February 27, 2003

Fred Rogers

Small bits today, but important ones:

First and foremost, Fred Rogers, the man better known as Mister Rogers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, passed away from stomach cancer in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Rogers was 74. For those of you who were raised on Nickelodeon and the Internet, this will be of really no interest to you, since you may or may not not who the man is. However, in the 1970s and 1980s he was a true pioneer in educational programming for children. What he did had a profound effect on many children, who are now today's adults, and the way they viewed the world and interacted with it. Simply put: as a kid, he made you feel good. What a legacy to leave.
More Info: NY Times Obituary on Fred Rogers (registration required, but free)

New reports and info about the Space Shuttle Columbia. Apparently an email was written that detailed what *might* happen to the Columbia in a worst case scenario. That scenario was the one that actually happened on February 1, raising the possibility that things might have gone differently if this info could have gotten into the correct hands on time.

That's it for today. I know it's not entertaining or fun, but it's newsworthy.

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