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Mr. Rogers: VCR Savior

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At least according to CNN/Living.com, which listed 15 reasons why Mr. Rogers and his Neighborhood was the best neighbor ever.

4. He saved both public television and the VCR.Strange but true. When the government wanted to cut public television funds in 1969, the relatively unknown Mister Rogers went to Washington.

Almost straight out of a Frank Capra film, his 5-6 minute testimony on how TV had the potential to give kids hope and create more productive citizens was so simple but passionate that even the most gruff politicians were charmed. While the budget should have been cut, the funding instead jumped from $9 to $22 million.

Rogers also spoke to Congress, and swayed senators into voting to allow VCR’s to record television shows from the home. It was a cantankerous debate at the time, but his argument was that recording a program like his allowed working parents to sit down with their children and watch shows as a family.

It seems Mr. Rogers was intelligent enough to stay out of the Blu-ray HD-DVD war.

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