Compilation of Mr. Rogers intros over 33 years (video)

Call him the original “It Gets Better.”  Mr. Rogers seemed a necessary change of subject from Walmart’s mom-dismembering gun shopper.

Truth be told, I was more of a Captain Kangaroo fan than a Mr. Rogers aficionado. With only one TV in the house, and no VCR in the 60s (and no color TV either), it was a always battle between my brother, who wanted to watch Ray Rayner, and me and the Captain.

I ran into Captain Kangaroo coming out of a store in downtown Chicago when I was in college. Almost wet myself. It’s funny the impact some of these figures have on our lives, and we don’t even realize it.

First, a photo gallery of Mr. Rogers over the years (you need to scroll down once you get to each new page), taken from a video compilation of Mr. Rogers singing the opening song over 33 years, which I post below.  Then a little feedback from Fox News about why they think Mr. Rogers is evil.

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Now check out this Fox News broadcast from 2010 in which they explain why Mr. Rogers is “evil.”  You see, according to Fox, by telling kids that they’re “special” just for who they are, he created an entitlement culture where they now want everything for free, or as Paul Ryan would call them, they’re “takers” – the 47%.  Fox suggests that Mr. Rogers should have told kids:

“The world owes you nothing.  If you’re [garbled] you gotta prove it. All these people, these kids, are going to college, say ‘okay I got a B, I need an A.’ Because I’m special…. That man, unintentionally, did a whole generation or two a disservice.”

Yeah, Mr. Rogers is a socialist.  Who isn’t to these people?  Fox is an entire TV network built on hate and intolerance, which makes sense since it’s the propaganda organ of a political party built on hate and intolerance.

And here finally is Dr. Evil himself, over four decades:

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  • valid point!

  • Houndentenor

    You can find the same quotes from ancient Greece. We have a selective memory of our own history. We of course were perfect as children, teens and young adults, but these kids today…. I spend a lot of time working with young adults (I teach) and in a lot of ways they are on the whole a lot more savvy and together than the typical young person was when I was their age. They are different and rather than condemn that difference, it’s better just to work with it. Other than their handwriting (do they even teach penmanship any more) they are much farther along in their understanding of the world around them than I was at that age.

  • silas1898

    40 years ago when I was a teenager I heard the same crap one hears today:
    “Kids these days are lazy and worthless, not like we were”
    “They don’t make anything good anymore. All this cheap crap just falls apart”
    “Our future will be destroyed when they take over”
    “The gubmint is gonna take our guns tomorrow!”
    “These kids are starting (Name Your Vice Here) younger and younger every year”
    They should be smoking crack in the womb by now. Ad nauseum….
    It seems like when people have kids, they totally forget what it’s like to be a kid.

  • I was too old to enjoy Sesame Street, the Electric Company, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, but I will write this: I envy Fred Rogers because he found out what he liked to do and did it. Kudos to Frank McCourt as well.

  • Sweetie

    The degeneration of the human body is such a sad thing. It’s too bad our photo progressions don’t go the other direction.

  • Sweetie

    What generation isn’t filled with entitled and narcissistic people.

    Um, that’s the entire history of humanity.

  • Oh that’s intg, see if you find something, and post it here.

  • LOL

  • djny10003

    Here’s a funny story about Mr. Rogers: my in-laws own a house in Nantucket across the street from him. He bought 2 acres of prime beachfront land that he wanted to sub-divide into 1/4-acre lots, so the neighbors banded together to have it declared protected land. Said my mother-in-law: “Mr. Rogers was going to ruin our neighborhood!” After that, he didn’t talk to his neighbors much.

  • I’m 33 and grew up with Mr. Rogers, and entitlement and narcissism weren’t hallmarks of my generation. Mr. Rogers was on the air for decades and the Millennials are the only generation we’re seeing this in.

  • josephebacon

    40 years ago, I was a freshman at Pitt. I’d often walk at night past WQED. I’d see Rev. Rogers a couple times. Talked to him. You couldn’t meet a more decent person anywhere else. As for Faux News, fuck them!

  • Slideguy

    Actually, the coolest video would be a compilation of the music they played over the credit rolls. John Costa, the pianist, would have spent the show improvising over the sketches, and when Fred would say, “… and people can like you just the way you are”, and head out the door, the trio would improvise bebop over the credits. Something new every day. And those guys could play. Rogers had told Costa, when he hired him, that he didn’t have to “play down” to the kids. And he didn’t. Fred Rogers was the best.

  • Thank you.

    He told me that helping kids like the one I used to be was his entire purpose in doing that show, and our thanks all the reward he ever needed. It was all I could do to keep from bursting into tears at that point.

  • LOL oh god. :)

  • I had that feeling about Captain Kangroo and Pee Wee Herman.

  • Your narrative is a wonderful story about how cause and effect may create anchor points of humanity and kindness in our lives. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Spin212

    When is someone going to go after Steve Doocy and compile some of his clips from the days when he was the (intentional) comic relief on DC’s CBS affiliate?

  • S1AMER

    One of the sweetest, kindest people who ever lived. Children could see that but many adults to this day, alas, cannot.

  • pappyvet

    Can you say Fox News[giggle],spreads hate and lies? Sure you can.

  • I’ve recounted this story before, how I met Mr. Rogers in college (CMU) because he regularly walked across our campus on his way to the local public television studios. It was when I dropped a pile of computer printouts, and was shocked to discover the passerby who stopped to help me collect them before they blew away was none other than the man who helped me get through a very troubled and often (although not alway) psychologically abusive childhood.

    I know he had a weird way of talking and some folks didn’t like the way he came across, but to me he was one of the few constants I felt I could depend on. And a much-needed daily dose of adult benevolence.

    I was grateful that day, not just for the help in collecting those papers, but to be given a chance to say thank you, in person.

  • Naja pallida

    Personally, I always found Mr. Rogers to be incredibly creepy. In my mind I linked him with Norman Bates and just never shook it.

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