Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

"15 Reasons Mr. Rogers was Best Neighbor Ever," via mental_floss, is worth a read.

It includes a great story of some thieves returning Mr. Rogers' car after finding out it was his, leaving a note that said, "If we'd known it was yours, we never would have taken it."

I also really like this:

Once, on a fancy trip up to a PBS exec's house, he heard the limo driver was going to wait outside for 2 hours, so he insisted the driver come in and join them (which flustered the host).On the way back, Rogers sat up front, and when he learned that they were passing the driver's home on the way, he asked if they could stop in to meet his family. According to the driver, it was one of the best nights of his life the house supposedly lit up when Rogers arrived, and he played jazz piano and bantered with them late into the night. Further, like with the reporters, Rogers sent him notes and kept in touch with the driver for the rest of his life.

This article has come up in a couple of different classes, for a couple of different reasons. I couldn't tell you exactly why, other than I had read it recently and that I tend to free associate quite a bit. Last night in class I mentioned that if I could scrape off a layer of pointless ego and be like Mr. Rogers, I would be better off.

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