Mr. Rogers started his own TV show because the first time he saw one it had “something horrible on it with people throwing pies at one another…” Mr. Rogers explained, “I went into television because I hated it so, and I thought there was some way of using this fabulous instrument to be of nurture to those who would watch and listen.”
Around 1994, rumors were circulating on the internet about Mr. Roger’s being formerly employed as a military sniper. Some foolish people claimed that the purpose of the cardigans was to cover up his many tattoos-one for each person he had killed. Mr. Rogers was a pacifist!
An especially lovely fact about Mr. Roger’s neighborhood: all of the cardigans that Mr. Rogers was famous for wearing were knitted by his mother.
Mr. Rogers was the voice for most of the puppets on the show: King Friday XIII, Queen Sara Saturday, Henrietta Pussycat, Daniel Striped Tiger, Lady Elaine Fairchild and Larry Horse, among others
The puppet Queen Sara was named for Rogers’ wife, Sara Byrd
His middle name is McFeely. On the show, this is the name of the postman.
He was partially color blind, as he could not differentiate between the colors red and green.
He was awarded 40 honorary degrees in his lifetime
Mr. Rogers neighborhood was the longest running program on PBS
“Once, on a fancy trip up to a PBS exec’s house, he heard the limo driver was going to wait outside for 2 hours, so he insisted the driver come in and join them (which flustered the host). On the way back, Rogers sat up front, and when he learned that they were passing the driver’s home on the way, he asked if they could stop in to meet his family. According to the driver, it was one of the best nights of his life—the house supposedly lit up when Rogers arrived, and he played jazz piano and bantered with them late into the night… Rogers sent him notes and kept in touch with the driver for the rest of his life.”
Mr. Rogers drove a used Chevy Impala. One day in the later years of his career it was stolen from the studio parking lot. Word spread, and people in the area became outraged that such a thing would be done to their friendly neighbor. Exactly two days later, the car reappeared in same spot as it had been taken from with the note, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it!”