People have said, “Don’t cry” to other people for years and years,and all it has ever meant is, “I’m too uncomfortable when you show your feelings. Don’t cry.” I’d rather have them say, “Go ahead and cry. I’m here to be with you.”
- Mr. Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers
Once in a while, a publication asks who the greatest American of our lifetime is. And while Cracked would never presume to answer that question, we absolutely can. Is it Zombie Teddy Roosevelt? The puppeteer who made Ronald Reagan come alive? Former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson?
Strong contenders, all, but no. 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.
If you’re from some country that doesn’t have puppets and never heard of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, it’s OK! He loves you anyway. In fact, he’d want to introduce you to all of us so we could learn from you.
At my signal, take off those ironic smirks and don your extra-strength smiles, because your faith in human beings is about to get an upgrade.
I consider Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) to be the embodiment of Maya Angelou’s quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”.
50 years ago, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood debuted on television.
There’s a quote of his going around after what happened in Manchester: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
Once, Mister Rogers’ car got stolen; it made the news. The thieves returned it with a note, apologizing and saying “we didn’t know it was yours.”
Mister Rogers was once a guest on Garrison Keillor’s radio show, Prarie Home Companion. At one point, Garrison Keillor made an off-color remark; Mister Rogers disapprovingly reminded him of the children in the audience.
Mister Rogers began wearing his famous sneakers after discovering they allowed him to move stealthily and silently.
No one is capable of accurately imitating or portraying Mister Rogers; they are simply not nice enough.
Mister Rogers’ rage could destroy the planet Earth. Fortunately, Mister Rogers does not experience anger; only polite disapproval.
In the 1980s, Burger King created a parody called “Mr. Rodney.” Mister Rogers disapproved until the character ceased to exist.
At an award ceremony, Mister Rogers finished his speech by requesting two minutes of silence while everyone thought about their loved ones. Everyone obeyed, and when the time was up, a few of the celebrities and paparazzi had tears in their eyes.
When Mister Roger goes underwater, he doesn’t get wet. The water stands aside, takes off its hat, and bows.
Contrary to rumor, Mister Rogers’ arms aren’t secretly covered by tattoos. They’re actually covered by his cardigan sweater.
Mister Rogers sleeps very well, thank you.
Mister Rogers provided the voice for all of the characters on his show, including Mr. McFeely and all the children.
“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was not produced or funded. Mister Rogers simply walked into the studio, and there it was.
“Fred McFeely Rogers” is just an alias. His true name, if uttered, would transform the entire planet into a paradise where every day was a beautiful day in the neighborhood.