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Remembering Mister Rogers

Updated on October 25, 2014

Growing up was easier with our Favorite "TV Neighbor"

Who can't admit it? Some days, Mr. Rogers just made you feel good. Some of us may have made fun of him when we got older, but really, we loved him. And he genuinely loved us, "just the way we are". I recently came across some videos of his life and work on youtube and felt compelled to put him out here. For all the little ones who will not get to grow up with him in your living room, maybe a few clips and photos will bring a little joy to someone, like he used to do for us.

I hope you all enjoy remembering him as much as I do.

Thanks Mister Rogers for all you did for us. We will never forget you.

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Mr Rogers Liked to get Comfy!

Lyrics to "Won't You Be My Neighbor"

Words and Music by Fred M. Rogers

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,

A beautiful day for a neighbor.

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?...

It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood,

A neighborly day for a beauty.

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?...

I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.

I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So, let's make the most of this beautiful day.

Since we're together we might as well say:

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?

Won't you be my neighbor?

Won't you please,

Won't you please?

Please won't you be my neighbor?

Sheet music can be downloaded Here

Something I Knew

Fred McNeely Rogers was a neighbor and friend of mine for all of my life. I never had the honor of meeting the man, and he had no idea who I was, but that didn't matter; he cared about me and thought I was special. That was something I knew.

Books that bring Mister Rogers to your home

What was Mr Rogers all about?

Mr Rogers Neighborhood was a childrens' television show which came on weekday mornings on public television. So, unless you were home sick, it was mostly viewed by smaller preschool aged kids. It was a treat though, when feeling bad, to lie on the couch and watch our "old friend" Mr. Rogers when we were home sick from school. He and his puppets and guests were like comfort food. You just couldn't help but feel a little bit better, at least while you were tuned in!

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood usually had a theme for each show. There was usually a special guest, a young teenager or older kid who had some kind of special talent, or maybe he or she was handicapped, or he might have been part of a group such as boy scouts or a school choir. The puppets usually got to meet the guest, and would interact with them in their little kingdom. They all lived in sweet little fantasy world Mr. Rogers set up, and you could only get there by the trolley.

He often made some kind of craft and would bring in an expert to help him show how to make it. Materials were simple household items that most of us could find and make the craft along with him.

Mr Fred Rogers was also a Methodist Preacher but I think his great calling in ministry had to be his show. It was a gem I could never realize the value of, until much later in life.

Look for the Helpers - Good Advice

Beautiful Words
Beautiful Words

Mr Rogers talks about his Mom's advice from when he was a little kid. Great stuff!

A funny take on Neighbors - This guy just needed a litle sugar!

From my friend Mountain Jim who lives in a log cabin in the mountains. Mr Rogers' influence is everywhere!

The Whole Gang!

The Whole Gang!
The Whole Gang!

King Friday, Queen Sara, Prince Tuesday (one of only 2 characters who aged), Henrietta Pussycat, X the Owl, Lady Elaine, Daniel Tiger.....

and even though he never talks, I include the neighborhood trolley as a character.

Who was your favorite Mister Rogers Character? - Come on, you know you have one!

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      Karen Kay 3 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Awe! Thank you Lori. I have to find that interview. How fun!

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      My third son adored Mr. Rogers. I didn't like much about his show except when he was talking to the audience on the other side of the TV or talking with a guest. There was no one like Mr. Rogers. BTW, if you do a search on Youtube you can find a very cute interview Joan Rivers did with him. She behaved her self and said she felt like she was talking to a father. Apparently her daughter loved him growing up. Nice piece.

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings. I was thrilled to be able to use a video of Mister Rogers talking about making mistakes on one of my lenses.

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I always despise people who act like him without even knowing know...those people who you think are listening to you and say, "yea", "Uh-huh" and are just patronizing you! ha! Let's all put on our loafers and feed the fish, "SURE". ha!

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      hunksparrow 7 years ago

      I absolutely loved watching this show every day when I was young. I thought it was so cool he had a traffic light and toy train in his house. Really cool lens

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      NYtoSCimjustme 7 years ago

      Love It! Especially since I now can torment my husband (another Mr. Rogers) with "Won't you be my neighbor?" jokes :)

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      CraigMiller 8 years ago

      Nice lens! Thanks for bringing back the memories.

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      What a nice, neighborly lens! My kids watched Mr Rogers and I enjoyed it along with them. Recently, I bought my grandson several of the Mr Rogers videos and he loves them! I also read the book, The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World's Most Beloved Neighbor, that you have listed above. It's a wonderful book and I recommend it to anyone who ever watched and loved Mr Rogers. Great lens. 5*s.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Mr Rogers was an innocent!!

      Thanks for the tribute!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My son watched Mr. Rogers but we mainly watched Howdy Doody growing up. I loved to watch him with my son and will have that song on my mind all day now. Great lens.

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      CubicleJoe 9 years ago


      Oh my God! The Trolley was my favorite and of course King Friday. Mr. Rogers lives on !!! Great lens tribute! Thanks for bringing back some memories.

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      DogWhisperWoman1 10 years ago

      Simple faith ... and fond memories. Thanks, KK! 5*****

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      Karen Kay 10 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Henrietta Pussycat, Hands Down! Meow Meow....

      I love, Meow Meow, Her sweet and innocent meow meow curiosity meow meow.