Here’s a wonderful clip of Mr. Rogers appearing before a 1969 US Senate committee that was deciding whether to cut funding in half (from 20 million to 10 million) to the newly developed Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Would it make me a softy to say that my eyes filled with tears watching this? His care and concern and soft-spoken gentleness is an inspiration. I was never a fan of the program Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, but I always had respect for the man.
Watch this. It’s only six minutes long. Click on these words to view it.
I grew up with TFC, and I don’t recall ever watching Mr. Rogers. However, when my son was three, he *had* to watch Mr. R every day on PBS. A while ago, I was almost going to tape over the episodes I had recorded….couldn’t bring myself to do it.
I always found the pace of the show a little too slow, and there was something off-putting about the puppets.