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If those who sponsor programs, and those who sit on boards of directors of places that own networks, if they would simply watch a lot of what's on their air, and say to themselves, "Do I want my family watching this?" -- I think that the climate would change and the landscape of television could be what it's meant to be -- and that is, a landscape of nourishment for the human family.

-- Fred "Mr." Rogers, on Nightline

On Nightline, there was a clip of him, as a relative unknown back in the 60s, testifying before the Senate to convince a skeptical committee that public television needed $20 million more. He simply spoke quietly and gently about his program, and the gruff Senator Pastore said, "Well, you just got yourself another $20 million." If Disney really wanted an educator on its board -- with principles -- it should have asked him, instead of one of Eisner's personal acquaintances.

RIP, sir. Thanks for always being there for the kids.
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