A TV ICON

A thought just occurred to me. I am a kid at heart and just read an article about an upcoming movie. It is a biopic movie about the one, the only…Mister Rogers. Growing up, I loved watching Mister Rogers. I thought it was a “fun” show. Nowadays, watching clips on YouTube, I can fully appreciate what Fred Rogers was trying to do. Mister Rogers was a rarity in children’s television. He taught generations of kids about real situations…and how to make crayons. Fred Rogers taught kids about serious issues like divorce and death. Hell, even Koko the Gorilla admired Fred Rogers. A separate species revering a television icon? That’s extraordinary. I know Mister Rogers is a cultural phenomenon, but you always got the feeling that he was talking directly to you when he sang “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and telling us “It’s you I like”.
So the movie coming out has Tom Hanks as the late, great TV host. I think this is a great fit. Tom Hanks looks like Mister Rogers and has that “nice guy” attitude to him. The title, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, isn’t even directly about Fred Rogers. It’s about a television reporter interviewing Fred. I am so looking forward to seeing this movie because I, as I already stated, am a kid at heart. I got teary-eyed and nostalgic seeing the trailer.
So what do you think of Mister Rogers? Overrated or a cultural icon for all the right reasons? Thanks for reading!
-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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