I don’t think I ever watched a full episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as I was growing up, but I certainly knew who Mister Rogers was.
I could even sing you his show’s theme song.
“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor…”
One of a kind, often parodied for his laid back, gentle manner, Fred Rogers was the same person both on screen and off. A pioneer who saw the potential for television to have a positive effect on children’s lives, his show educated and entertained for over 30 years.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood won four Emmy awards for television excellence, but the moment of excellence that I’d like to share with you today is Fred Rogers’ acceptance speech for a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, awarded in 1997.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone move so many people with just a 90-second speech. Take the time to watch it here:
Fred Rogers passed away in 2003. And though I didn’t get a chance to meet him on this side of heaven, I’m pleased to know that one day, he will be my neighbor.
Who did you think about in the 10 seconds of silence?
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