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Good News in History, February 19

  50 years ago today, the children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted on public television. Created by Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister who was displeased with...

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On This Day in History

Good News in History, February 19

50 years ago today, the children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted on public television. Created by Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister who was displeased with the way television addressed children, the show was produced at WQED-TV in Pittsburgh with new episodes every weekday on PBS for 33 years. Rogers who projected a kind-hearted, grandfatherly personality, not only hosted and wrote the show, but as a musician composed the music. Next month, the US Post Office will unveil a new stamp of Mr. Rogers (1928-2003) wearing his famous sweater next to ‘King Friday’. Rogers was the recipient of 2 Peabody Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and 4 Emmy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. WATCH his acceptance speech and a great highlight reel... (1968)