Fred Rogers

(1928_2003 / Latrobe, Pennsylvania)

Fred Rogers
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Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host. Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001), which featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences.

Initially educated to be a minister, Rogers was displeased with the way television addressed children and made an effort to change this when he began to write for and perform on local Pittsburgh-area shows dedicated to youth. WQED developed his own show in 1968 and it was distributed nationwide by Eastern Education Television Network. Over the course of three decades... more »

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  • ''There is a universal truth that I have found in my work. Everybody longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is let somebody know that they are loved and capable of loving.''
    Fred Rogers (20th century), U.S. children's TV personality and author. As quoted in Kids Are Worth It by Barbara Coloroso, ch. 1 (1994).
  • When our children see us expressing our emotions, they can learn that their own feelings are natural and permissible, can be expressed, and can be talked about. That's an important thing for our child...
    Fred Rogers (20th century), U.S. television personality and parenting specialist. Mister Rogers Talks with Parents, ch. 10 (1983).
  • When we leave our child in nursery school for the first time, it won't be just our child's feelings about separation that we will have to cope with, but our own feelings as well—from our present ...
    Fred Rogers (20th century), U.S. children's TV personality and author. Mister Rogers Talks With Parents, ch. 1 (1983).
  • Parents find many different ways to work their way through the assertiveness of their two-year-olds, but seeing that assertiveness as positive energy being directed toward growth as a competent indivi...
    Fred Rogers (20th century), U.S. television personality and parenting specialist. Mister Rogers Talks With Parents, ch. 2 (1983).
  • Call them rules or call them limits, good ones, I believe, have this in common: They serve reasonable purposes; they are practical and within a child's capability; they are consistent; and they are an...
    Fred Rogers (20th century), U.S. television personality and parenting specialist. Mister Rogers Talks with Parents, ch. 6 (1983).
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