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As unique as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was in its own TV era, Rogers would seem downright extraterrestrial on today's cable menu. Not long after Neville plays a snippet of Fox News, where pundits bemoan Rogers for coddling a generation by teaching them that everyone is special, a former worker on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" wonders if there's room today "for a nice person on TV". Where, on Earth, did Rogers come from? In the documentary he does sometimes smack of something alien, most of all when Neville relates how Rogers claimed he weighed 143 pounds (64 kilograms) every day of his adult life. An often ill child (Rogers had scarlet fever) who was bullied as "Fat Freddy" for being overweight, Rogers was left, as he says, "to make up a lot of my own fun".With these simple beliefs – love yourself, love your neighbor – Rogers made a quietly revolutionary show.Neville instead leaves us Rogers' simple and earnest message, and a final note of reflection on the people who shape our lives.
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