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Feb. 27th, 2003

Man, more about Mr. Rogers, I can't help it, and I don't care.

I liked the way his grown-up friends called him "Fred". I don't remember why exactly, I just liked that, as a kid. But his kid friends called him Mr. Rogers. I loved it when he left his house, to go to the music guy's house, or someplace else. I love that everyone knows how crayons are made, and he's why. I used to love it when he went on his back porch, where he had a sand box. OOH or down in his basement, I remember he traced around his kid friends on butcher's paper. Or when he did stuff in his kitchen, I liked the way stuff sounded in there. And how about that traffic light? When you first saw a traffic light for sale somewhere, at some antique store or something, you WANTED it, didn't you? But man are those fuckers expensive.

And there were two main ways to get to the land of Make-Believe, right? One was when he made the trolley go, that was the usual way, but wasn't there another way? I can't remember.

And the jazz! That jazz was hot. And the little model town! And I liked the way he admitted that he did the puppets, and the voices. I remember he brought them all into his living room one time, in suitcases. Because we were kids, but we weren't stupid. He treated us with respect, and he never talked down to us.

That's all I got. I have a lot of work to do. Seeya.

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clockworkmonkey
Feb. 27th, 2003 09:38 am (UTC)
I think the other way to Make Believe was bourbon.

Seriously, though I think you're right. Didn't he sometimes just sit down and start to imagine and then the screen would go all wavy and come back in the Neighborhood of Make Believe?
illscientist
Feb. 27th, 2003 09:40 am (UTC)
Mister Rogers was huge when I was a kid, too. That was my show, right there. Sesame Street was like, eh, I'll watch it, but I wasn't that into it. But man. Mr. Rogers... hell yeah!

Also, I don't know if you said this, but he played a lot (or all, I'm not sure) of the jazz on his show. I forget what he played, though.
clockworkmonkey
Feb. 27th, 2003 09:49 am (UTC)
illscientist
Feb. 27th, 2003 10:10 am (UTC)
oh yeah. duh.
king_kai
Feb. 27th, 2003 09:56 am (UTC)
i remember the day i realized that i was more excited about seeing Mr. Rogers than Sesame Street. it was a total shock to me, becuase i loved Sesame Street, but one day i just found that i enjoyed Mr. Rogers more. he introduced me (and probably you) to Itzhak Perlman & Yo-Yo Ma & Wynton Marsalis, to the graham cracker, chalk & apple juice making processes, he even showed Lou Ferrigno getting into his Hulk make up. for some reason, as much as i loved the land of make believe (huge King Friday mark), my favorite thing would be when he fed the fish. Mr. Rogers makes me think of my grandmom.

a few years ago, when i was in college, i started watching Sesame Street & Mr. Rogers again. i found that Sesame Street still had some of the same little "shorts," good for the nostalgia factor, bolstered by new stuff that was fresh & fun. but i couldn't watch Mr. Rogers. see, unlike Snuffleupagus or Telly or Slimey, Mr. Rogers had aged. significantly. i couldn't bring myself to watch him like that. makes me sad to think of that now. RIP, Fred.
_loveletter
Feb. 27th, 2003 02:50 pm (UTC)
the other way to the land of make believe was through the fishtank, when he fed the fish.

wait. RIGHT?
or was that the end?

i was so excited about being the first person with the right answer.
all i remember is that he'd feed the fish, and we'd zoom in on the fishtank and then go all blurry and something would happen. but now i think that might have been the ritual at the end of the show. besides all the clothes-changing and etc.

and man, teaching us how crayons are made. what a guy.
_loveletter
Feb. 27th, 2003 02:53 pm (UTC)
WAIT.

the fishtank was when it was time to say goodbye. but i just found this on tha inner-net:

My favorite part of the show was when he would go to the Land of Make-Believe by using the models he had on a shelf in the kitchen.
littlewashu
Feb. 28th, 2003 04:22 am (UTC)
Yes, the models in the kitchen! Good work, _loveletter! He would do it that way if he had been in the kitchen doing a project. Those models were pretty phat.
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