Fred Rogers was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1963.
When Mister Rogers came on TV singing "Won't you be my neighbor", many children who actually lived on his street used to yell at their televisions, "But you ARE our neighbor!"
Fred was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity.
Fred is the father of Jim and John Rogers.
In May 2003 asteroid number 26858 was named 'Misterrogers' after him.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, an NHL hockey team, made Fred Rogers an honorary captain in 1993.
When he's mad, Fred sometimes plays the piano and gets his feelings out through his fingers.
Fred wrote all the songs on the show as well as the special operas.
Fred is the father of two sons and the grandfather of two grandsons.
Fred has about 25 sweaters which he has worn over the years of the program.
When Fred was young, he loved to ride the trolleys in Pittsburgh; that's why there is a trolley on his program.
Fred speaks French as well as English.
In 2003, he was the Grand marshal of the Tournament of Roses parade.
In 1990, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
His cardigan sweaters were mostly made by his mother.
Fred was 6' (1.83 m)
He studied theology at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Fred Rogers was color blind.
Fred: Beside my chair is a French sentence from Saint-Exupery's 'The Little Prince.' It reads, 'What is essential is invisible to the eye.' Well, what is essential about you? And who are those who have helped you become the person that you are? Anyone who has ever graduated from a college, anyone who has ever been able to sustain a good work, has had at least one person and often many who have believed in him or her. We just don't get to be competent human beings without a lot of different investments from others.
I'd like to give you all an invisible gift. A gift of a silent minute to think about those who have helped you become who you are today. Some of them may be here right now. Some may be far away. Some, like my astronomy professor, may even be in heaven. But wherever they are, if they've loved you and encouraged you and wanted what was best in life for you, they're right inside yourself.
Whomever you've been thinking about, imagine how grateful they must be that during your silent times you remember how important they are to you. It's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our lives from which we make our choices is very good stuff.
Fred: There's a generous current in the American spirit. And if we can simply give voice to that once in a while, I think it's a good message.
Fred Rogers: I have really never considered myself a TV star. I always thought I was a neighbor who just came in for a visit.
Fred: Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
Fred: We have to remember to whom the airwaves belong, and we must put as great an emphasis on the nurturing of the human personality as we can. I believe that those of us who are the producers and purveyors of television -- or video games or newspapers or any mass media -- I believe that we are the servants of this nation.
Fred: You know you don't have to be an actor when you read a book to a child. All you need is to simply love what you're reading. Even just enjoying the pictures together is a great start. When you share a book with a child, you're saying to them that books are important. That's a gift that can nurture them all through their lives.
Fred: I got into television because I hated it so. And I thought there's some way of using this fabulous instrument to nurture those who would watch and listen.
Fred: I think people who produce and perform on programs for children should have as a prerequisite some sort of course to understand their audience. You wouldn't put a newsman on the air who didn't know how to pronounce Vietnam. But we give millions of dollars to these people who are producing cartoons and they have no earthly idea of what they're doing to a kid.
Fred: Have you ever been so mad you wanted to bite?
Fred: Whatever is mentionable is manageable.
Fred (Mister) Rogers: Please won't you be my neighbor?