“Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” — Fred Rogers, Host of “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood”
Everyone’s favorite neighbor, Mr. Rogers, is getting his own big screen biopic starring Tom Hanks this November. Fred Rogers was the creator, head writer and host of the hit children’s television series “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood”, airing for 895 episodes on PBS from 1968 to 2001. Known for its slow and relaxed pace, the show was an instant success with preschool-aged children, entertaining audiences with simple storytelling and colorful puppetry. Rogers’ gentle demeanor became his trademark, with every episode beginning with him literally welcoming the audience into his home as he puts on his signature red jacket and sings “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, the series’ opening theme. Rogers received over 40 honorary degrees during the course of his career and in 2002 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President George W. Bush for his foundational contributions to children’s television.