I saw this vid about a guy meeting Mister Rogers, & it struck me how Fred Rogers is pretty much theee exact opposite of our new redtape-tapped fearless leader & Don, President Whatshisface.
I think there was a profound, sure call it brainwashing, effect that the Mister Rogers show had on those that were raised on it, opposed to those that weren’t.
There’s all this broken record notion that the new generation is weaker and lesser than one’s own previous gen, & w/ people who never experienced Rogers at a formative age, being then flooded with the new generations that have,… that must be an even more pronounced shock.
So who was Rogered & who wasn’t?
I’m glad I was.

There’s an online Mister Rogers marathon goin’ on here for a limited time, click now https://www.twitch.tv/misterrogers




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  1. ladybarbara 2 years ago

    I am pre-Rogers and was raised on cowboys and indians, shoot-em-ups and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. I was a Saturday morning cartoon watcher. Popeye clobbered Bluto with spinach powered fists, over his skinny goilfriend Olive Oil, The Wiley Coyote chased the innocent little Roadrunner and got fouled by his every birdy-catching tricks. Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd were out to shoot that pesky wabbit, Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck was whapped, squished, and hit with a big sledge hammer and always recovered. I believed I could fly with just a tea towel safety penned to my shoulders. A vertical flight off the roof broke one of my ankles. But, I was a tough kid. We had roller skates that attached to our school shoes and tightened with a skate key. The metal wheels would play hell with the sidewalk and a pebble or crack would make us fall on our faces. We climbed trees and drank water out of the garden hose. In the car, there were no seatbelts. We could climb around the seats and the freeway speed limit was 95mph. When I was a kid, I could get spanked by the neighbor’s Dad if I broke the rules at their house. Then, a call to my Mom would get me hit worse at home. My morning shows were Howdy Doody, with Buffalo Bob and Claribel the clown who squirted seltzer water at everyone. There was Romper Room, but it was so lame that even I found it a sissy show. I watched Zorro, Poncho and Cisco, Boston Blacky, Lone Ranger and Tonto, Gene Autry, Superman, Batman, and my hero was Hopalong Cassidy. I had a Red Ryder BB gun to play war games and cowboys and Indians. We had the Mickey Mouse Show and Annette could sure fill out that sweater.
    Our parents did not call us on a cell phone. We played in the street all day until the street lights came on. Our parents stepped out on the porch and whistled, or called out our name to call us in for dinner. Believe me, I came home really fast when I saw my Mom come out to the porch. I wanted to get home before she could shout out “STINKY!!!” My friends thought my name was Barbara.

    My teens found me watching American Bandstand and I never missed a day of the Soupy Sales Show. The king of the pie-in-the-face was my hero. I never knew then that I would someday fall in love with the Soupy Sales show camra man’s son — Immortal Pirate. I enjoyed that show until the end when Soupy answered the knock at the door. “Who is knocking on my door? Oh! It is Peaches, my girlfriend. She has a pie for me. She came to give me a pie. Thank you, Peaches. She don’t make my apple pie, and she don’t make my cherry pie, but she sure does make my banana cream.” Then the show went black and never came back. That was a sad day that Soupy Sales never came back, no matter how many times we danced The Mouse and did the Soupy Sales Shuffle.

    It was not until I had a child of my own that I first saw Fred Rogers. It was a show for brain washing a new generation into being kinder and sissyfied. I watched as the cartoons I loved were no longer on and then there were Tubbies and stupid shit that made my sons pacifistic whiners. Sissies!!! They were raised with Sesame Street. I asked my sons to go play in the street. They looked at me like I was nuts. Nobody played in the street anymore. I bought them motocross bikes and said, “Go out to the trails and TEAR THE BIKE UP!!!” Only to find them later on —- taking the bikes apart with a wrench and screw drivers. “What the hell are you two doing?!?!?” and their answer was, “We are tearing the bikes up.” I bought them dirt bikes to rip up the desert with. They putted around like big sissies and I gave up on them. Perhaps they see me as some sort of rowdy barbarian, but my generation was tougher, meaner, and took more challenges. We did not have to have bottled water. We drank out of the garden hose.

    I look at that generation and shake my head.

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    • griz 2 years ago

      I relate to a lot of that except for the older TV shows. The thing is almost every older generation has anguished about the younger generation and what they are losing with “”progress””. (Our technology gets better our stuff gets cheaper and flimsier, customer service becomes a bad joke, and the people get weaker, more isolated and less able to fend for themselves while contributing to the greater whole.)

      It takes a very sharp blade to divide between nostalgia and genuine concern over an obvious downward spiral.

      Kids now tear up the bmx tracks on their computers with their thumbs; and have little skateboards that they operate with their fingers so they don’t get hurt or have to engage the nasty “outdoors”. And they have far deeper relationship with their technology than with the human who might be on the other end. ( or maybe it’s just a robot?!)

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        luftballooneyegouge 2 years ago

        “There is concerted effort to dismiss and devalue the wisdom of older generations.”-Griz
        What brings you to this conclusion? What’s this wisdom they’re trying to cover up?
        BMX? Kids at local levels now have skills that a decade earlier were pro level. They didn’t get these skills indoors. Fingerboards go back to the 1980s.
        From the pre-Rogers folks I’m pretty much just seeing that the difference is how one values abuse & naked aggression more than post-Rogers people.

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      luftballooneyegouge 2 years ago

      Are they sissies because they care more about the feelings of others in ways that previous generations didn’t? Is this caring a weakness, & if so why?

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      • ladybarbara 2 years ago

        One son is self absorbed and will not meet any of life’s challenges. He blames every discomfort on others and owns none of the responsibility for being a loser in life. Everything is always someone elses fault. I washed my hands of him.
        The other son works at a children’s hospital and makes robotics to help handicapped children do the things their bodies could not do before he built robotics for them. Yes, he feels for this work and he says his job breaks his heart every day. Then, on the other hand, his job gives him happy surprises every day. He is dedicated to his job. He takes life by the horns and problem solves every situation. He hated sports and he is the one who — when I said, “Go out and tear up that bike on the trails.” He took the bike apart with wrenches and screw drivers. He was always inventing robots. He designed several robotic dogs for Sony. Why? Because he wanted a dog, but not a live animal depending on him. He is so absorbed in his job that a live animal at home would suffer. His robotic dogs can go to the children’s hospital with him and entertain the children. I am proud of him.

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        luftballooneyegouge 2 years ago

        What does the robotless son like to do?

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      • ladybarbara 2 years ago

        Besides crying that everyone is to blame because they will no longer allow him to sleep on their sofa, not working, sponging off of others, he does drugs —- heavy drugs and sells use of his ass for drug money. He is 52 years old and has done nothing with his life. He only has a 9th grade education, because he aged out of the Foster system at 18 as a Freshmen in high school —- and quit to live on the streets. He never wanted to learn any skills, nor work for a living. I found him 7 years ago and brought him to my house to stay. I wanted him to go to the nearby college and finish high school and get some education. He refused. He doesn’t want to do school work and has no math skills at all. He wanted to do drugs and that is not something I want in my life. I bought him a new car and the day the pink slip and license plates came in the mail, he had the Sheriff come and handcuff me ——- telling the Sheriff that I was going to kill him if he tried to take his clothing and car and escape from my house. I stood handcuffed while he took his things and left. It was obvious to the Sheriff that I was all in favor of the 45 year old leaving my house. When he was finally gone, I washed my hands of him. He sold the car to buy drugs. That is when my oldest son also washed his hands of his brother. He keeps in touch now and then, just to see what his brother is up to. But, his life is one failure after another, as friends refuse to let him eat their food and sleep on their sofa. He hopes that when he is 65, in 13 years, that he will be able to collect Social Security —– but he has never had a job to pay into it. Well, it is not my problem. I don’t care to ever talk to him again.

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      • griz 2 years ago

        Most people of life-experience are conspicuously lacking open-minded people of younger generations to share it with. There is no “cover-up”. We simply lock our seniors away where they cannot share into the lives of younger people.
        How many times as a child did you dismiss the wise council of your parents as them “just not understanding you”?

        And mostly I’m talking about things of actual value in the journey of Life. BMX or fingerboard or the latest video-game skills really have little enduring value. Even today one can go online and hear kids boasting of their physical accomplishments and skills . . . only to find they’re talking about a video game!

        While this seems to have accelerated of late, it’s been with us a very long time. We are a stubborn and stiff-necked people and would prefer to make our own mistakes than learn from History. It’s less a “cover-up” than arrogant bull-headedness: something we as a species have an abundant talent for!

        “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” Confucius

        We hate being wise. We loathe noble pursuit. We don’t consciously like to be imitators (though sub-consciously, we are lemmings-supreme!). What we as a species seem to like . . . is bitterness!

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        luftballooneyegouge 2 years ago

        You make many sad assumptions w/ out backing them up. We do this, we do that,…. Sure kids play video games, but to assume that’s all they do just reinforces an a-priori assumption. BMX is so big now it’s an Olympic sport. I can remember when BMX type bikes were specialty shop only bikes back in the sissybar days
        Video game skills in an oncoming automated world are essential. XBOX360 controllers were/are used by the military for drones and other new tech. Robots are all programmed using at least a simple directional pad controller.

        Today’s kids are kicking so much ass in so many ways, but one’s bubble is their own. Enjoy yours.

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      • griz 2 years ago

        Give it a few more years. You might find your self in a similar “bubble”. Every generation has.

        But when it comes to pure survival in physical reality, a 10 y.o. from 50 years ago would kick the average 25 y.o.s butt! Just take away their hand sanitizer and they’ll curl up and die!

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  2. griz 2 years ago

    I was of the generation that Rogers annoyed. But with no cable in few choices over the air it was either him or the news!
    To his credit though he saw a need and tirelessly did what he could to address it. He could have left the cardigan sweater the freaky little boat shoes and the ugly b**** puppet out of it though! ( some serious gender gap stuff going on there!)

    But at least there was inter-generational dialogue going on. Every generation it seems loses a little bit more of the things of true value (community, ethics, objectivity, spirituality); while gaining more and more distractions, unnecessary complications, political correctness and fluff.

    There is concerted effort to dismiss and devalue the wisdom of older generations. Personal growth and progress slows To stagnation because everybody wants to reinvent the wheel for themselves.

    There is much that the younger generations could learn from the older ones. But the price is they will have to learn to overlook our sometimes clunky and dated attempts at inter-generational dialogue.
    (Forgive our cardigan sweaters and freaky little boat shoes!!)

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  3. Yin 2 years ago

    I watched it as a kid. That was before elementary school though, so I don’t remember much of it. I liked it though. I mean, Blue’s Clues was my jam, but I had no issues with Mr. Rogers. Over the past few years looking at how he was, I have grown to respect the man more than ever. He is a person that people should strive to be more like, in my opinion.

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  4. mamajoy 2 years ago

    Mister Rogers was probably my first “friend”. I loved watching his show – but I have to say, I detested most of the puppets. Especially Lady Elaine Fairchilde. But even if I didn’t like the puppets visually, I enjoyed their characters and what they added to the show. I remember learning that the puppets were made by Mister Rogers and I felt bad that I didn’t like Lady Elaine Fairchilde, but I don’t know if that’s true and I can’t seem to find details that would confirm that she was created by him. :rolf:

    PBS has since replaced Mister Rogers Neighborhood with an animated cartoon called Daniel Tiger. That show is annoying and I don’t like it at all. Unfortunately, none of my children liked it either. And sadly, there are very limited shows for children nowadays that offer the kind of programming that Mister Rogers brought into homes when I was a child.

    I think that the media that kids are exposed to today hugely impacts their development. So much kids spend time in front of digital screens and most of the noise that is coming through barely even encourages them to think while they drone on at the images that they are seeing. I think our society has a big part in the way our children develop as well. Mental/emotional health seems to be hugely ignored – and this is an area that Mister Rogers felt strongly about, it was a big influence for his show.

    I recently saw this video. He was the real deal and I wish there were more people like him in this world.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKy7ljRr0AA

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  5. Gina 2 years ago

    Here is one of the reasons Mr Rogers got into TV:

    HE GOT INTO TV BECAUSE HE HATED TV.
    The first time he turned one on, he saw people angrily throwing pies in each other’s faces. He immediately vowed to use the medium for better than that. Over the years he covered topics as varied as why kids shouldn’t be scared of a haircut, or the bathroom drain (because you won’t fit!), to divorce and war.

    Like many others have said on this post, the world needs more Mr Rogers.

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  6. BelleMadre 2 years ago

    incase it hasnt been obvious before now, i was a rather under socialized critter for my formative years :D

    got our first tv when i was 14 we did. back in the old days – 1992 :D so i was more influenced by fresh prince than mister roger. what scares me is now, watching fresh prince all over again with my 10 year old (thaaaaaaaanks netflixxxxxxxxx) his aunt viv turns 40 in season 2. and is so much more mature and accomplished than i, at the same age. daaaaaaaaamn

    anyway what was i supposed to be saying?
    no, no i wasnt rogered, i think i was sagetted tho :tease:

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