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TV's Mr. Rogers Dead of Cancer at 74

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by swif1, Feb 27, 2003.

  1. swif1

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    TV's Mr. Rogers Dead of Cancer at 74

    Discussion started by swif1 - Feb 27, 2003

    TV's Mr. Rogers Dead of Cancer at 74


    PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Fred Rogers, who became a nurturing television friend to millions of children as host of the public television program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," died of cancer on Thursday at 74, his producer said.

    An ordained Presbyterian minister who believed the television airwaves should be used to enhance the human spirit, Rogers died at his home in Pittsburgh. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer.


    Rogers, who began his career in children's television doing puppet voices for a local show on PBS affiliate WQED in Pittsburgh, became a national personality in 1968 when "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" became available to PBS stations across the country.

    Each episode opened with the gentle Mr. Rogers entering a comfortable living room, singing "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" and donning a cardigan sweater and pair of comfortable shoes.

    One of the red sweaters is now at the Smithsonian Institution.

    The show was quickly embraced by both children and parents for an imaginative but simple approach that came with his own songs and puppet voices, and the ongoing message: "There's only one person in the whole world like you."

    It became the longest running children's program on public television. He taped his last program in December 2000. The final episode aired in August 2001, but earlier program continues to run on PBS.

    Rogers also tackled important subjects for children, including death and violence on television, including the TV news.

    During the Gulf crisis a decade ago, he made a public service announcement that told parents: "Children aren't responsible for wars. The least, and the best, we adults can do is to let our children know that we'll take good care of them, no matter what."

    Characteristically, the Web site of his production company Family Entertainment Inc. announced his death with advice on how to relay the sad news to children who will continue to see him on television.

    "Children have always known Mr. Rogers as their 'television friend,' and that relationship doesn't change with his death," the message said.

    Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, he studied early child development at the University of Pittsburgh and received a charge to continue his work with families and children through television when he was ordained a minister.

    Rogers is survived by his wife, Joanne, their two sons and two grandsons.



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    RIP[​IMG]
     
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    willy.wonka - Replied Feb 27, 2003

    RIP mr Rogers..i always liked that little red box car

    man, im getting old.
     
  3. SteveAustin

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    SteveAustin - Replied Feb 27, 2003

    damn, you ain't the only one wonka. I remember watchin' that show was I was younger than young.
    RIP
     
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    rip......childhood and mr. rogers
     
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    yoink - Replied Feb 27, 2003

    RIP

    man, thats nuts. i used to see him randomly on cable....blast of nostalgia like whoah.
     
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    I just saw this.

    RIP
     
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    RIP

    I used to love the "how it's made" type films.

    Speedy Delivery, Mr. Rodgers
     
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    Dr. Dazzle - Replied Feb 27, 2003

    I never watched him but I know lots pf people did.

    Hes an icon, RIP.....
     
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    Won't you be my neighbor?



    RIP
     
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    KaBar - Replied Feb 27, 2003

    Mr. Rogers was not "cool"

    But he was a wonderful, gentle man, and definately knew the value of consistant, principled, moral behavior. The kids are going to see years of Mr. Rogers re-runs, they probably won't know he's gone. But we will. Bummer.
     
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    Dirty_habiT - Replied Feb 27, 2003

    I used to watch that show.

    Rest In Peace Mr. Rogers.
     
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    rip...
     
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    YinzerXpress - Replied Feb 27, 2003

    no doubt.... civic is prolly crying, he worked on his car.....

    RIP
     
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    S@T@N - Replied Feb 27, 2003

    :(

    No fucking way.... :(.


    RIP Mr. Rogers, I'm gonna be bummed all day over this shit.
    Please believe I watched that stuff when I was a kid and sang that
    intro song too.
     
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    post. - Replied Feb 27, 2003

    This blows.. Mr Rogers was not supposed to ever die.


    RIP :(





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