The impact of Mister Rogers on kids and adults

For decades, Mister Rogers greeted millions of kids with a gentle tune as he changed into his cardigan and sneakers. With song, hand puppets, a trolley, and a good dose of make-believe, he taught kids to be good neighbors. He helped soothe their anxieties about adult things, like the Vietnam War and 9/11. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” A new documentary explores the impact Mister Rogers had on generations of children and adults.

Fred Rogers meets with a disabled boy. Credit: Jim Judkis. 

Fred Rogers (left) with Francois Scarborough Clemmons (right)
from his show “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.” Credit: John Beale

Fred Rogers with Daniel Tiger from his show “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.”
Credit: The Fred Rogers Company.