Mister Rogers Dies

There’s some sad news for millions of children.

Fred Rogers has died Thursday morning at the age of 74. Rogers died from stomach cancer.

From 1968 to 2000, Rogers was the producer and host of the famed children's public television show, "Mister Rogers Neighborhood."

The final new episode of the series was taped in December 2000, but the show has lived on from generation to generation in reruns.

Rogers composed his own songs for the show and began each program by putting on kid-friendly sneakers and a zip-up cardigan and singing "It's A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood."

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Fred Rogers Timeline

  • 1928: Born March 20th in Latrobe, PA.

  • 1937: Played the organ at age nine.

  • 1951: Graduated from Rollins College with a degree in music composition. Worked as an apprentice at NBC.

  • 1952: Married concert pianist Sara Joanne Byrd.

  • 1954: Served as a puppeteer, organist, and co-producer with Josie Carey for WQED’s “The Children’s Corner.” This was his first assignment in children’s television.

  • 1962: Took graduate courses in Child Development with Dr. Margaret McFarland.

  • 1966: Created and hosted Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

  • 1968: Appeared at U.S. Senate hearings, offering a plea that influenced Senators approve form Public Broadcasting.

  • 1971: Formed Family Communications, a company that produces Mister Rogers; Neighborhood and a variety of other children’s related programming.

  • 1987: Taped a special Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in Russia.

  • 1992: Received an honorary degree from Boston University, adding to his total of 30 degrees.

  • 1993: Appeared with President Bill Clinton during the Inaugural Celebration for Children at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

  • 1998: Received Lifetime Achievement Award at the Emmy’s Awards show.

  • 2001: Expanded Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to Internet broadcasts.

  • 2002: Awarded nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his work in public television programming.

Source: http://pbskids.org (PBS Kids Organization) contributed to this report