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THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers

Jesus > Religion

Comedian Lewis Black once talked about how a person can never see something (like a certain commercial) until it is mentioned by a friend. Then they'll see it constantly:

And, those of you who haven’t seen this commercial are now going to see it all the time.  Because that’s how it works.  It’s like if somebody comes up to you and tells you there’s a bear ****ing everywhere and you say, “W-w-w-well, that’s ridiculous!” And the next day, the bear is following you around.

Over the past five years, this has been the recurring theme of my life when it comes to Mister Rogers. Sure, since I've started the Archive, my neighbor-senses have been heightened; but the countless random references to Mister Rogers seen everywhere in our society show evidence of how widespread his influence was and continues to be.

Take this morning, for example.

I had just started reading a new book called Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke and there it was -- only 12 pages in and I'm faced with the name I cannot seem to escape (although, I don't really try).

Mister Rogers. He's everywhere.

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