[StBernard] Why Mr. Rogers Wore A Sweater

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Sun May 13 22:58:26 EDT 2012

Hate to burst this bubble, but the following is on both Wikipedia and
Marvin's and Keeshan's websites:

An urban legend claims that actor Lee Marvin said on The Tonight Show that
he had fought alongside Keeshan at the Battle of Iwo Jima in February-March,
1945. However, Marvin not only never said this, but had not served on Iwo
Jima (having been hospitalized from June 1944 until October 1945, from
wounds received in the Battle of Saipan),[15] and Keeshan himself never saw
combat, having enlisted too late to serve overseas. In fact, Keeshan was
only 17 years old when WWII came to end. Then....

A false rumor claims that Fred Rogers was once a U.S. Marine sniper in the
Vietnam War. The rumor appeared on the Internet in 1994 and re-emerged
several times over the next ten years, most notably after his death in
2003.[44][45] However, Rogers never served in any branch of the military.
Beginning in 1963, Rogers developed the Misterogers program for the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation. In 1966, he moved back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
in the U.S. where he produced Mister Rogers' Neighborhood through the height
of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. Related claims that Rogers had a
number of military tattoos are also entirely false. If you think about it,
Fred Rogers would have been in his late 30's when the Vietnam War was
beginning to heat up - way too old to serve as an active Navy Seal.

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