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The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Mister Rogers!

Tuesday would have been Mister Rogers’ 84th birthday. Here are some clips to celebrate our favorite neighbor. Our first video is from 1969, when Fred Rogers went before the Senate to plead for a $20 million grant for public broadcasting, which was in danger of being sliced in half. Watch him seal the deal. Here’s his intro [...]

Mister Rogers Visits the Toothpaste Factory

PBS has been running a “Like” Drive on Facebook, and releasing some classic content online as rewards for reaching milestones. Regardless of whether you “Like” PBS (in the Facebook sense of the term), you’ll love this weirdly calming Mister Rogers video in which he and Mr. McFeely do a sort of play-by-play watching how [...]

Mr. Rogers Sings “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Spanning 33 Years

In this simple video, we see Fred Rogers singing the iconic “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” theme some from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood over a span of 33 years. It’s touching to see his consistency and gentleness over so many decades. The show ended its run on August 31, 2001. Enjoy: (Via Kottke.org, via [...]

The Mister Softee Jingle Has Lyrics

Image courtesy of MisterSoftee.com The Mister Softee jingle was featured on tonight’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and I can’t get it out of my head. I looked it up—there are lyrics! Maybe typing them out here will help me forget the song. Here comes Mister Softee The soft ice cream man. The creamiest, dreamiest soft ice cream, You get from Mister [...]

Mr. Rogers and His Lifetime Achievement Emmy (Get Ready to Cry at Work)

In 1997, Fred Rogers was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Emmys. His acceptance speech is one of the most gentle, moving, humble and powerful statements I’ve seen in a long time. Even the way he accepts the award from Tim Robbins — in a gentle, curious manner, just standing back and calmly [...]