Your dose of hope for the day

I think Fred Rogers was a great man.  I think greatness is often an emergent property, as it was in Mr. Rogers’ case, of a lifetime committed to goodness.

Crooks and Liars has a clip up of Fred Rogers’ testimony before Congress in 1971, opposing cutbacks to the funding of Public Broadcasting.  He speaks to senators with the very same deliberate, gentle voice he used when hosting his children’s show, which I find wonderful.  Watch watch watch.  It’s great.

UPDATE: Here’s Tom Junod’s profile of Fred Rogers for Esquire, from November 1998.