When I heard that Joybubbles had died, my mind turned less to phone phreaking and his exploits as a young man, and instead to the story of his extended visit to Pittsburgh in 1998, when he listened to the videotapes of every episode of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood in the Pitt Archives.

The tapes, they were more than what I hoped for,” he said. “They were very healing for reasons I don’t even know how to explain. They’re just a wonderful child development course. I found out what childhood means, how we’re all special. I heard thousands of things to think and wonder about.” – Joybubbles, quoted by Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Though I never met him, his story and presence brought joy. Rest in peace.

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