For over 30 years and nearly 1,000 shows, Fred Rogers created the friendly world of Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood for children to enjoy across the nation. Thankfully, Mr. Rogers turned out to be the same generous, amicable, neighborly man off camera that he was during his PBS program. Here are 14 things that you didn’t know about Mr. Rogers, the man many people consider to be a hero.
The TV icon stated, “The world is not always a kind place. That’s something all children learn for themselves, whether we want them to or not, but it’s something they really need our help to understand.” Fred Rogers’s show constantly reminded children that they mattered and, most importantly, that the emotions they felt deserved to be embraced rather than ignored. The ordained minister did not talk down to children, but instead treated them the same way he treated adults, helping them to cope with their feelings of anger and sadness.
Fred Rogers’s bio reads like that of a man who was sincerely dedicated to helping children. He wrote hundreds of songs for his show and answered thousands of letters with prayer. These true Mr. Rogers stories will make anyone feel nostalgic for simpler days spent watching the host’s routine of putting on a sweater and changing his shoes.
Just as he opened his show the same way for over three decades, Fred Rogers maintained that same sense of routine in his own life. Here is a collection of some of the most fascinating Fred Rogers facts: What exercise did he do every day in the nude? How did he save PBS? Why was he obsessed with keeping his weight at exactly 143 pounds? Mr. Rogers may not have been perfect, but he was probably as close to perfect as a human being could get.