I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers
It was 1995 when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram assigned Tim Madigan to write a profile of children�s television icon Fred Rogers. This fortuitous interview sparked a magnificent friendshi...more
Let's make sure we're clear right off the bat. I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers is not strictly about Mr. Rogers, but rather about how Rogers helped Tim Madigan through rough times, specifically Madigan's marriage, coming to grips with his relationship with his father, and his brother's life-threatening illness.
And to further clear up matters, I want you to know that I think this book is awesome. Yeah, it made me weepy throughout and yeah, it wasn...more
I always loved...more
So why 2 stars? Because if Tim is the main character, why is his perception so limited...more
Tim Madigan is a journalist who had the good fortune of interviewing Mr. Rogers years ago. That interview blossomed into a lifelong friendship. There is little more be...more
I found this at my neighborhood bookstore and was rapt within the first few paragraphs of the page I was reading, so wrought with emotion, I practically cried while standing there "browsing". I was little embarrassed by it and d...more
Rogers. These notes cover many topics such as friendship and love, faith, recovery, and loss and grief. The author discusses honestly his marriage, his relationship with his father, and the death of his brother...more
Kids' entertainment is assumed to be a few rungs down on the quality scale, and it's assumed that those who produce entertainment for kids just couldn't cut i...more
I have been enamored with Mr. Rogers since childhood, I used to watch his show, and have spent much of my adult life learning about him as a person.
This was an insightful look into the kind of man he was: kind, gentle, thoughful, and considered everyone his friend. It gave a fairly decent picture of who Fred Rogers is.
That being said, while I can appreciate the spiritual journey the author travelled,...more
My house is a mess, and I am out of tissues, but I finished the book and am glad. I have always valued the friends God has put in my life, this book is a testimony to the value of good friends. Although the beginning did not seem to "flow" well, it all came together in a...more
It is Tim Madigan's memoir as his life intersected with Fred Rogers.
That's okay, but I was much more interested in his insights into Rogers than his self reflection.
If anyone does know of a suitable (and available) biography of Fred Rogers, I would love to read it. My daughter wanted to do him for a book report on a person who made an...more
I almost didn't buy this but then got the audio version off of Amazon.
I drove around for weeks, listening, and dabbing my eyes. I had no idea this is what Mister Rogers was really like. By the time you finish the reader understands why some put Mister Rogers in the category of saint.
No other book has come close to describing the healing experience I...more
Tim Madigan has written a moving memoir about his friendship with Mr. Rogers. I feel grateful to Mr. Madigan for his candid portrayal of their friendship and his willingness to share such personal feelings. It's also wonderful to know that a child's belief in Mr. Rogers is not misplaced, but even rather inadequate. May we all have such h...more
I have always loved Mr. Rogers and now I feel I know him just a bit better.
I went looking for a Mr. Rogers Biography, but didn't have any luck. I did find this book though, a memoir of a guy's friendship with Mr. Rogers. The memoir seems to paint an honest and touching portrait of the person, to the extent that it is hard not to feel a little bit jealous that you didn't g...more
I read this book because Mr. Rogers was one of my favorite TV shows growing up. I felt close to the TV show host when I was little. Now after learning Child Psychology I see how wonderful that show was.
This book talks a lot about Tim Madigan's life and about some of the things that were going on that were horrible and wonderful in his life during the time that he knew Fred Rogers. His close friend, Mr. Rogers, helped share in these things and makes sev...more
Perhaps because Mr. Rogers is such an icon in America from his long-running children's television series, when I first picked up this book I thought it would b...more
I checked this book out from the library on April 11, 2012, after hearing a mention of the book on a PBS documentary entitled Mister Rogers and Me. I loved watching the show Mr Rogers Neighborhood growing up and was always a little star struck by the fact that my own Father had met Fred Rogers because of his director position on the board of the Southern Illinois public television station.
After reading several chapters of the book, I was saddened by the side story of the author's brother's bat...more
In the moments when it seemed painfully poignant and almost too lovely to be real, I realized my discomfort came from our human defense of shielding ourselves somew...m...more
But author Tim Madigan, who wrote articles for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, had the opportunity to interview Mr. Rogers, and then as a result they became very close friends. This book describes the "almost unbearable" sweetness of Mr. Rogers and how he took his show and its message very seriously,...more
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'At first, the boy was made very nervous by the thought that Mister Rogers was visiting him. He was so nervous, in fact, that when Mister Rogers did visit, he got mad at himself and began hating himself and hitting himself, and his mother had to take him to another room and talk to him. Mister Rogers didn't leave, though. He wanted something from the boy, and Mister Rogers never leaves when he wants something from somebody. He just waited patiently, and when the boy came back, Mister Rogers talked to him, and then he made his request. He said, 'I would like you to do something for me. Would you do something for me?' On his computer, the boy answered yes, of course, he would do anything for Mister Rogers, so then Mister Rogers said: I would like you to pray for me. Will you pray for me?' And now the boy didn't know how to respond. He was thunderstruck... because nobody had ever asked him for something like that, ever. The boy had always been prayed for. The boy had always been the object of prayer, and now he was being asked to pray for Mister Rogers, and although at first he didn't know how to do it, he said he would, he said he'd try, and ever since then he keeps Mister Rogers in his prayers and doesn't talk about wanting to die anymore, because he figures if Mister Rogers likes him, that must mean that God likes him, too.
As for Mister Rogers himself... he doesn't look at the story the same way the boy did or I did. In fact, when Mister Rogers first told me the story, I complimented him on being smart - for knowing that asking the boy for his prayers would make the boy feel better about himself - and Mister Rogers responded by looking at me first with puzzlement and then with surprise. 'Oh heavens no, Tom! I didn't ask him for his prayers for him; I asked for me. I asked him because I think that anyone who has gone through challenges like that must be very close to God. I asked him because I wanted his intercession.”