Bob Keeshan

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For so many years gentle has been equated with weakness but it requires more strength to be gentle. So it's the every day encounters of life that I think we prepare children for and prepare them to be good to other people and to consider other people.

Robert James Keeshan (21 June 192723 January 2004), better known as Captain Kangaroo, was a United States television personality and childrens' advocate.

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Let me introduce myself. My name is, uh, Kangaroo... Kangaroo — Captain Kangaroo ... I'm the keeper here of the Treasure House.
We listened to each other and the interest was not put on; it was real. ... A child needs to be listened to and talked to at 3 and 4 and 5 years of age.
  • Let me introduce myself. My name is, uh, Kangaroo... Kangaroo — Captain Kangaroo ... I'm the keeper here of the Treasure House.
  • We have respect for our audience. ... We operate on the conviction that it is composed of young children of potentially good taste, and that this taste should be developed.
    • Interview with Steven V. Roberts in The New York Times (1965); as quoted in "Bob Keeshan, Creator and Star of TV's 'Captain Kangaroo,' Is Dead at 76" in The New York Times (24 January 2004)
  • Back in the old days, when I was a child, we sat around the family table at dinner time and exchanged our daily experiences.... It wasn't very organized, but everyone was recognized and all the news that had to be told was told by each family member. We listened to each other and the interest was not put on; it was real. ... A child needs to be listened to and talked to at 3 and 4 and 5 years of age ... Parents should not wait for the sophisticated conversation of a teenager.
  • It is my contention that most people are not mugged every day, that most people in this world do not encounter violence every day. I think we prepare people for violence, and I think it just as important that we prepare people for the definition of being gentle. ... for so many years gentle has been equated with weakness but it requires more strength to be gentle. So it's the every day encounters of life that I think we prepare children for and prepare them to be good to other people and to consider other people.
  • One of the big secrets of finding time is not to watch television.
    • Reply to a question on "how he found time to star in his own show and still engage in lecturing, volunteerism, the study of French, reading, and also spend time with his family and his hobbies of photography, fishing and sailing", as quoted in "Bob Keeshan, Creator and Star of TV's 'Captain Kangaroo,' Is Dead at 76" in The New York Times (24 January 2004)

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