Fred Rogers Dinosaur

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    I was going through some older shots, and I ran across this one. A number of cities across the country did this thing where each city had an animal, and artists from that city would decorate or paint them in different manners. Pittsburgh had dinosaurs, and this one was dedicated to Mister Rogers.

    I have a book called Dear Mister Rogers, it's a collection of letters that children have written to him. Here's one that always chokes me up.

    Dear Mister Rogers,

    Please say when you are feeding your fish, because I worry about them. I can't see if you are feeding them, so please say you are feeding them out loud.

    Katie, age 5

    (Father's note: Katie is blind, and she does cry if you don't say that you have fed the fish.)

    Mister Rogers made it a point to respond to all his letters, and in a personal manner. When he died, I was struck by how important that connection was to so many people; how one person could make such an impact, often through just a few words.

    We need more people like him.

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    1. leafy 117 months ago | reply

      ... don't dinosaurs EAT children? ...

    2. elston 117 months ago | reply

      That's never actually been proven, John.

    3. Elston's Dad 117 months ago | reply

      The dinosaurs in sneakers were believed to be harmless.

    4. Matt Niemi 117 months ago | reply

      The sneakers allowed the t-rex to sneak up on their eventual prey.

    5. ShimmeeGrrl 117 months ago | reply

      I know I got choked up each time I had to hear about his passing. what a super nice guy!
      nice shot. thanks for posting it. :)

    6. Miss Plum 117 months ago | reply

      great, now i am tearing up at my desk!

    7. jimheid 117 months ago | reply

      I love this! A fave.

      Mr. Rogers ruled. And the music! How great was Johnny Costa?!

    8. elston 117 months ago | reply

      How great was Johnny Costa? I'm not sure, but I'm going to find out.

    9. moufle 117 months ago | reply

      Johnny Costa was the Mozart of jazz piano. Jazz legend Art Tatum, called Costa "the white Tatum." more

      He was also the music director for Mr Roger's Neighborhood. Despite the many opportunities Mr Rogers had during those years to put on his rubber-soled shoes and sneak up on Johnny Costa and devour him in a few artfully arranged bites, he did not. Which just goes to show the man's greatness.

    10. ~42n81~ 117 months ago | reply

      total amen

      i liked The Banana Man

      a lot

    11. pixietart 117 months ago | reply

      this is amazing!

    12. nicolai_g 117 months ago | reply

      This should be totally wrong, but somehow it's just friendly-looking and really cool.

    13. drp 117 months ago | reply

      Would you eat mine, could you eat mine...won't you neighbor.

      And I agree. With his passing there was a void left that cannot be filled again. We just don't need to entertain kids, but to educate them, and instill in them a real sense of self-worth and wonder.

      Fred did that.

    14. janinewhite 117 months ago | reply

      Fun shot & great quote.

    15. Fossil Freak 115 months ago | reply

      I took so many pictures of all the dinosaurs we could get to! This was one of my favorites.

    16. 顔なし 108 months ago | reply

      I've heard that some savage ripped the street car that was running down the dino's tail... love Fred Rogers, hate savages.

    17. numberstumper 105 months ago | reply

      That is one awesome dinosaur.

    18. agirlcalledsteph 78 months ago | reply

      i almost cried. almost. :[

    19. blakesaurus 74 months ago | reply

      i walk by this thing a lot. it's been moved to oakland now.

    20. SOMETHiNG MONUMENTAL 62 months ago | reply

      Haha. This is so great!

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