It was February 19, 1968 when Fred Rogers debuted on PBS via the first public television station WQED in Pittsburgh.
The mission was to reach out to children and their families because between the TV set and the viewer is holy ground where care and love often took place. A paraphrase of what Fred said to us in one of our visits to his office at WQED over the years. Fred was helping us to see how producing was really about being empathetic to what the viewer/listener was experiencing in his or her life.
He enjoyed listening to Passages shows we shared with him. Fred listened to Passages while on the treadmill and stationary bike each day. He felt that there was holy ground between the listener to Passages and the person sharing their story. He loved the conversational interview techniques that Dennis Benson Executive Producer of Passages forged as the style for drawing listeners into the stories people so graciously provided to help others.
Fred reflecting on Passages about the purpose of the mission of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood …
Looking to March the Post Office will be issuing a stamp honoring Fred for sell on March 23, Fred’s birthday!
A biography and movie will be out this year and next on Fred too.
Here is a classic Passages produced interview featuring Fred Rogers and ” Speedy Delivery” Mr. McFeely, as a special delivery on Passages for you.
One of the most powerful experiences is Fred at the Television Hall of Fame.
There was always more to learn about life each time you experienced Fred Rogers!
May God bless you on your journey in life.