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Posted by babka at on May 02, 2004 at 00:22:13:

In Reply to: Babka - I just saw an old Mr. Rogers posted by nastypup on May 01, 2004 at 18:00:31:

you're more than welcome, was my pleasure. I
particularly loved any time I got to spend with Daniel Striped Tiger. I've
never read the fictive version of Fred, only heard it existed. Thanks for
posting the rebuttal, Jami. I might add that (see Rashomon) everyone
had his/her Fred. He was born into vast wealth (his mother, who
knitted every stitch in every one of his cardigan sweaters, owned
stock in NBC), and then as now the rich don't always have to serve in
combat. Johnny Costa, his musical director certainly did. Fred's
long, devoted ministry/service was the program: he produced it, wrote
every script, every song, voiced and created 11 puppets, and a
trunkful of songs and operas, with the exception of those songs and
stories he wrote for The Children's Corner with Josie Carey, who was
the original "lady" character, and who was unceremoniously dumped
when Fred himself decided to come out from behind the puppets and
the piano behind the set - and dare to be himself on camera. Gabby
Hayes had advised him to talk to just "one little buckeroo". Stoots:
what good taste you have! Bob Trow (Robert Troll/Bob Dog) was so
wonderful; was a gifted artist, had done for many years a comedic
radio show in Pittsburgh. Robert Troll's "nonsense talk" was
supposed to replicate the early efforts of little children to invent
language and to communicate. Did I miss anyone? Nary a tattoo on
the man. Swam every day. Happy May!

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