But it seems clear that he's a much loved figure within the US.
Mm. Difficult to explain the relationship between Mr. Rogers and the people who watched him. Take the nostalgia of childhood television and ... I want to say you should double it. Here is someone that a lot of kids sat down with before they were even old enough to go to school and spent mornings with (at least, it was on in the morning where I was...?). He was the dude that you were positive would be able to fix anything, at all, ever, and I know people who wished like hell he was actually their neighbor. I'd imagine that for kids who didn't have someone like that
, he was a little bit of an uncle-surrogate. I've known people in the past to say "Dude, he was like my pretend-dad or something!"
I wish I had better words for the emotional attachment that people have described having to Mr. Rogers. I have a fairly tight-knit and large family, and even I would occasionally wish I could talk to Mr. Rogers, usually when I had managed to piss off everyone else in my family