Early
> in his
> career, Rogers was an unseen puppeteer in "The Children's Corner," a
> local
> show he helped launch at WQED in 1954. In seven years of unscripted,
> live
> television, he developed many of the puppets used in his later show,
> including King Friday XIII and Curious X the Owl.
> He was ordained in 1963 with a charge to continue his work with
> children
> and families through television. That same year, Rogers accepted an
> offer
> to develop "Misterogers," his own 15-minute show, for the Canadian
> Broadcasting Corp.
> He brought the show back to Pittsburgh in 1966, incorporating
> segments of
> the CBC show into a new series distributed by the Eastern Educational
> Network to cities including Boston, Philadelphia and Washington.
> In 1968, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" began distribution across the
> country through National Educational Television, which later became
> the
> Public Broadcasting Service.
> Rogers' gentle manner was the butt of some comedians. Eddie Murphy
> (news)
> parodied him on "Saturday Night Live (news - Y! TV)" in the 1980s
> with his
> "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood," a routine Rogers found funny and
> affectionate.
> Rogers is survived by his wife, Joanne, a concert pianist; two sons;
> and
> two grandsons.
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