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children’s tele­vi­sion inno­va­tor,

mr neighbor


and all around amaz­ing neigh­bor,


Fred Rogers was born March 20th, 1928 in Latrobe, Penn­syl­va­nia

Mr. Rogers, as he was known to his many  fans, cre­at­ed one of the most pop­u­lar and beloved children’s shows of all time,  Mr. Rogers’ Neigh­bor­hood.  It ran  for almost 40 years, enter­tain­ing chil­dren with the sim­ple mes­sages of love, kind­ness and accep­tance. Every episode, Mr. Rogers would talk to the audi­ence about a top­ic rel­e­vant to a child’s life, like going to school for the first time, then he might take view­ers on a fun trip to see how things work  or to find out  how things are made. Check out one of my favorite clips where Mr. Rogers learns how upright bass­es are made!

The show also includ­ed mem­o­rable seg­ments in the Neigh­bor­hood of Make- Believe, where he hung out with friends like Daniel Tiger, King Fri­day and X the Owl. The­se char­ac­ters and many oth­ers were voiced by Mr. Rogers him­self. Did you think Lady Elaine Fairchild was a bit (a lot) creepy when you were a child (now)? Me too! But that’s ok because Mr. Rogers always help­ful­ly remind­ed his view­ers what things were real like the fact that you’re great just the way you are,  and what things were fun, but just pre­tend for instance, pur­ple robot pan­das! Or like in this next clip, a pre­tend pur­ple robot pan­da pre­tend­ing to be a dinosaur!


Fred Rogers cre­at­ed so many won­der­ful moments that enchant­ed gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren and par­ents. He saw tele­vi­sion as a pow­er­ful medi­um that could be used to get through to kids and he most cer­tain­ly suc­ceed­ed.


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