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.
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!
Mutually-Assured Destruction in the Land of Make Believe
in 1983 Fred Rogers and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood tackled the Cold War,
mutually-assured destruction, and the potential for complete nuclear annihilation. For an entire week in the land of
make-believe the puppets and people were on the brink of armageddon.
King Friday noticed a large amount of strange, expensive
deliveries being made to Corny the Beaver. For some reason he became convinced Corny was
building an arsenal of bombs and King Friday didn’t want to be caught empty-handed so he followed suit with his own stockpile of bombs. By the end of the week the puppets were building bomb
shelters and practicing civil defense drills. Finally the truth of Corny’s strange deliveries was revealed. He was just buying supplies to build a
large bridge to unite their cities. Crisis averted.
Eventually these episodes were banned from the air.
Rogers and Family Communications, the producers of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, developed this story line specifically for children who’d seen the made-for-TV-movie The Day After, which concerned the horrific living conditions in a post-nuclear war middle America. I was one of those kids, but I never saw the Mr. Roger’s shows. Instead I just remember my sobbing mother hugging my brother and I tighter than she’d ever hugged us.
This is why I’m not scared of ISIS. Hell naw. I lived through the fucking end of the Cold War, when it was common knowledge on the playground that we were all going to die as Reagan and Gorbachev blew the world to smithereens. It wasn’t a matter of if, but when, and the boys and girls on my schoolyard had the when figured out to be sometime around ‘87 or ‘88. So as far as I’m concerned this is all bonus time. Extra innings. ISIS ain’t shit compared to that terror.
Ten years ago today we lost the best neighbor we’ve ever had. Thank you Mr. Rogers for all you’ve done to help us grow up and get along, and letting us know that we were special in every way, and that you liked us just the way we were.