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Happy Birthday, Fred Rogers!

The beloved host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood would have been 85 today.

Fred Rogers’ Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech at the 1997 Daytime Emmys

Mister Rogers went onstage to accept the award — and there, in front of all the soap opera stars and talk show sinceratrons, in front of all the jutting man-tanned jaws and jutting saltwater bosoms, he made his small bow and said into the microphone, “All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are. Ten seconds of silence.”

And then he lifted his wrist, looked at the audience, looked at his watch, and said, “I’ll watch the time.” There was, at first, a small whoop from the crowd, a giddy, strangled hiccup of laughter, as people realized that he wasn’t kidding, that Mister Rogers was not some convenient eunuch, but rather a man, an authority figure who actually expected them to do what he asked. And so they did. One second, two seconds, three seconds — and now the jaws clenched, and the bosoms heaved, and the mascara ran, and the tears fell upon the beglittered gathering like rain leaking down a crystal chandelier. And Mister Rogers finally looked up from his watch and said softly “May God be with you,” to all his vanquished children.

Tom Junod - Esquire, November 1998, on Fred Rogers’ Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech at the 1997 Daytime Emmys

Remembering Mr. Rogers
Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003)

Mr. Rogers Remixed - “Garden of Your Mind” by Symphony of Science

Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind?
You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind.

It’s good to be curious about many things.
You can think about things and make-believe.
All you have to do is think, and they’ll grow.

PBS Digital Studios has hooked up with Symphony of Science mashup artist John D Boswell, who also happens to be a big Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan, to pay tribute to the great Fred Rogers. Apparently this is the first in a series of collaborations with Boswell to remix PBS icons.

Man, I miss Mr. Rogers. Believe it or not, he was a big part of my childhood.

via whitneymcn:

Words fail me.

It’s the incomparable Mr. Rogers, and it was produced by PBS Digital Studios. As god is my witness, I don’t know what else to say — just watch.