Jock, (born May 1985), a western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) in Bristol Zoo, by Jack Hynes, via Wikimedia Commons
By reaching out to a sentient and highly intelligent animal, we learned a great deal of what it means to be human, a caring and compassionate human being. Koko loved kind people; she knew who they were! According to a beautiful tribute in the New York Times, Koko’s favorite fan was Fred Rogers, and he loved her back. Mister Rogers who is being remembered in Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary opening in New Jersey today. Watch this space for a review.
She also had a deep bond with one of the finest, most brilliant actors, Robin Williams. And that gifted soul loved her back. According to the Gorilla Foundation, Koko was crestfallen upon learning about Mr. Williams’s tragic suicide.
May we rejoice in the memory of these three beautiful souls, who brought the
In 1981, Fred Rogers had a simple, yet profound message for Jeff Erlanger, a boy who was permanently disabled during a complex surgery. The sincere positivity of both Jeff and Mister Rogers shone through.
“Fast forward” some 20 years latter, and Fred has a surprise reunion with Jeff, now a young man. Said Jeff. “You know, when you tell people that ‘It’s you I like,’ you know that you really mean it. And tonight, I want to let you know that, on behalf of millions of children and grown-ups, it is you that I like.”
Just recently, the online magazine and blog, Petzoid, reminded us how Fred Rogers has touched the lives of so many children, who as adults never forget the kindness of this of a very special man.
Fred Rogers, who died of cancer 12 years ago today (February 27, 2014), has words of kindness to the children he loved. Yes, these children who are now in their 30s and 40s. PBS posted this wonderful 2002 video interview with Mr. Rogers. Rest assured, Mister Rogers, we love you too. And send you a great big hug.