Tribute of Thanks to Mr. Rogers

Tribute of Thanks to Mr. Rogers

Fred McFeely Rogers, 74, host of TV's Mister Rogers' NeighborhoodFred McFeely Rogers, 74, host of TV’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, died February 27, 2003 of stomach cancer

Sometimes it takes a crisis or loss to uncover the natural bond we have with strangers. But for Mr. Rogers, the connection was natural and heartfelt. The world was his ‘neighborhood’.

For a 1998 Esquire cover story, Can You Say, HERO? Fred Rogers allowed the author to follow him around for a week. Mr. Rogers — described as being “in a perpetual state of astonishment ” — said to the writer, “The connections we make in the course of life – Maybe that’s what Heaven is! We make so many connections here on earth. Look at us: I’ve just met you, but I’m invested in who you are and who you will be and I can’t help it.”

Fred McFeely Rogers, 74, an ordained Presbyterian minister, died February 27. His message remained simple: he told his young viewers to love themselves and love others.