Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Won't you be my neighbor?

Fifty-one years ago this week, the children's show Mister Rogers Neighborhood debuted on public television. The show's creator, Fred Rogers, was a Presbyterian minister who was displeased with the way television programs addressed children. For 33 years, the show was produced at WQED-TV in Pittsburgh, with new episodes every weekday.

Rogers, who projected a kind-hearted, grandfatherly personality, not only hosted the show. He also wrote it, and as a musician he composed the music. In 2018, the U.S. Post Office unveiled this stamp of Mister Rogers wearing his famous sweater next to "King Friday."" Rogers (1928-2003) received two Peabody Awards, four Emmy Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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