If you’re ever feeling down just look at this dog with a hamburger in his mouth.
Here are some interesting facts about him, though:
- He basically saved public television. In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds. Mister Rogers then went to Washington where he gave an amazing merely six minute speech. By the end of the speech not only did he charm the hostile Senators, he got them to double the budget they would have initially cut down. The whole thing can be found on youtube, a video called “Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate.”
- “Certain fundamentalist preachers hated him because, apparently not getting the “kindest man who ever lived” memo, they would ask him to denounce homosexuals. Mr. Rogers’s response? He’d pat the target on the shoulder and say, “God loves you just as you are.” Rogers even belonged to a “More Light” congregation in Pittsburgh, a part of the Presbyterian Church dedicated to welcoming LGBT persons to full participation in the church.”
- According to a TV Guide piece on him, Fred Rogers drove a plain old Impala for years. One day, however, the car was stolen from the street near the TV station. When Rogers filed a police report, the story was picked up by every newspaper, radio and media outlet around town. Amazingly, within 48 hours the car was left in the exact spot where it was taken from, with an apology on the dashboard. It read, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.”
- Once, on a fancy trip up to a PBS exec’s house, he heard the limo driver was going to wait outside for 2 hours, so he insisted the driver come in and join them (which flustered the host). On the way back, Rogers sat up front, and when he learned that they were passing the driver’s home on the way, he asked if they could stop in to meet his family. According to the driver, it was one of the best nights of his life—the house supposedly lit up when Rogers arrived, and he played jazz piano and bantered with them late into the night. Further, like with the reporters, Rogers sent him notes and kept in touch with the driver for the rest of his life.
If anyone has burning questions about After Hours (such as the one above) I’m going to be answering them tonight from 9–10pm ET at Writerspace! There will be a ton of Signet / NAL authors chatting, including Bertrice Small and JR Ward! Just click this link at 9pm. Hope to see you there!
Oh—and I’ll be giving away a copy of After Hours, too!
Stephen Colbert’s truly perfect response to the Boston bombings.
meryl blinder, nyt family with birds1, gouache, photocopy on paper, 8x10”
The angst never ends. :-) Another reason why writers should enjoy every success along the way, no matter how small.
Originally posted in Writer Unboxed.
If only my parents’ white cockatiel were so sweet.
The Strangers on a Train blog tour kicks off tomorrow! This new series from Samhain is comprised of steamy contemporary romantic novellas by me (writing as Meg Maguire), Serena Bell, Samantha Hunter, Donna Cummings, and Ruthie Knox—all on the theme of, well, strangers meeting on trains!
Here are our scheduled stops, including which book and author are representin’ for the day—which also tells you which story you can enter to win by commenting on that post. “All the authors” means you can enter to win a complete set!
March 25, Bookaholic Anon, all the authors
March 26, The Raunch Dilettante, Thank You for Riding by Meg Maguire
March 27, Blogging by Liza, Big Boy by Ruthie Knox
March 28, Love to Read for Fun, Ticket Home by Serena Bell
March 29, Intrepid Reader, Back on Track by Donna Cummings
April 1, Kindles and Wine, Big Boy
April 2, RELEASE DAY! We’ll be at four different locations, giving away full sets of the books. Serena Bell will be at Romance@Random, Ruthie Knox will be at FictionVixen, Meg Maguire will be at Smexybooks, and the whole gang will be over at HEA USA Today.
April 3, Brunette Librarian, Tight Quarters by Samantha Hunter
April 4, Delighted Reader, Ticket Home
April 5, Ex Libris, all the authors
April 8, Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek, Big Boy
April 9, Feeling Fictional, Ticket Home
April 10, Romance Around the Corner, Thank You for Riding
April 11, Book Crack, all the authors
April 12, Romantic Book Affairs, all the authors
April 15, Harlequin Junkie, Tight Quarters
April 16, Shh Mom’s Reading, Back on Track
April 17, Dee’s Book Blog, Ticket Home
April 18, Totally Booked, Tight Quarters
April 19, Romance Reader at Heart, Back on Track
April 22, Talk Supe, Back on Track
Hope you can join us! And if you’re interested, here are some buy links for the series!
Somebody make this an actual thing I can watch, please.