“Peace means far more than the opposite of war.” —Mr. Rogers
Mr. Fred Rogers, famous for his iconic PBS show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, was born on March 20, 1928 in a town called Latrobe, Pennsylvania. As a child, Mr. Rogers was bullied. He was overweight and often referred to as “Fat Freddy”. This caused him to become introverted and spend a lot of time by himself. He learned to play the piano and spent much of his time working with puppets.
He went to Dartmouth College before eventually transferring to Rollins College, where he majored in music composition. He graduated Magna Cum Ludie in 1951.
Rogers wanted to go to seminary school but instead he decided to attempt a career in Television, citing that he hated what was being shown on TV and he wanted to change it. To help it to become more nurturing.
After graduating, Rogers moved to New York City to work for NBC as a floor runner for an assortment of children’s shows. Two years later in 1953, Rogers moved back to Pennsylvania.
He was hired by a network it Pittsburg as a Program Developer for children’s television programs. Their main focus was a show called Children’s Corner, which Rogers developed, and Josie Carey starred.
This is where rogers first developed puppets that would later become household names, such as Daniel Tiger, King Friday, Queen Sara, X the Owl, Henrietta, and Lady Elaine.
In 1963 CBC Toronto brought Rogers to film a series called Misterogders. It consisted of 15-minute-long black and white episodes. It lasted from 1963 to 1967. It was his first time appearing on screen.
In 1968, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood began airing nationally. The show was modified to be a 30-minute-long educational program filled with puppets, learning and love. It was aired by WQED Pittsburgh, which later became PBS.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood eventually aired 865 episodes and ran for 31 years. Its final season aired in 2001.
In 2002 Rogers was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer. Rogers died on February 27, 2003 with his wife Sara by his side. He was weeks away from turning 75.
Mr. Rogers taught us so many things: He taught us how to love, and be loved. He taught us how to lose and how to succeed. He taught us how to be angry, and how to forgive. But most of all he taught us how to be a …Continue Reading