Mr Rogers speaks: four hour video memoir of Fred Rogers

The Archive of American Television has posted an epic, four-hour interview with Fred Rogers, better known as TV children's entertainer and world-beating mensch Mr Rogers, of Mr Rogers' Neighborhood. You may recall Rogers's classic testimony to the Congress on public TV spending, which many credit with rescuing public TV from budget cuts. The interview (which I'm about a quarter of the way through) is every bit as sweet and wonderful as his classic testimony, and would make an excellent audiotrack for you to run in the background today.

Fred Rogers Interview | Archive of American Television (via The Mary Sue)


    1. Hmmm… God fearing? I dunno. I always associate that term with passive aggressive intolerance. Mr. Rogers is such a decent human being he’s one of the few people I can imagine who would profess his faith but truly—and I mean TRULY—never judge others.

      This guy is past mensch. He’s amazing.  And this interview is so amazing. Thanks for posting.

  1. Cory and the Boing Boing set will also enjoy how Fred was a defender of people’s right to copy TV shows with the VCR. His testimony was an influence on the crucial Supreme Court ruling that legalized the device. As a TV host, he actually appreciated viewers’ ability to have more control over when they watched his show.

    “…they then become much more active in the programming of their family’s television life. Very frankly, I am opposed to people being programmed by others.”

    His Wiki entry has more of his testimony, and a link to Cornell’s copy of the court ruling.

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