So, it’s no surprise that I’m a geek. And as such, I often listen to NPR.
And I enjoy it.
So much so, that I actually download podcasts of some of my favorite shows in case I can’t catch them in my car, which is where I usually listen.
One show in particular is called Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. It’s a funny news show/quiz game/comedy hour. They basically make fun of everything that happened in the news throughout the previous week. One segment of the show is where they give you three seemingly ridiculous stories, and the guest has to guess which one of the three is actually true.
Today’s theme for this segment was Mr. Rogers, with facts taken from the Mental Floss page about him, and I learned some crazy stuff about the dude.
Here are a couple of my favorite facts that I learned about about Mr. Rogers:
Even Koko the Gorilla loved him
Most people have heard of Koko, the Stanford-educated gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in American Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. As Esquire reported, when Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off!
He Made Thieves Think Twice
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.”
Every one of the cardigans he wore on the show had been hand-knit by his mother.
Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister.