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February 27, 2003

It's a sad day in this neighborhood

For more than 30 years Fred Rogers touched the lives of children as host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. This morning he died of stomach cancer at the age 74.

I started my day every morning by watching Mister Rogers all through my childhood and even though almost 20 years have passed since, I still have very strong memories of the program.

I remember Mister Rogers teaching all of life's important lessons, from the easier to discuss like; why lying is wrong, to harder issues; death, violence, divorce and ironically cancer. Most importantly he gave every child that watched him a strong sense of self esteem, strong morals, and an active imagination. His message was always "Love yourself, love others."

You can tell Mister Rogers truly cared about the well being of children. It wasn't just another job for him. He lived a very modest life giving almost all of his earnings from his television show and licenses to various charities. After he taped his final episode in 2000, Mister Rogers continued his work through his non-profit organization, Family Communications, Inc.

When he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, he did not brag of his accomplishments. In his acceptance speech he asked the audience to take "10 seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are, those who have cared about you and wanted the best for you in life. Ten seconds. I'll watch the time."

Lets remember him in this way.

Posted in Today's Headlines by usrbingeek at 2003-02-27 11:52 ET (GMT-5) | 0 Comments | Permalink



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