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.