Remembering Mr. Rogers

When I was a child, Fred Rogers was my best friend.  He opened his show with a simple song, so simple that I could sing along before I started going to school. I knew that he talked directly to me and I talked to him, too.

May 22 celebrates the anniversary of the premiere of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in 1967.  The last original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired on PBS in 2001, making it the longest-running PBS program at the time.  (PBS began its broadcasts of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in 1968.)

Fred Rogers did a lot more:
>> He was the composer and lyricist of over 200 songs.
>> He wrote numerous books for children and for adults.
>> He won 4 Emmy Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
>> He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
>> He advocated before the U.S. Senate for more government funding for children’s television rather than the Vietnam War.
>> He testified before the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of allowing home recording of his television show during the Sony V. Betamax litigation.

His last book, published in 2002 was The Mister Rogers Parenting Book.  One of his famous sweaters is on display in the Smithsonian.  Mr. Rogers was one of my most important role models, even at the age when I called him “Mr. Rog” because I couldn’t say his whole name. 

I salute you, Mr. Rog.

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