Mr. Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 - February 27, 2003) known professionally as Mr. Rogers of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" children's program that ran from 1968 to 2001 is the 2018 Child Advocacy Hall of Fame Inductee.
Mister Rogers touched the lives of over a BILLION children worldwide through the broadcast airwaves into homes throughout North America and beyond. Fred Rogers television program was uniquely hand-crafted for kids that stood as a timeless beacon of trust, entertainment and education in contrast to other children's programming during its impressive 33 year production run.
Fred Rogers was born and passed away in the east coast American state of Pennsylvania, was a loving husband to his wife Sara, a Father to two sons, James and John Rogers and a brother to his sister Elaine. By age 5 Fred began singing, playing the piano and became an excellent student. Later Fred made the honor roll all four years at Latrobe high school as well as serving as President of the student council and Editor in Chief of the yearbook all while studying aeronautics and flight dynamics with aviation lessons, obtaining his pilots license as a teenager. Amazingly, Fred achieved much of this during the war years with strict rationing in place with ration cards and the nations attention focused on winning the war on two fronts. Fred graduated high school the year after world war two ended.
Upon graduation from high school, Fred went to college and graduated in 1951 with a degree in music composition. Also in 1951, Rogers landed a job in the Big Apple with NBC as an associate producer then a director on various musical programs and children's television. The very next year, Fred got married to his sweetheart Sara of 51 years of marriage and managed to find the time to not only do a great job for NBC and time being an attentive and loving husband to Sara, Rogers found the time to attend classes at Pittsburg Theological Seminary and became an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Fred Rogers was undoubtedly a high achiever throughout his life, Fred believed in daily exercise and swan every morning and never smoked or ingested alcohol. Later in life Fred became a vegetarian and maintained a lifelong connection with his Presbyterian "church family".
Mister Rogers earned a Peabody award, over 40 honorary degrees and most prestigious .... was a Presidential Medal of Freedom Receiptant In 2002. One of Fred's famous sweaters is enshrined in the Smithsonian as a "Treasure of American History" and TV guide ranked him number 35 of the greatest all time TV stars. Fred was inducted in the Television Hall of Fame In 1999. We are honored beyond words to have Fred Rogers as our 2018 Child Advocacy Hall of Fame Inductee.