So, browsing through the new incarnation of RPG.net's motivational poster thread, I spotted this:
And there were some questions about who the man was, and as I am wont to do, I decided to read up on him, despite thinking I already knew enough...
Taken from Esquire Magazine according to Wikipedia:
Mister Rogers went onstage to accept the award — and there, in front of all the soap opera stars and talk show sinceratrons, in front of all the jutting man-tanned jaws and jutting saltwater bosoms, he made his small bow and said into the microphone, "All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are. Ten seconds of silence." And then he lifted his wrist, looked at the audience, looked at his watch, and said, 'I'll watch the time." There was, at first, a small whoop from the crowd, a giddy, strangled hiccup of laughter, as people realized that he wasn't kidding, that Mister Rogers was not some convenient eunuch, but rather a man, an authority figure who actually expected them to do what he asked. And so they did. One second, two seconds, seven seconds — and now the jaws clenched, and the bosoms heaved, and the mascara ran, and the tears fell upon the beglittered gathering like rain leaking down a crystal chandelier. And Mister Rogers finally looked up from his watch and said softly, "May God be with you," to all his vanquished children.
The quote might give the impression that some loons questioned his authority for more than a second.
I am not as in touch with religion as my parents would wish me to be. I never really cared for his show. It has been over two decades since I was even forced to watch one. I do not particularly regret these.
I do regret never having the chance to converse with him, however. Every time I look, I am again, impressed.