20 life lessons from Mister Rogers
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Ever since 1968 when Fred Rogers' television show first ran on the Eastern Educational Television Network, his character of "Mister Rogers" has reminded millions of children just how special they are.
Whether through a simple song or loving thought, Rogers had a way of connecting to anyone while on screen.
Rogers' television show, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" successfully spoke to children about important topics, such as going to school, making friends, dealing with siblings -- and even difficult topics such as divorce, disabilities and bullying.
Rogers' statements still resonate today as his quote regarding scary images in the news circulated online after the bombings that took place at the Boston marathon. His popular statement said:
"When I was a child and would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"As a former minister, Rogers always made an effort to stand up for what he knew to be right. Early on in his career, the young Rogers found himself in court in 1969 in order to express the importance of educational television.
At the time, funding for the public broadcasting system was on the brink of being cut in half and Rogers appeared before the United States Senate in order to prove the importance of such programming.
"I'm very much concerned, as I know you are, about what's being delivered to our children in this country," Rogers said.
He later stated when explaining his own personal show: "This is what I give, I give an expression of care everyday to each child. To help him realize that he is unique by saying, 'You've made this day a special day by just your being you."
Within just a few minutes of his message, Rogers caused the judge to express: "I'm supposed to be a pretty tough guy, and this is the first time I've had goosebumps in the last two days."
"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" would then go on to win four Emmy's, with Rogers' himself receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
After Rogers' passing in 2003, Marc Brown, the creator of the animated PBS series, gave a tribute to Rogers and the legacy he left as reported by the Post-gazette.
"Gosh, when you die, the one thing you want is to feel that your life is worth something," Brown said. Think of the millions of families and children he's touched and made their lives better and easier in some way."
The following are 20 remarks from Rogers that have taught life lessons to both children and adults.