From the Archive: Happy Birthday Mister Rogers!

Daniel Hautzinger
Fred Rogers on WTTW's Chicago Tonight in 1985.
Fred Rogers on WTTW's Chicago Tonight in 1985.

Today would be the 89th birthday of Fred Rogers, of the beloved children's TV show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. His long-running series aimed at preschoolers but appropriate for all ages was broadcast nationally on PBS from 1968 to 2001, accompanying children of many generations as they grew up. Rogers died in 2003 at the age of 74, but his show lives on in the animated Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, which began in 2012 and takes place in Rogers' "Neighborhood of Make-Believe." 

In 1985, Rogers appeared on WTTW's Chicago Tonight  and spoke with host John Callaway about 30 years on television celebrating that "exceedingly precious time called childhood." He also discusses a problem that seems all too relevant today: children are "seeing some mighty scary things, that when people are angry, they just annihilate their opponent."

From the Archive
Fred Rogers
John Callaway