It was 46 years ago today on February 19th, 1968, that “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” made its national TV debut.
Here are a few interesting Mr. Rogers facts you may not know:
•The sweaters: Many of Mr. Rogers’ famous sweaters he wore on the show were made by his mother.
•The sneakers: reason Mr. Rogers started wearing sneakers on the show was because they made less noise than normal dress shoes when moving around behind the sets.
•Did you know? Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister. He received a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1962 and was ordained as a minister in the United Presbyterian Church.
•The goodness – and the “scandal”: Mr. Rogers was a vegetarian. He didn’t smoke or drink or seem to have any major vices. He also stayed married to the same woman until his death; their marriage lasted 47 years. He did reveal that he swam laps completely in the buff every morning.
•895 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood were filmed with the first episode broadcasting in 1968 and the last episode shot on December of 2000 and was subsequently aired in August of 2001.