Wednesday, August 09, 2006

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

In 1969, the US Senate held a hearing regarding the funding of the newly founded Corporation for Public Broadcasting. They were in danger of getting their proposed budget slashed drastically. Fortunately, they had a secret weapon - a man not widely known at the time, whose name was Fred Rogers.

Senator John Pastore, who chaired the committee, had a reputation as a gruff, crusty man, and as Mr. Rogers makes his statement, it's a wonder to watch the shell fall off the senator and reveal the tenderness inside.

Why did I just get a sudden craving for crab meat?

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