These three were my favorite:
- 1. 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 donâ€™t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogersâ€™ 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 sheâ€™d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off!
- 5. He Might Have Been the Most Tolerant American Ever
Mister Rogers seems to have been almost exactly the same off-screen as he was onscreen. Despite being an ordained Presbyterian minister, and a man of tremendous faith, Mister Rogers preached tolerance first. Whenever he was asked to castigate non-Christians or gays for their differing beliefs, he would instead face them and say, with sincerity, â€œGod loves you just the way you are.â€ Often this provoked ire from fundamentalists.
- 3.Â Junod points out that Rogers found beauty in the number 143. According to the piece, Rogers came â€œto see that number as a giftâ€¦ because, as he says, â€œthe number 143 means â€˜I love you.â€™ It takes one letter to say â€˜Iâ€™ and four letters to say â€˜loveâ€™ and three letters to say â€˜you.â€™ One hundred and forty-three.â€