Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers

Today is the birthday of beloved children's television host Fred Rogers, born in 1928in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Fred was an orddained Presbyterian minister. His show (Misterogers) first went on the air in 1963. Over time, it evolved into Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (first seen nationally in 1968).

The show, which begins with him singing "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" and changing clothes from work stuff to sneakers and a cardigan, was/is the longest-running show on PBS.

The program featured themes like feeling good about yourself, getting along with others, and handling fears. Rogers wrote more than 200 songs for the show. The last episode was taped in December 2000.

Unlike all of us "neighbors," Mr. Rogers isn't getting any older these days. His neighborhood, however, continues to grow.

Today: wear a cardigan in his honor, and tell someone how much you like him or her, "just the way you are."


such a wonderful show! gentle, quiet, kind.

i have an autographed photo of Mr McFeely in my office. helps remind me of the important things! thanks for the heads up.
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