Mr. Rogers nails it.

Via Allie Bombach
on Nov 15, 2010
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Watch Mr. Rogers earn $20 million in 6 minutes.

“Mister Rogers defended public television to the US Senate; his testimony helped convince the Congress to increase funding to PBS, rather than cut it in half, as President Nixon wanted.”

In 1969, a Senate hearing was convened to determine whether to cut funding to PBS. Then unknown Mr. Rogers speaks for six minutes and ends with a song. The senator tells him “looks like you just earned the $20 million.”

I just about cried, rewatching this. It’s so sweet. it’s one of those things that takes me into the best of life, into the moment, into love.

What do you do with the mad that you feel?

A neighborhood expression of care.

When Mr. Rogers first starts talking you feel that all hope is lost.  His slow, mesmerizing voice that I knew and loved as a kid seems helpless against the quick retorts of the Senate.

But then he gives us all goosebumps.

What do you do with the mad that you feel?  When you feel so mad that you could bite. When the whole-wide world seems oh so wrong and nothing you do seems very right.  What do you do?

Do you punch a bag?

Do you pound some clay or some dough?

Do you round up friends for a game of tag or see how fast you go?

Its great to be able to stop, when you’ve planned a thing thats wrong, and be able to do something else instead and think this song.

I can stomp when I want to, I can stomp when I wish. I can stomp, stomp, stomp anytime.

And what a good feeling to feel like this, and know that the feeling is really mine.

Know that there is something deep inside that helps us become what we can.

Because a girl can be someday a lady, and a boy can be someday a man.


About Allie Bombach

Living in her restored 1970 Airstream, Allie recently relocated to Portland, Oregon where she works as a freelance videographer and filmmaker for the outdoor industry. She graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a B.A. in Business Marketing with a concentration in videography. A former raft guide and snowboard instructor, Allie found a passion in inspiring others to make the outdoors a part of their lives. Finding inspiration from the power of storytelling, she strives to promote simple living and environmental education. Only finding true peace while in between the lines, she finds “home” while on the road. An avid commuter in love with her bike, Allie is always in search for the next adventure, a good high five, and a hoppy IPA.


15 Responses to “Mr. Rogers nails it.”

  1. Jessica says:

    He sure was a class act.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    amen…I heart fred rogers

    "Looks like you just earned the 20 million dollars."

    And, I'm in (manly) tears. And goosebumps What a hero. Here's to songs and working out feelings over bombardment and gunfire!

  3. candicegarrett says:

    love this so much, thanks for sharing

  4. Nicole_M says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful piece, Allie. It brought tears to my eyes and so many memories of my childhood glued to Mr. Rogers….with my allowance of one hour of television per day.

  5. Joe Mohr says:

    Great post, Allie!

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  11. ldgray says:

    Who else thinks he may have said "stop," not "stomp?"

    It was transcribed: "Its great to be able to stop, when you’ve planned a thing thats wrong, and be able to do something else instead and think this song. / I can stomp when I want to, I can stomp when I wish. I can stomp, stomp, stomp anytime."

    Some have suggested that one important thing about play is that it's something that we can *stop* when we want to. In most other situations in life, either we are not permitted to quit, or quitting is heavily stigmatized.

  12. ldgray says:

    He did say "stop, stop, stop," according to PBS website (song lyrics copyright 1968).

  13. Lucinda Milam says:

    What a gentle spirit this man had. I loved him as a child and have forgotten
    how very special he was and how good he would make you feel. This would be a
    good lesson for our kids in schools today and for those of us who haven't learned
    to express our anger appropriately. Thank you so much for this post!