Last week, the topic for Illustration Friday was SuperHeroes. I really have a hard time seeing myself as artistic. I WANT to be, I take classes and try, but I felt the need to expand on why he’s my hero.
In 1969 the US Senate had a hearing on funding the newly developed Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The proposed endowment was $20 million, but President Nixon wanted it cut in half because of the spending going on in the Vietnam War. This is an video clip of the exchange between Mr Rogers and Senator Pastore, head of the hearing. Senator Pastore starts out very abrasive and by the time Mr Rogers is done talking, Senator Pastore’s inner child has heard Mr Rogers and agreed with him. Enjoy.
- Fred Rogers
- PBS Kids: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
- Family Communications, Inc.
- The Fred M. Rogers Center
- Full List of Honorary Degrees and Awards Given to Fred Rogers
- About his Presidential Medal of Freedom
- News article on his final episodes
- Can You Say … Hero? This article originally appeared in the November 1998 Esquire magazine
- Pittsburgh bids farewell to Fred Rogers with moving public tribute Barbara Vancheri and Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 4, 2003
- Sad day in neighborhood: Beloved Mister Rogers dies
- Salon’s Brilliant Careers: Fred Rogers
- 1987 audio interview of Fred Rogers by Don Swaim of CBS Radio, RealAudio
- Archive of American Television Video Interview with Fred Rogers
- Biography of Fred Rogers at the “Rotten” Library
- December 2002 Interview on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show (Real Audio)
- “This American Life” episode on “Neighbors”, 5/11/01, 20 minute segment by interviewer who had visited the Rogers summer cottage on Nantucket twenty years before as a child