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Old 12 February 2013, 08:10 AM
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Goldfish Mr. Rogers fed the fish out loud

Comment: I stumbled across an interesting rumor about Mister Rogers that I
hadn't heard before, and I'm not finding anything to either support or
discredit it:

Another true story: one time he received a letter from a blind girl who
mentioned that she gets nervous sometimes that he’d forget to feed the
fish. From that moment on, he made some comment outloud about how he was
feeding the fish so she and any other blind viewers would know that he
hadn’t forgotten.

Is there any way to find out if this is true or not?
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Old 12 February 2013, 12:33 PM
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I read that in one of his books, Dear Mr. Rogers. Here's the relevant passage from Google Books.

And I'll quote it here:

One girl and her family wrote to tell us there was a special reason why she wanted me to talk about feeding the fish each day.

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.
Katie, age 5
(Father's note: Katie is blind, and she does cry if you don't say you that you have fed the fish.

Since hearing from Katie, I've tried to remember to mention out loud those times I'm feeding the fish.
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Old 13 February 2013, 01:49 AM
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How did katie know he had fish?
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Old 13 February 2013, 02:02 AM
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Because sometimes he mentioned it outloud.
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Old 13 February 2013, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Arriah View Post
Because sometimes he mentioned it outloud.
"You know what? I think it's time to feed the fish. Yes, it is. I'm going to feed the fish some of his favorite food. Do you have a favorite food? I do. Here's the fish now. And I'm going to just sprinkle a little of this fish food on the water, and here he comes to eat it--HOLY JUMPING JEBUS! WE'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT!"
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Old 13 February 2013, 01:24 PM
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You are en fuego today Brad.
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Old 13 February 2013, 01:35 PM
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I so love Mr. Rogers. It seems like most of his life consisted of sweet stories about doing things for others.
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Old 13 February 2013, 01:38 PM
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I would totally watch Mr From Georgia's Neighborhood.
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Old 13 February 2013, 03:08 PM
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This is all because Mr. Rogers wants to be your chum.
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