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Wikipedia Summary for Fred Rogers

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003), also known as Mister Rogers, was an American television host, author, producer and Presbyterian minister. He was the creator, showrunner and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001.

Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, Rogers earned a bachelor's degree in music from Rollins College in 1951. He began his television career at NBC in New York, returning to Pittsburgh in 1953 to work for children's programming at NET (later PBS) television station WQED. He graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a bachelor's degree in divinity in 1962. He became a Presbyterian minister in 1963. He attended the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Child Development, where he began his 30-year long collaboration with child psychologist Margaret McFarland. He also helped develop the children's shows The Children's Corner (1955) and Misterogers (1963). In 1968, he created Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran for 33 years. The program was critically acclaimed for focusing on children's emotional and physical concerns, such as death, sibling rivalry, school enrollment, and divorce.

Rogers died of stomach cancer on February 27, 2003 at age 74. His work in children's television has been widely lauded, and he received over 40 honorary degrees and several awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1997. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999. Rogers influenced many writers and producers of children's television shows, and his broadcasts have served as a source of comfort during tragic events, even after his death.

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I believe that those of us who are the producers and purveyors of television, I believe that we are the servants of this nation.

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To grow up to be healthy, very young children do not need to know how to read, but they need to know how to play.

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There have always been times when children wished for superhuman powers. Cave children probably pretended to be superhunters, just as children today pretend about being superstrong or superfast.

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Caring is not what a powerful person gives to a weaker one. Caring is a matter of being there...lamenting right along with the one who laments.

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I believe that the basis of any health education lies in a person's caring enough about himself that he'll want to take care of himself.

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Grandparents are both our past and our future. In some ways they are what has gone before, and in others they are what we will become.

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Grandparents can be very special resources. Just being close to them reassures a child, without words, about change and continuity, about what went before and what will come after.

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The way you would draw a tree is different from the way anyone else would draw a tree -- and that's the way it's supposed to be.

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When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.

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Hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.

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Just because somebody wants to be alone sometimes, it doesn't mean they don't love you.

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I don't think that the basics that kids need have changed in 10,000 years.

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Propel, propel, propel your craft softly down liquid solution. Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, Existence is simply illusion.

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It may take months or years for a wish to come true, but it's far more likely to happen when you care so much about a wish that you'll do all you can to make it happen.

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I went 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.

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I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

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Pretending doesn't require expensive toys.

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It's the people we love the most who can make us feel the gladdest ... and the maddest! Love and anger are such a puzzle!

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The child is in me still and sometimes not so still.

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I feel that the real drama of life is never center stage, it's always in the wings. It's never with the spotlight on, it's usually something that you don't expect at all.

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If you're trusted and people will allow you to share their inner gardern... what better gift?

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Our worlds needs more time to wonder and reflect but there is too much fast paced constant distraction.

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What really matters is not just our own winning but helping other people to win, too.

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My hunch is that if we allow ourselves to give who we really are to the children in our care, we will in some way inspire cartwheels in their hearts.

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Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other's achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain.

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Love is at the root of everything. All learning, all parenting, all relationships. Love or the lack of it.

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I believe it's a fact of life that what we have is less important than what we make out of what we have.

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Longer Version:

I believe it's a fact of life that what we have is less important than what we make out of what we have.  The same holds true for families: It's not how many people there are in a family that counts, but rather the feelings among the people who are there.


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A love of learning has a lot to do with learning that we are loved.

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Kids can spot a phony a mile away.

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We all have only one life to live on Earth, and through television we have the choice of encouraging others to demean this life or to cherish it in creative, imaginative ways.

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Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated.

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I'm proud of you for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you have ever done.

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The purpose of life is to listen -- to yourself, to your neighbor, to your world and to God and, when the time comes, to respond in as helpful a way as you can find ... from within and without.

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How many times have you noticed that it's the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?

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There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.

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Love and trust, in the space between what's said and what's heard in our life, can make all the difference in the world.

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Try your best to make goodness attractive. That's one of the toughest assignments you'll ever be given.

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Love is like infinity: You can't have more or less infinity, and you can't compare two things to see if they're equally infinite. Infinity just is, and that's the way I think love is, too.

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Fame is a four-letter word; and like tape or zoom or face or pain or life or love, what ultimately matters is what we do with it.

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The greatest gift that you can give another person is to gracefully receive whatever it is that they want to give us.

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To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.

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There's a world of difference between insisting on someone's doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it.

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There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.

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If it's mentionable, it's manageable.

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Anything mentionable is manageable.

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I like you just the way you are.

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Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered ... just one kind word to another person.

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You make each day a special day. You know how, by just your being you.

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When we look for what's best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we're doing what God does, so in appreciating our neighbor, we're participating in something truly sacred.

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In my own life, as the nearer I get to the end of life on this earth, the simpler I want to become.

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I'm fairly convinced that the Kingdom of God is for the broken-hearted. You write of 'powerlessness.' Join the club, we are not in control. God is.

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The kingdom of God is for the broken hearted.

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Real strength has to do with helping others.

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It's not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate importance. It's what resides inside.

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I feel the greatest gift we can give to anybody is the gift of our honest self.

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When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.

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Longer Version:

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people in this world.



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What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win too. Even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then.

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The space between the television set and the viewer is holy ground.

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There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.

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Play is really the work of childhood.

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Love isn't a perfect state of caring.

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Longer Version:

Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.


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I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world.

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Transitions are almost always signs of growth, but they can bring feelings of loss. To get somewhere new, we may have to leave somewhere else behind.

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For a couple with young children, divorce seldom comes as a solution to stress, only as a way to end one form of pain and accept another.

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Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.

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You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.

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It's a miracle when we finally discover whom we're best equipped to serve.

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We wish you a perfect day!