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Today in Nerd History | February 19

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on February 19th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD | 1968

In 1968, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood premiered on PBS. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was a popular American children’s television series that ran until 2001, created and hosted by Fred Rogers, who taught life lessons and values through songs, stories, and puppet characters.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Every sweater that Mr. Rogers wore on the show was hand-knit by his mother.

  • The red trolley that traveled through the Neighborhood of Make-Believe logged 5,000 miles annually.

  • Mr. Rogers weighed himself every day and maintained a weight of exactly 143 pounds, which he saw as a sign of love.

OCTOBER SKY | 1999

In 1999, October Sky premiered in theaters. October Sky is a movie based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the launch of Sputnik 1 to pursue his passion for rocketry in 1950s West Virginia.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The movie’s title is an anagram of Rocket Boys, the name of the book by Homer Hickam that the movie is based on.

  • Homer’s father in the movie has a different name than his real father, who was also named Homer Hickam.

  • The filming was delayed by tornadoes, which caused problems for the crew and the extras.

OFFICE SPACE | 1999

Also in 1999, Office Space premiered in theaters. Office Space is a comedy film by Mike Judge about three employees who rebel against their greedy boss and try to embezzle money from the company.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The movie is based on a series of animated shorts by Mike Judge, featuring the character of Milton, who mumbles about his stapler and his boss.

  • The movie is also loosely inspired by a short story by Herman Melville, called “Bartleby the Scrivener”, about a clerk who refuses to do any work.

  • Stephen Root, who played Milton, could barely see out of his glasses, which had very thick lenses. He had to wear contact lenses to see anything at all.

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