Won't You Be My Neighbor - Fred Rogers (for full video link in bio).
The childrens program known for gentleness, kindness, meekness, and imagination: Mr Rogers' Neighborhood debuted on US national television on Feb 19, 1968. For 31 seasons, it aired on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) until its last episode on Aug 31, 2001.
Fred McFeely Rogers (McFeely was Fred's maternal grandfather's name and also the inspiration behind naming the character Mr McFeely) composed his own music including the opening theme song, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?". Jazz pianist, Johnny Costa, served as musical director until 1996 when Michael Moricz took over after Costa's death.
With his unsurpassed ability to shed light on issues of the time, Fred Rogers was a master at using inclusion to subtly teach his viewers, both young and old, what it is about each individual that "he likes" 🎶. With inclusion, he taught gratitude and how to express thanks to people like an everyday public servant by creating a recurring character, Mr McFeely the delivery man. Mr McFeely never appeared empty handed which would segue into a cordial and meaningful conversation shared between the two. Mr McFeely's best known catch phrase, "Speedy delivery!" continues to be echoed on the spin-off series Daniel Tigers Neighborhood by a now computer animated Mr McFeely.
Mr Rogers Neighborhood and Fred Rogers himself received many acclaimed awards ranging from Emmy's, a Peabody Award, to a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. The US Postal Service also commemorated Mister Rogers earlier this year 2018, by issuing a forever first class US stamp with an image of himself as Mister Rogers alongside King Friday XIII. But the most significant achievement this man and Mr Rogers' Neighborhood could ever accomplish is winning over the hearts of millions throughout the span of four decades and 912 episodes aired on public television for viewers like me and you. thank you 💌. .
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