Once, Mister Rogers’ car got stolen; it made the news. The thieves returned it with a note, apologizing and saying “we didn’t know it was yours.”
Mister Rogers was once a guest on Garrison Keillor’s radio show, Prarie Home Companion. At one point, Garrison Keillor made an off-color remark; Mister Rogers disapprovingly reminded him of the children in the audience.
Mister Rogers began wearing his famous sneakers after discovering they allowed him to move stealthily and silently.
No one is capable of accurately imitating or portraying Mister Rogers; they are simply not nice enough.
Mister Rogers’ rage could destroy the planet Earth. Fortunately, Mister Rogers does not experience anger; only polite disapproval.
In the 1980s, Burger King created a parody called “Mr. Rodney.” Mister Rogers disapproved until the character ceased to exist.
At an award ceremony, Mister Rogers finished his speech by requesting two minutes of silence while everyone thought about their loved ones. Everyone obeyed, and when the time was up, a few of the celebrities and paparazzi had tears in their eyes.
When Mister Roger goes underwater, he doesn’t get wet. The water stands aside, takes off its hat, and bows.
Contrary to rumor, Mister Rogers’ arms aren’t secretly covered by tattoos. They’re actually covered by his cardigan sweater.
Mister Rogers sleeps very well, thank you.
Mister Rogers provided the voice for all of the characters on his show, including Mr. McFeely and all the children.
“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was not produced or funded. Mister Rogers simply walked into the studio, and there it was.
“Fred McFeely Rogers” is just an alias. His true name, if uttered, would transform the entire planet into a paradise where every day was a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Whether we’re a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating college senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know that we’re acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others.
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember