When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.
—  Mr. Rogers

A short video describing who Mr. Rogers is to kids these days.  Also nostalgia for those who grew up watching him.  I have fond memories of watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood when I was a kid and I even remembered some of the scenes they showed!

Captain America AU

AU Where Steve survives the war, but the serum begins to lose it’s potency and degrade in him system and he reverts back to normal. He is now in full health, but no longer has his post human abilities. He tries to fight in the Korean War, but feels he is a liability without his abilities, so resigns his commission.

He still wants to help and inspire people so he uses his fame to start a TV show for children. He doesn’t want to be associated with war and violence so the producers can’t call it the Captain America show.

So Steve puts on a cardigan and calls the show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood


Happy Birthday Mr. Rogers! 

Fred Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) would’ve turned 85 years old today. Most famous for his children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which ran for over three decades, Fred Rogers was nothing short of a hero. Although not a scientist, we feature his birthday here because there are few examples of individuals quite like him - ones who were able to inspire children and adults alike to be curious, kind and tolerant of those around them. His message was as beautiful as his program, and his persona on-and-off camera were the same wonderfully compassionate human being. 

Here’s a video that Mental Floss and John Green did on Mr. Roger’s life. 

A quote:

"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has—or ever will have—something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression."

- He made thieves think twice.

Rogers drove a plain old Impala for years. One day, however, the car was stolen from the street near the TV station. When he filed a police report, the story was picked up by every newspaper, radio, and media outlet around town.

Amazingly, within 48 hours the car was left in the exact spot where it was taken from, with an apology on the dashboard. It read, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.” 

- He saved both public television and the VCR.

Strange but true. When the government wanted to cut public television funds in 1969, the relatively unknown Mister Rogers went to Washington. Almost straight out of a Frank Capra film, his 5-6 minute testimony on how TV had the potential to give kids hope and create more productive citizens was so simple but passionate that even the most gruff politicians were charmed. While the budget should have been cut, the funding instead jumped from $9 to $22 million.

Rogers also spoke to Congress, and swayed senators into voting to allow VCR’s to record television shows from the home. It was a cantankerous debate at the time, but his argument was that recording a program like his allowed working parents to sit down with their children and watch shows as a family. 

- He could make a subway car full of strangers sing.

Once while rushing to a New York meeting, there were no cabs available, so Rogers and one of his colleagues hopped on the subway. The car was filled with people, and they assumed they wouldn’t be noticed. But when the crowd spotted Rogers, they all simultaneously burst into song, chanting “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” The result made Rogers smile wide.

- He got into TV because he hated TV.

The first time he turned one on, he saw people angrily throwing pies in each other’s faces. He immediately vowed to use the medium for better than that. Over the years he covered topics as varied as why kids shouldn’t be scared of a haircut, or the bathroom drain (because you won’t fit!), to divorce and war.

- He composed all the songs on the show, and over 200 tunes.

- The sweaters.

Every one of the cardigans he wore on the show had been hand-knit by his mother.


*sniff* I’ve got something in my eye.