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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

    swif1 Veteran Member

    Joined: Dec 13, 2001 Messages: 7,067 Likes Received: 29
    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.

    02/27/03 06:51

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  2. willy.wonka

    willy.wonka Guest

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

    man, im getting old.
  3. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    damn, you ain't the only one wonka. I remember watchin' that show was I was younger than young.
  4. mental invalid

    mental invalid Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 11, 2001 Messages: 13,050 Likes Received: 8
    rip......childhood and mr. rogers
  5. yoink

    yoink Elite Member

    Joined: May 27, 2002 Messages: 3,428 Likes Received: 0

    man, thats nuts. i used to see him randomly on cable....blast of nostalgia like whoah.
  6. Pistol

    Pistol Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 12, 2001 Messages: 19,363 Likes Received: 299
    I just saw this.

  7. Ken E. Bus

    Ken E. Bus Member

    Joined: May 7, 2002 Messages: 311 Likes Received: 0

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

    Speedy Delivery, Mr. Rodgers
  8. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    I never watched him but I know lots pf people did.

    Hes an icon, RIP.....
  9. sans sheriff

    sans sheriff Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 20, 2003 Messages: 1,269 Likes Received: 42
    Won't you be my neighbor?

  10. KaBar

    KaBar Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 1,397 Likes Received: 28
    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.
  11. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Administrator

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,132 Likes Received: 80
    I used to watch that show.

    Rest In Peace Mr. Rogers.
  12. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
  13. YinzerXpress

    YinzerXpress Guest

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

  14. S@T@N

    [email protected]@N Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 15, 2002 Messages: 1,998 Likes Received: 0

    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.
  15. post.

    post. Member

    Joined: Dec 2, 2001 Messages: 762 Likes Received: 0
    This blows.. Mr Rogers was not supposed to ever die.

    RIP :(

    boomerang toomerang soomerang