Fred Rogers: A Childhood Favorite
Hello! My name's Amelia and yes, I made this website on Fred Rogers, a childhood favorite of mine.
This website is for a school project, but my purpose of making this website about Fred Rogers is that he's simply inspiring. His show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is still an all time favorite of mine. I was always excited to go home from preschool and watch the show, but now, as I rarely see it on the PBS's show lineup it makes me miss the show more than ever. I want people to understand just how amazing Fred Rogers was and to enjoy his work just as much as I did. So, that's why I made this on the wonderful, Fred Rogers.
Rogers' Life Before His TV Debut.
On March 20, 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Fred McFeely Rodgers was born. Fred was an only child until age eleven when his parents, James and Nancy, had adopted a baby girl. After graduating from Latrobe high school and meeting his soon to be wife, Joanne, he went to study at Rollins Collage. He later finished with an undergraduate degree in music. Afterwards he went to study at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary then to the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Child Development.
The link below will take you to PBS Kids. Hit the play button so you can listen to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood's theme song, written by Fred himself, Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Cause and Effect:
The Medal of Freedom
Fred was the co-producer, puppeteer, and musician for a show that was played in Canada called, The Children's Corner. The Children's Corner lasted for seven years from 1954 to 1961 on a channel he helped launch called WQED. He moved back to America and joined NBC. In 1968 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood began to be broadcast nationally on public television. The show had an ability and goal to make kids feel safe and valued which people loved. Then in 1971 he founded a nonprofit company called, Family Communications, Inc. to help parents strengthen the bonds with their children. He wrote many books to help kids through tough times, leaving him with a well rounded career. All of this awarded him a National Academy of Television Arts and Science Lifetime Achievement award in 1998 and multiple other awards.
Rogers' Television History
Fred worked on a Canadian television show, The Children's Corner, until he decided to move back to America, as I said earlier. He then worked with NBC and launched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The first episode was broadcast nationally in 1968. Feel old yet? He later began to write books based off of episodes of the show. Three years after the show aired Rogers' became the founder for a nonprofit company called Family Communications Inc. He was later recognized by many people for the affect he had on children, to make them feel loved and safe. People loved him so much that he was awarded medals and was featured in magazines. He even served as a chairman on a White House Forum on child development. He was later diagnosed with stomach cancer and production of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood ended in 2000. He died in his home on February 23, 2003 at the age of 73.
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