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One of everyone’s favorite childhood TV shows is Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, a show that proved you can make it in show biz just by being nice. Check out the true facts about our favorite neighborhood.
1. Mr. Rogers didn’t just wear sweaters because they were comfy: most of the ones he wore on the show were made for him by his mother.
2. The original reason Mr. Rogers wore sneakers was because dress shoes made too much noise when he moved behind the sets.
3. Mr. Rogers was a Presbyterian minister and when he was ordained he was charged to continue creating and contributing to good children’s TV.
4. Mr. Rogers didn’t get into TV because he loved it, but rather because he didn’t like the current programming. The first show he saw had “something horrible on it with people throwing pies at one another…” He stated, “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.”
5. The onscreen persona of Mr. Rogers wasn’t actually a persona. In real life, he was a vegetarian, faithfully married for 47 years, didn’t smoke or drink, and was virtually free from vices. The most scandalous thing he did was swim laps in the nude sometimes.
6. In the late 1970s, there was a huge court case over whether people could record TV on their VCRs. Mr. Rogers came out loudly in support of allowing people to record, and even testified in front of the Supreme Court.
7. In addition to his kids’ show, Mr. Rogers also had a series of specials called “Mister Rogers Talks to Parents About ___” in which he addressed a number of topics that kids might have after watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
8. He was red/green color blind.
9. The family of a 5-year old blind girl wrote to Mr. Rogers to tell him she cried because she wasn’t sure whether or not he had fed his fish, and afterwards he always mentioned out loud when he did, just for her.