51 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. In 2018, the US Post Office unveiled the stamp of Mr. Rogers wearing his famous sweater next to ‘King Friday’. Rogers (1928-2003) 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)