Watch Fred Rogers’ Emmy Acceptance Speech, Because We All Need It

Need a mental health break from a rough week? Mister Rogers is the best medicine.


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Fred Rogers received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Daytime Emmys. Then he made a ballroom full of Hollywood celebrities cry. Here is his acceptance speech. It’s worth watching once a month, just to remind yourself what it means to be a human.

Do you know the reason why Mister Rogers always mentioned out loud that he was feeding his pet fish? It was because a blind 5-year-old girl named Katie had written him a letter about it:

“Dear Mister Rogers,
Please say when you are feeding your fish, because I worry about them. I can't see if you are feeding them, so please say you are feeding them out loud.”

So he did.

#Transport: City mulling overground “bus subway”

Brace yourself: Pittsburgh is considering taking a page out of Cleveland’s book. Fortunately, this one would be a welcome adaptation. Today, a delegation led by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is touring Cleveland’s rapid bus line, which acts as a kind of overground subway.

The extra-long buses have their own reserved lanes, and traffic lights are programmed to give them priority. Best of all, passengers pay fares at vending machines before entering the bus, saving wasted time.

The $197 million project (comparatively cheap to underground rail) has been a huge hit in Cleveland and has revitalized a downtrodden part of the city. In Pittsburgh, the system would connect Oakland with downtown by using Forbes and Fifth avenues.

People have been screaming about that for only 50-odd years now.

More: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the full scoop.

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