He was who I needed at the time I needed him and was formational to my character.

He was who I needed at the time I needed him and was formational to my character.

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As I got older and learned more about him, my respect for him grew. He was the salmon swimming against the stream. They tried to shut him down a number of times, testifying before Congress in the late 60s to save PBS and in the early 80s to save home video recordings against broadcast TV and cable giants.

And you know what? The way he talked on his show is EXACTLY how he spoke to Congress. They were just more kids on the show to him. He was just what he was.

Even if the rest of the world turned against him, I’d defend him.

The world is going to give you shit regardless. He knew that as much as anybody did.

But who is going to take the time to help form a good core in your character?

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Here’s the thing you may not understand:
He only spoke to me.

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That’s what was so awesome about him. He only spoke to me. He also only spoke to you. He also only spoke to millions of kids, each of them individually.

I try to take down my heroes a notch or two because it keeps me honest, but I got no criticism for him. Can’t.

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