Fred Rogers has passed away, and I’m one of the many folks will miss him greatly.

His was the first sand table I’d ever seen. Got me into gaming, really.

Newton came close to being named Daniel.

Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister with a vast pulpit. His show became his ministry. His credo: “The ability to love and be loved is the most important thing in life.”

His teachings show how to deal with emotions such as anger or fear and how to tell the difference between make-believe and the real world. Other skills covered include self-esteem, self-control, imagination, creativity, cooperation, tolerance, patience and curiosity about the world. Even dealing with grief.

For what Mister Rogers has given us, (and through reruns and folks he’s taught passing things on, continue to do so) I am grateful. I honestly think that I’m a better person for having him as a teacher.

Thanks, Fred.

Children and adults who would like to share their messages, pictures, photographs, or drawings with the cast and staff of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood or with the Rogers family may send them to the office:

Family Communications, Inc.
4802 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

There’s also a place on the PBS Kids website where you or your children can share your thoughts about Fred Rogers at

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