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LIFE Mr. Rogers

LIFE Mr. Rogers

LIFE Mr. Rogers

Fred Rogers was a beacon of unconditional love and acceptance who enchanted several generations of American children with his groundbreaking PBS program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Now, with the release of a Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks, LIFE presents this special edition as an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the life and career of this national treasure. Celebrate his quiet strength and simple words from their beginnings, when his testimony to the U.S. Senate convinced them to support public broadcasting to the tune of $20 million and changed millions of childrens' lives forever. Enjoy again his unique creativity with language and songs. Meet his cast of characters. Revisit iconic episodes. A bullied, Pennsylvania rich kid who grew up to become a Presbyterian minister, media icon, and gentle revolutionary, Mr. Rogers's powerful message of tolerance and self-love has never been more relevant than it is today.

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his quiet strength and simple words

Even for Fred Rogers, it was a tall order. As the host of the children’s public television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the 40-year-old was used to breaking down complicated topics: anger, sadness, jealousy. But on May 1, 1969, Rogers was scheduled to testify in front of Congress on an even more emotional subject: money. Specifically, his job was to explain to the notoriously prickly Senator John Pastore why he should earmark $20 million to fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the sponsor of Rogers’s program. The host started off with a dry discussion of budgets and funding sources, then in his soothing lilt, turned to the inner lives of his young viewers—a topic that clearly resonated with Pastore. When Rogers recited the lyrics to “What Do You Do with the Mad…

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a man in pictures

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man on a mission

Mister Rogers’s very first neighborhood was the industrial town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he was born on March 20, 1928, about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Fred’s parents, James Hillis Rogers, a successful brick manufacturer, and Nancy McFeely Rogers, were known informally as the First Family of Latrobe. The wealthiest couple in town, they were admired for their generosity as well as an endearing lack of airs and pretensions—qualities they passed on to their son. Home was a three-story brick mansion in an affluent section of town known as the Hill, where Fred McFeely Rogers grew up privileged, pampered, and cosseted, perhaps to a fault. Sickly as a boy—his allergies and asthma got so bad he once spent an entire summer in an air-conditioned room with a family friend who…

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$20 million testimony

Rogers’s appearance in front of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications on May 1, 1969, remains some of the most memorable testimony in congressional history. The boyish TV host spoke extemporaneously, answering questions about Mister RogersÕ budget and mission. Here, some highlights: SENATOR PASTORE: Okay, Rogers. You’ve got the floor. ROGERS: My first children’s program was on WQED 15 years ago, and its budget was $30. Now … our program has a budget of $6,000. It may sound like quite a difference, but $6,000 pays for less than two minutes of cartoons, two minutes of animated, what I sometimes say, bombardment. I’m very much concerned, as I know you are, about what’s being delivered to our children in this country. And … I’ve worked in the field of child development for six years…

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time for something very different

At the time Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood went on air in 1968, TV for young people generally fell along a short spectrum, from the highly entertaining, sprinkled liberally with cartoon shorts, to the plain wacky, populated with characters such as Bozo the Clown and the anarchic Soupy Sales. These shows were generally fast-moving, frenetic affairs specially designed for short attention spans—frequently interrupted by sponsors hawking the latest must-have toys and games from Remco, Mattel, or Louis Marx. Fred Rogers offered something completely different. Opening each broadcast, he would come “home” to his television living room in a fictional, quintessential American small town—depicted as a miniature model and based on Latrobe. Then Rogers would exchange his suit coat and loafers for his signature cardigan and sneakers while singing his theme: “It’s a beautiful…

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1-4-3 i love you

The very first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which aired on February 19, 1968, opened quietly, panning across blocks of dollhouse-size apartments and suburban yards. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” tinkled in the background as Rogers stepped through the front door, hung up his coat, and changed into his sweater and sneakers. ¶ Then he spoke, sweetly and directly into the camera about little things—tying his shoelaces, using a stepladder, his kitchen getting rearranged. To young people watching at home, it must have felt personal and spontaneous. But there was little unplanned about the scene. Tying his laces in those first minutes gave Rogers the chance to ask his viewers how they were doing learning to tie their own laces; the stepladder, which he explained, “helps you go up and…