Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Equinox!

So yesterday was the first day of spring, which is really only a big deal if you're a Druid, an egg-balancing enthusiast, or you felt like braving the January-like temperatures for a free water ice. However, it was also the birthday of Rev. Fred McFeely Rogers, a day of much greater importance. I was planning to mark the day by wearing a cardigan, but I don't own such an item of clothing, and it's really hard to find one that doesn't scream "I'm a Giant Douche."

Anyways, I was doing some research into Mr. Rogers, and it turns out that he testified in the case of Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., which went to the Supreme Court and established the legality of taping TV shows for private use.

So to review: Fred Rogers was an advocate for fair use who opposed a litigious movie studio, he was a musician and songwriter who composed all of the music for his show, he rocked a cardigan sweater, and he had a TV hanging on his wall. If Mr. Rogers had been born 50 years later, he'd be the coolest guy you know.

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