Asteroid 26858, Misterrogers, was discovered on March 21, 1993 by Eleanor F. "Glo" Helin at Palomar Observatory near Pauma Valley, California. Misterrogers has a period of 3 years, 213 days.

It was named for veteran TV children's show host Fred McFeely Rogers (1928-2003), whose program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,, aired for more than 30 years on PBS in the United States. Fred Rogers taught that everyone is unique and deserving of love and respect "just the way you are" and showed that men could be sensitive, empathetic and gentle without being wimps or effeminate. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he used his program to impart Christian values without overt preaching or obtrusive biblical references. His calm, deliberate way of speaking, cardigan sweaters and catchphrase "Won't you be my neighbor?" were widely parodied, but "Mister Rogers" became a national institution widely mourned when he died of stomach cancer at 73.

Fred Rogers

Astrologically, asteroid Misterrogers seems to indicate being sensitive and nurturing, to be a "good neighbor" or good citizen, or the desire to be this (real or professed).

Jimmy Carter has Misterrogers in the eleventh house, septile Saturn (work, career, rewards and consequences) and square Chariklo (glamorization, need to keep perspective).

Bill Clinton has Misterrogers in the twelfth house, square Pallas (politics, conceptualization, defense of civilized values).

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (born April 8, 1939 in Kumasi, Ghana), who during his tenure has had to deal with genocidal rampages in Rwanda and Burundi, ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and Bosnia, human trafficking and the effects of globalization and global warming, has Misterrogers semisextile Pluto, trine Nessus (purifying of psychological toxins, acquisitiveness) and Lilith (to bring together, to deal with reluctantly), and opposite Damocles (constant danger, crisis, drastic change, politics).

Martin Luther King, Jr. had Misterrogers in the fifth house of self-expression, square the Nodes (making connections and separations, past experiences and transcending them, taking in and giving out), trine Lilith (the marginalized, integration), and quincunx Varuna (grown big, judgment).

Nelson Mandela has Misterrogers in the eleventh house, square Neptune (ideals, prison) and trine Pluto (transformative).

Desmond Tutu (born October 7, 1931, in Klerksdorp, South Africa) has Misterrogers square Chiron (the door-opener, the maverick), Don Quixote (taking on the system), and Talos (to "throw stones"), trine Nessus, biquintile Vesta (dedication), and contraparallel North Node (transcending the past, making connections).

Princess Diana, a woman known for her good works, particularly with regard to AIDS and land mines, had Misterrogers in the tenth house of career and reputation, sextile Pluto, quintile Uranus (to break through), square Jupiter and Don Quixote, trine Chiron, and quincunx Phaethon (a phenomenon).

Dag Hammarskjold (born July 29, 1905 in Jonkoping, Sweden), who was UN Secretary-General in the 1950s and died in a plane crash while trying to mediate in a conflict in southern Congo-Kinshasa, had Misterrogers sesquiquadrate Neptune, trine Pluto and Don Quixote, opposite Lilith and Asbolus (advice given but not necessarily taken), and contraparallel Chiron and Nessus.

Former Irish president and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson (born May 21, 1944, in Ballina, Ireland) has Misterrogers square Juno (the disenfranchised), sesquiquadrate Pallas and Chiron, and quincunx Saturn.

Anti-land-mine activist Jody Williams (born October 9, 1950 in Putney, Vermont) has Misterrogers semisextile the Sun, undecimal Chiron, semisquare Mercury (speaking, writing), and contraparallel Pallas.

Canadian anti-child-labor and anti-slavery activist Craig Kielburger (born December 17, 1982, in Toronto) has Misterrogers conjunct Jupiter (the law, foreign countries), semisextile Don Quixote, decile Venus, and square Vesta.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (born March 2, 1931, in Privolnoye, Stavropolskaya, Russia), who has carved out a new career for himself as a human-rights and environmental activist, has Misterrogers sextile Venus and Pandora, trine Mars (energy, aggression), opposite Ixion (creating karma), and contraparallel Cruithne (branded).

Mahatma Gandhi had Misterrogers conjunct Juno, opposite Chariklo, and contraparallel Hylonome (popular appeal, popular sentiment).

Rodney King has Misterrogers in the eighth house, undecimal Neptune (alcohol, idealism), quintile Ceres (to nurture), tredecile Venus, trine Mercury (the media) and Phaethon (out of control), and quincunx Varuna (grown big). During the 1992 Los Angeles riots that erupted after the former police officers who beat him were acquitted of assault, he publicly pleaded for everyone to get along.

Rwandan president Paul Kagame (born October 23, 1957, in Gitarama, Rwanda), who has found himself leading a country still deeply scarred by the 1994 genocide, has Misterrogers square Uranus and Chiron, tredecile Ceres, biquintile Juno, and opposite Varuna.

Fred Rogers himself had Misterrogers in the second house of values and moneymaking, semisquare Chiron, sextile Nessus, Don Quixote and Dioretsa, trine Damocles and the Vertex (significant relationships), and opposite Saturn and Hidalgo (to assert, to promote).

Even the not as "neighborly" among us have a Misterrogers in their chart:

George W. Bush has Misterrogers in the second house, conjunct Mars (the military), sextile Chariklo (need to keep perspective), quincunx Nessus (greed, anger), and quincunx Dioretsa and Cruithne (stigmatized).

Adolf Hitler had Misterrogers in the twelfth house of self-undoing, square Pallas, trine Pluto and Varuna, sesquiquadrate Vesta and parallel Uranus.

Hideki Tojo (born December 30, 1884, in Tokyo), premier of Japan during World War II, had Misterrogers semisquare Saturn, sextile Vesta and Cruithne, square Nessus and Ixion, trine Jupiter, quincunx Pallas, and contraparallel Damocles.

Slobodan Milosevic has Misterrogers sextile Ceres and the South Node, square Heracles (to fight against), and trine the North Node.

The glyph for Misterrogers is mine.

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