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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.