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I just sent a personal letter to my childhood hero, Jason David Frank. To those who do not know, he played the Green and White Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Zeo Ranger V on Power Rangers Zeo, the Red Ranger on Power Rangers Turbo, and the Black Ranger on Power Rangers Dino Thunder. It has a personal bearing on my Asperger’s Syndrome and some of the early progress I made during my early childhood. I’m posting the letter below:

Dear Jason David Frank,

My name is Jonathan Dorfman. We met this past June at Wizard World in Philly. You signed my Dragon coin, and it made my day. I wanted to let you know the kind of impact you made on me as a child way back in 1993. It’s very difficult to find the right words to articulate what I want to say, but I’m going to give it my best shot, anyway.
I was mere months away from my fifth birthday when Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers first aired in 1993. At the time, we didn’t know yet that I have Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (we wouldn’t know until 1998). You see, despite barely communicating with the adults around me, I was absorbing what they were saying about me without issue. I had anxieties over feeling lack of control of my life, that I felt I couldn’t communicate what I wanted and how I felt effectively. I had the impression that I was a burden to my family because of it, and therefore, I desperately wanted to prove I could do good things.
Then the show came out, and I found out there was a green Power Ranger. Green was my favorite color. I never could figure out if green was my favorite color because of you, or if you started out as my favorite ranger because you were green. Nevertheless, I suddenly had a reason for excitement for 30 minutes after school each day, and I could not stop talking about it. With the popularity of the show constantly rising, I soon made friends who also liked the show. Social interaction helped with my symptoms of my Asperger’s Syndrome tremendously because it gave our parents countless opportunities to teach us social skills.
I always felt a strong emotional connection with the Green Ranger, specifically. It’s not that I don’t like the White Ranger; I’m pretty sure you’re the reason my favorite cat (I’m a cat person) is a white tiger, after all. I just never felt as strong of an emotional connection with the White Ranger as I had with the Green Ranger.
I don’t know if it was because of the progress with my social skills I associated the Green Ranger with that such a solid foundation was set with the Green Ranger that the White Ranger didn’t have as much of a job to do, or if it simply wasn’t my favorite color, but something just didn’t feel the same. I still carry that emotional bond with the Green Ranger with me to this day that I never felt as much with the White Ranger.
No matter how bad my day was at school or at home, at 5:00 PM, it didn’t matter for half an hour because I got to watch you do your thing and inspire me to want to be like you. To me, you were the biggest childhood hero a kid could have. What you represented to me was that (going back to Green With Evil for a moment) even if you lose control of yourself for a moment and do bad things in the process, it doesn’t make you a bad person. You can still do good things and move past it, and the more good things you do, the better you will feel about yourself.
So, when you saw the little kid about the same age I was in 1993 in the authentic-looking homemade Green Ranger costume at Wizard World back in June and made the statement that you have to always do your best in everything you do because it affects everyone else, and what would it have looked like to the kid if you had blown us off at the meet and greet, it struck me on a deeply emotional level. That kid’s going to grow up thinking just as much of you as I do.
You always put all that you are into everything you do, and then some. That’s a lesson I strive to emulate from you. You’re always so passionate about your fans and the people who look up to you, people like me. I grew up idolizing what the Green Ranger stood for – redemption and the potential for good in anybody.
I plan to attend the meet and greet in Philly on May 9. I’m going to buy my ticket in January when I have the money. I’m hoping to get my White Tiger coin signed and complete my set. When you sign it, I was wondering if you would be comfortable enough to give me a hug for the photo opp, since I’ve always believed in spreading positive vibes. Given what the Green Ranger has done for me when I was just starting out with my therapies and treatments, it would mean the world to me. Your call on that one. I’ll understand if that’s asking too much.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how I felt. I’m very open about my ASD, so you can repost this letter if you want. I received my Master’s degree a month before we met, which just proves that with the right motivation and the power of the morphing grid, there’s potential for everybody.
-Jonathan Dorfman
“The Aspie Ranger”
I just wanted to touch on this for a moment. EVERYBODY. HAS. POTENTIAL. Everybody has the potential to do good deeds and be a good person, even if they feel like they are a drain on their loved ones who only does bad things.
I once insisted on reading a book to my mother when at about that same time period that the above story occurred just to show that I could do something good. I was too young to understand the difference between my difficulties and being a brat. Case in point:
When I was two-years-old, I carried on that I wanted my mom to carry me home from taking my sister to the morning bus stop via the alley behind the neighborhood. She complied and tripped on a crack. I vaguely remember helping her pick up her shoes and handing them to her. If I was incapable of being a good person, I wouldn’t have helped her. Instead, I would’ve continued my tantrum.
To bring this back to where it began, the Green Ranger started out under an evil spell and nearly defeated the Power Rangers. Once the spell was broken, he joined the Power Rangers and helped them save the world on many occasions (about 225 episodes worth, actually). He had the potential to be a good person the whole time, even though he lost control of himself and did bad things. It didn’t make him a bad person. His actions alone didn’t define him, neither did mine, and neither do yours.
I just wanted to bring this up while it was fresh on my mind.
Also, don’t forget to start thinking of who you want to win the Puzzle Pride Award for 2015. I don’t want another situation like last year where I almost had to call on random people. I want suggestions, people!
Have a happy and safe whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of year. May you find peace with yourself, within yourself! I’ll be back soon with more posts.

By Jon Dorfman

I created The Aspie Dialogues. I like music/rhythm video games, working on video production, and creative writing. Most importantly of all, I love all my subscribers to the blog. Thank you all so much for your undying support... Even when I haven't posted for a while.

May you find peace with yourself, within yourself. Rock on, Spectrumites!

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