11 Fun Facts About Mr. Rogers

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It’s been over a decade since the last episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired and the beloved Mr. Rogers died. We certainly miss him. He changed television for children. He offered kids something they just couldn’t get anywhere else – a program that dealt with children’s issues and approached the young audience with respect. We need more people in television like Mr. Rogers. He strove to make the medium educational. He wanted to nurture his young audience and he didn’t want that to be compromised by advertising and merchandising. Since Mr. Rogers was such a big part of many of our childhoods, here are some fun facts about our favorite television personality.


Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister in the United Presbyterian Church.

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He went into television because he wanted to make it better. “I went into television because I hated it so, and I thought there’s some way of using this fabulous instrument to nurture those who would watch and listen,” he said.

http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/The-412/June-2013/Watch-Fred-Rogers-Emmy-Acceptance-Speech-Because-We-All-Need-It/ Source: www.pittsburghmagazine.com


Before he had his own show, Mr. Rogers worked at a local Pittsburgh public television station on a local children’s show “The Children’s Corner” as a puppeteer.

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He was red-green colorblind.

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Mr. Rogers swam every morning in the buff.

http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/beach/swim-intro/swim-location-hk/swim-address-wch.html Source: www.lcsd.gov.hk


He didn’t smoke or drink.

http://imgkid.com/smoking-and-drinking-is-injurious-to-health-logo.shtml Source: imgkid.com


Mr. Rogers was a vegetarian. “I don’t want to eat anything that has a mother,” he said.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetarianism Source: Wikipedia


Contrary to rumors, he never served in the military.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt1yTEt414Y Source: YouTube


Mr. Rogers was married to the same woman for 51 years. Her name was Sara Joanne Byrd.

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He began wearing his trademark sneakers when he was working at WQED on the show “The Children’s Corner.” He found them to be a lot quieter than other shoes for moving around the set.

http://www.legacy.com/news/legends-and-legacies/a-visit-to-mister-rogers-neighborhood/1174/ Source:www.legacy.com


His mother made all of the sweaters that he wore on “Mister Rogers Neighborhood.”

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