Posted on March 20, 2005 at 11:41 AM
An icon of children's television for more than 30 years, Fred Rogers was born on this day back in 1928. While having taped his last epsisode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood back in 2000, his passing in 2003 was a loss felt by fans of his show both young and old.
Everyone rembers his charismatic smile and warm presence as he changed into his singnature zip-up cardigan and slipped into his loafers all the while signing "Won't you be my neighbor".
As a child I have fond memories of watching his show. I always enjoyed it when he would visit factories and would show you how things were made like tricycles, footballs, or candybars for example. But I couldn't help but think that some of the puppets in the land of make believe were a little creepy. Like that damn cat Henrietta (meow meow), Prince Tuesday, or Lady Elaine Fairchilde. Lady Elaine still gives me the willies.
Mr. Rogers may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.