This week the late Fred Rogers — star of the children's show "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," which enjoyed a 33-year run of 895 episodes on public television — would've celebrated his 83rd birthday.
Here are a few of the major entries on Mr. Rogers' CV, per Wikipedia:
- Full name: Fred McFeely Rogers
- Born: March 20, 1928, in Latrobe, Penn.
- Died: Feb. 27, 2003, in Pittsburgh, Penn. (of stomach cancer)
- College: Attended Dartmouth College for two years, but ultimately transferred and received his BA in music composition from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.
- Other education: Graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1963 and was subsequently ordained a Presbyterian minister.
- Notable: Rogers was a vegetarian who neither smoked nor drank.
Finally, here's one of the most touching YouTube videos you'll ever watch: Rogers' acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award at the 1997 Daytime Emmys. During this clip, Rogers asks an audience largely populated by soap opera stars and talk-show hosts to take "10 seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are" — and then pauses to look at his watch and mark the time. After the 10 seconds ends and Rogers thanks his own family, he ends his acceptance speech by simply saying, "May God be with you."
For those who want to see Rogers singing the timeless theme song of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," watch the video on PBS.org.