I also wrote:
To say he was one of the kindest, gentlest men I have ever seen would be an understatement.
I also noted that I was strongly considering buying a cardigan (or two) to wear whenever I taught as a tribute to Mister Rogers, and to remind me of what kind of teacher and person he was. My wife/Santa brought me two cardigan sweaters the next Christmas, and I’ve worn them proudly on many of the days that I’ve taught. The students got to know those sweaters pretty well.
Instead of wanting to be like Mike, I wanted to be like Fred, and dressing like him was part of the process.
Today, thanks to fellow accounting educator and Internet curator extraordinaire, Bob Jensen, I have more guidance as to how to be like Fred (beyond the obvious things like being kind and respectful).
Bob posted a link to a story from Open Culture that provided a list of Mr. Rogers 10 favorite books. The list was put together in response to a request Mr. Rogers had received from someone who was putting together a book that would be a compilation of the favorite books of famous people.
Here is Mr. Rogers response to that request, including the list of his favorite books:
I must admit I have not read any of the books on the list, at least cover to cover.
Sure I’ve read many passages from the Bible, and I’m familiar with many of the works of Shakespeare, and I’m sure I’ve read many poems by Robert Frost. But the other ones, I’ve never really heard of.
It’s an interesting list, and provides some further insight into the kind of person Fred was, as does the language of the letter itself.
So I guess if I want to be like Fred, it looks like I’ve got some serious reading to do.
I’m curious if anyone is familiar with any of the books listed 1-6; is there one you might recommend I get started with?