Award-winning journalist Madigan profiled Fred Rogers (of children's TV fame), but in the end it was really Rogers who helped him. With a national tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.Review by Library Journal Reviews
Madigan, an award-winning journalist and author, found himself depressed and on the verge of a divorce in the 1990s. His deeply moving memoir examines how his friendship with Fred Rogers, otherwise known as Mister Rogers of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood , helped pull him out of that depression, save his marriage, and give him a completely new perspective on life. Madigan quotes Rogers as saying that he achieved so much in school "largely because I had somebody who believed in me and wasn't afraid to say so. As a result, Rogers provided those he befriended with unconditional love and support. Madigan says that Rogers, "a person possessed of an otherworldly purity and goodness, made it possible for him to forgive and understand his own father, deal with his anger, and find peace with the sorrows of life. Although the children's television icon died in 2003, Madigan's book allows him the opportunity to teach all of us the healing nature of friendship and how important it is to tell someone you are proud of her or him. While Rogers plays an important part here, the voyage is all Madigan's. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/06.] Mary E. Jones, Los Angeles P.L. [Page 98]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Fred Rogers, the "gentle icon" of public television's Mister Rogers' Neighborhood , taught generations of children and their parents how to express feelings and relate to others in a positive way. Rogers was also an ordained Presbyterian minister who regularly studied the important spiritual thinkers and shared his faith with an eclectic range of adult friends. Madigan, a journalist with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram , became one of those friends after writing a piece on Rogers and Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) in 1995. Soon Madigan and Rogers were corresponding, and Madigan reprints here many of their letters and e-mails. They built a warm, supportive friendship, one that nourished Madigan through his self-doubt "Furies" and the difficult death of his dear brother. As Rogers grieved for Madigan's losses and several of his own, the two taught each other about the beauty of giving and receiving "unconditional regard" from a beloved friend. So close did they become that readers may share Madigan's shock at discovering that Rogers was gravely ill--too weak for a last visit before his death in 2003. Even if readers don't feel their day-to-day lives transformed by this luminous memoir, in times of grief or of loss they'll know which book on their shelf to turn to. (Sept.) [Page 55]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A journalist discusses his friendship with the late children's TV programming host, describing how Rogers welcomed the author into his personal life and church, helping him to mend a long-standing dysfunctional relationship with his own father.Review by Publisher Summary 2
An award-winning journalist discusses his life-changing friendship with the late children's TV programming host, describing how Rogers welcomed the author into his personal life and church, helping him to mend a long-standing dysfunctional relationship with his own father. By the author of See No Evil.Review by Publisher Summary 3
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 friendship between the two, one that would see both men through periods of grief as well as the hope of new beginnings. I'm Proud of You is the story of this friendship and of the enduring legacy left to us all by Fred Rogers.