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Michael Keaton hosts this tribute to Fred Rogers. Michael Keaton, then
Michael Douglas, worked the Picture, Picture machine for the 'Mister
Rogers' Neighborhood' show.
The program gives a brief biography of Mr. Rogers, following him from childhood to his college choices. It also follows him through his beginnings in television. From the 'Children's Corner' to the 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'. During the different shows, the program interviews co-workers, such as his first co-host and his later music director, John Costa. Also, interviews with leading child psychologists to expound on how Mr. Rogers' style is good for children.
This is a good program for any fan of Fred Rogers' work. I was so touched by his lifetime of work that he put into his shows. I was also touched by the segment about Jeffery, a boy who was paralyzed and came on Mr. Rogers' show to explain that he was different like everyone else.
Near the end, the dedication shown by Fred Rogers toward children is easily seen. He has won many awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Emmy. He has touched many children's lives with just Mr. Rogers being Mr. Rogers.
Fred Rogers will always be a unique icon in the hearts and minds of
people everywhere. While his fame somewhat declined in the 1990s,
anyone born before then was treated to a treasure chest of positive
reenforcement learning experiences. Younger generations who have been
numbed with their Pokemon, cable TV and Playstations may find him
boring and inaccessible, but the millions of kids that did grow up with
Mr. Rogers will surely the kindness and greatness that was in his
No one to this day has ever managed to say a bad thing about Mr. Rogers. Not even Rotten.com, a consortium of all that is evil in the world, could find something sarcastic to say about this man. When the world ends and all we have left are tapes of television shows, I certainly hope this film and a majority of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood is among those tapes. I couldn't think of a better answer to help illustrate the compassion, tolerance and love our culture could have.
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