How Fred Rogers Transformed the Face of Children’s Television in 1969

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Fred Rogers was the creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as well as the host of all 895 episodes, the composer of its more than 200 songs, and the puppeteer who imagined 14 characters into being. More importantly, he changed the face of children’s television and transformed the way we think about the inner lives of young children.

Throughout his career, Fred Rogers was a champion of children in general and PBS in particular. In 1969, he famously testified before a Senate subcommittee that was considering cutting funding for public television. Senator John Pastore was in charge of the proceedings, and after two days of hearings, he remained distinctly unimpressed. Then Fred spoke.

Watch the trailer of the documentary about Fred Rogers, here. Also, there’s a 2019 movie, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers (played by Tom Hanks) and journalist Tom Junod, here.

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