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Please join us to Commemorate the Anniversary of Mister Rogers Neighborhood

Please join us to Commemorate the Anniversary of Mister Rogers Neighborhood

On this day in 1968, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted.

Today marks the 51-st anniversary of the first episode of the wildly popular children’s show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Throughout its 870 episodes, Fred Rogers created a safe space for children to learn about themselves, others, and the world around them.  In 2018, the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor explored the life, lessons, and legacy of Mister Rogers and reminded millions of viewers about the love and magic they felt when they watched the iconic show.

In honor of Mister Rogers’ anniversary, here are some fun facts about this famed program and its legendary host.

  • Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is one of the longest-running programs in television history has produced more than 870 episodes. That’s almost five times as many Friends!
  • Fred’s maternal grandfather, Fred Brooks McFeely, was an important influence. The show’s delivery man, Mr. McFeely, was named after him.
  • Fred began wearing sneakers in the studio so he could run behind the set from the organ to the puppet area without being heard. He later made that an important part of his show opening.
  • All of the original sweaters worn on the program were hand knit by Nancy McFeely Rogers, Fred’s mother. One of them hangs in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum.
  • Fred Rogers performed almost all of the Neighborhood puppet characters — pompous King Friday, shy Daniel Tiger and feisty Lady Elaine and even the farmer Donkey Hodie.
  • It is estimated that the Neighborhood Trolley traveled 5,000 miles every year.
  • Mister Rogers once received a letter from a little girl who asked Mister Rogers to say when he was feeding the fish. Because she is blind, she couldn’t see when he was feeding the fish, so she worried about them. In response, Mister Rogers made sure to mention when the fish were getting their meal.
  • Fred attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He began playing the piano at a young age and graduated magna cum laude in 1951 with a degree in music composition.
  • He went on to earn his divinity degree in 1962, and at his ordination the Presbyterian Church asked him to serve children and families through television!
  • Fred was married to Joanne Rogers from 1952 until his death in 2003. Joanne received a Bachelor of Music degree from Rollins College, where she and Fred met. She received the Master of Music degree from Florida State University, where she held a graduate fellowship for piano study with Ernst von Dohnanyi, the renowned Hungarian composer, pianist, and conductor.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we remember Fred Rogers on the anniversary of the premiere of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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