To a generation of children, Fred Rogers was a lot more than a soothing voice and a cardigan.
On “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which had its first national broadcast on February 19, 1968, he sprinkled educational segments with soft-spoken wisdom.
The show went off the air in 2001, and Rogers died in 2003. But he’s making a posthumous comeback. The US Postal Service will commemorate him on a stamp next month, a documentary film about his beloved PBS show will be released in June and Tom Hanks will play him in a biopic.
Fifty years later, Rogers’ legacy still resonates.
Here’s a look at some of his more memorable lessons and quotes, from his show and writings.
1. Slow down and be patient.
In one episode, Rogers wanted viewers to hear what it sounded like when the fish in his on-set aquarium ate their food. He called in a marine biologist to install a microphone in the tank, but the biologist grew impatient when the fish weren’t eating. They could have re-recorded the scene, but Rogers kept it in as a lesson in patience and the appreciation of silence.
“Mutually 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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