34 Facts About Mister Rogers

1. In 1990, Mister Rogers had his car stolen while he was babysitting his grandson.

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2. Mister Rogers had a knack for befriending people wherever he went.

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3. In 1975, Mister Rogers introduced Mayor Maggie, an African American woman, with a white male underling.

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4. In 1962, Mister Rogers received his Bachelor of Divinity degree and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister, despite not ever planning to become a working minister.

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5. Mister Rogers supported the use of the VCR to record television shows, allowing his fans to watch his program when it was convenient for them.

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6. Mister Rogers often spoke about how his show established a clear delineation between the "real" world of his home and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

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7. Mister Rogers was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999.

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8. Mister Rogers was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity.

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9. Mister Rogers recited the lyrics to one of his songs.

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10. Mister Rogers was amused by his appearance on the show and by host Peter Funt's immediate recognition of him.

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11. In 1998, Mister Rogers appeared as himself in an episode of Candid Camera as the victim of one of the show's pranks.

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12. In contrast, Fred Mister Rogers found Eddie Murphy's parody of his show on Saturday Night Live, "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood", amusing and affectionate.

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13. In 1994, Mister Rogers created a one-time special for PBS called Fred Rogers' Heroes, which consisted of documentary portraits of four persons whose work helped make their communities better.

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14. Mister Rogers "leaped" out of his seat and straight onto the stage when Erlanger appeared.

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15. On one notable episode, Mister Rogers soaked his feet alongside Officer Clemmons, who was African-American, in a kiddie pool on a hot day.

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16. Mister Rogers once took a trip to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to show children that a hospital is not a place to fear.

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17. Mister Rogers wrote over 289 songs over the course of the show.

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18. Mister Rogers developed the new show for the Eastern Educational Network.

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19. Mister Rogers consulted with child psychologist Margaret McFarland, an associate professor at the school; much of Rogers' "thinking about and appreciation for children was shaped and informed" by McFarland.

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20. Mister Rogers worked with the University of Pittsburgh's child development and care program.

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21. Mister Rogers decided that television's reliance on advertisement and merchandising kept it from educating young audiences; he left NBC and began working as a puppeteer on the local children's show The Children's Corner for Pittsburgh public television station WQED in 1954.

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22. Mister Rogers entered seminary after college but wanted to work with television.

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23. Mister Rogers had an apartment in New York City and a summer home on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.

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24. Mister Rogers graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained a minister of the United Presbyterian Church in 1963.

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25. Mister Rogers studied at Dartmouth College from 1946 until 1948 and then went on at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida to earn a BA in music composition in 1951.

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26. Mister Rogers served as president of the student council, a member of the National Honor Society and was editor-in-chief of the yearbook; he graduated in 1946.

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27. The young Fred Mister Rogers spent much of his free time with his maternal grandfather, who was interested in music; Rogers began to play the piano when he was five and sang along when his mother played.

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28. Mister Rogers had a sister, Elaine, who was adopted by the Rogerses.

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29. Mister Rogers was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and was recognized in two congressional resolutions.

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30. Mister Rogers received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 40 honorary degrees, and a Peabody Award.

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31. Mister Rogers testified before a US Senate committee to advocate for government funding of children's television.

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32. Mister Rogers began to write and perform local Pittsburgh-area shows for youth.

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33. Mister Rogers would end each program by telling his viewers, "You've made this day a special day, by just your being you.

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34. Mister Rogers was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

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