Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Today is...Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day
Today is the birth anniversary of Fred Rogers, also known as Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day. What is your favorite children’s program?
Fred McFeely Rogers was born on March 20, 1928 in Latrobe Pennsylvania.
Before creating Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Rogers was a Presbyterian minister.
Rogers created Mister Rogers' Neighborhood because he hated kids tv. He wanted a show that nurtured those who watched.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood began airing in 1969 and ran for 895 episodes.
Rogers felt that it was important to be his honest self on his show and acted exactly the same off screen as on screen.
The only time Rogers appeared on television not as himself was when he played a preacher on an episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
Eddie Murphy did a parody on Saturday Night Live called Mister Robinson's Neighborhood, which Rogers found amusing and affectionate.
Michael Keaton, famous for Beetlejuice and Batman & Batman Returns, got his first major acting break as a "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" character.