Fred Rogers

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Fred Rogers in 1994

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 - February 27, 2003) was an American television personality. He created the television programme, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. It aired from 1968 to 2001. The programme was designed for preschoolers. It explored wholesome, meaningful values with live guests, hand puppets, fantasy, skits and quiet talk. Rogers won four Emmy Awards.

Life[change | change source]

Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He studied at Dartmouth College and Rollins College. He was a Presbyterian minister. Rogers married Sara Joanne Byrd in 1952. They had two sons, James Byrd and John Frederick. Rogers died from stomach cancer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, aged 74.[1][2] He is buried at Unity Cemetery in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Television career[change | change source]

Rogers found children's television programming of his day demeaning. For example, he saw people throwing pies at each other.[3] He thought this was not nice.[3] So he created Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for preschoolers. This programme featured a cast of hand puppets, live actors (such as the postman), and live guests. They explored wholesome, meaningful values in skits and quiet talk. Rogers also performed much of the programme's music. Rogers won four Emmy Awards during his career.

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