RHYS AND HANKS BRING MISTER ROGERS TO LIFE IN ‘BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBORHOOD’
“When Fred Rogers was a young, he was a boy who was shy, overweight, suffering from asthma and was bullied. At times his only friends were his puppets. In 1951, Fred Rogers graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida with a degree in music composition. In 1963, he graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as an ordained minister. It was also that same year that he became Mister Rogers the TV star for the first time. The original 15-minute children’s show was broadcast on CBC TV in Canada. It took another five years before Mister Rogers Neighborhood would air on PBS in America.
For 33 years, Mister Rogers, came into our homes, switched his loafers for sneakers and led us to the land of make believe every day from 1968 to 2001. He knew what we were thinking because he remembered being a kid himself. Instead of teaching children how to read words or count numbers, Rogers taught them how to cope. Rogers passed away in 2003 at the age of 74. While some of us didn’t appreciate this kind-hearted man while he was alive, we miss him more than ever today.”