Mister Rogers gave Micheal Keaton and horror icon, George Romero, their first jobs. Keaton was a stagehand who manned Picture, Picture and played Purple Panda while Romero filmed a segment about Fred Rogers undergoing a tonsillectomy.
Fred Rogers, forever known as Mister Rogers, was a world famous television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer and ordained minister. He single handedly created and hosted one of the most influential children’s television show for over 30 years. From 1968 to his final farewell in 2001, Mister Rogers taught life lessons, values and made generations of kids feel unique and shine their own special light. Seen as a beacon of kindness, compassion and truth, Mister Rogers is synonymous with the forces of good.
You will be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard or seen his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, or who doesn’t know about Fred Rogers. Take the trolley on this Fun Fact Friday as we explore a history of Mister Rogers that few ever knew!
Trivia Ice-Breaker Fact: In 1991, the Pittsburgh Penguins named Mister Rogers honorary captain.