Thursday, February 27, 2003
There Goes the Neighborhood: The news saddened me, strangely, profoundly. I used to love watching Mr. Rogers. It didn't have the freaky, psychedelic qualities of "The Electric Company" or the range and depth of "Sesame Street", but damnit, this was a guy you could look up to and trust. His show was the same, which was reassuring, but different enough to keep your interest. The puppetry was strictly amateur, and the "special effects" anyone could replicate, but the tone and delivery really set his show apart. Lastly, he never was caught killing puppies; never endorsed products on infomercials. Basically, he never let you down. For a guy on public television, he had more impact than any primetime sitcom. R.I.P.