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I got a few nice messages from a few people here, saying they missed my blogs. So, I'll try to occasionally throw some more on here.

I was never a fan of the Mr. Rogers show. I was a little kid when it first aired, and...I guess I was more of a Sesame Street and Electric Company kid. I didn't like his voice, or his puppets. That doesn't mean, as an adult, I didn't like what he did for all the other kids that watched his show.

I have to admit, my favorite thing were -- the parodies. Eddie Murphy doing his Mr. Robinson on Saturday Night Live, as a criminal. And Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest, who would become Spinal Tap, did a great bit about Mr. Rogers interviewing a bass player on a National Lampoon album.

Since I do movie reviews now, I was sent a lovely note from his wife (who recently passed away), along with a shirt that looked like a red sweater. I think they sent them out to a lot of the critics that are part of the Critics' Choice Assocation (make sure you watch the Critics Choice Awards in March!).

Here's a story I just came across and it brought me to tears. A woman called into PBS requesting an autographed photo for her daughter, who was suffering seizers and set for brain surgery. Mr. Rogers didn't send the autographed photo. Instead, he jumped on a plane and flew a few thousand miles to see the girl in the hospital. He even brought his puppets along.

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Tags: Critics Choice Awards, Electric Company, Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street

Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Admin on February 2, 2021 at 1:14pm

What a guy.

Comment by Jason Strecker on February 2, 2021 at 1:47pm

That is incredible. He was quite the guy. When many of our heroes have been found out to be much less that what we thought they were, Mr. Rogers keeps coming out on top. I was always a fan of Mr. Rogers even though I may not have seen too many episodes I always appreciate him being the living example of this TV character. Also, Josh that is really cool you got a note and shirt from his wife. I regret not taking more time to send him a more personal letter when I was first starting to collect ttm autographs.

Comment by Beatles410 on February 2, 2021 at 2:56pm

I had written to him with an autograph request back in the 90’s. I enjoyed  as a kid and wrote to thank him. Got a beautiful personal letter and photo back. Sweet , genuine man.

Comment by BC on February 3, 2021 at 12:29am

 I missed your blogs as well. Keep posting them! I like reading them.


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