Tag: Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers Ordination “Celebrating 50 Years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”

Fred Rogers shares on Passages (audio) about the philosophy and theology of Mister Rogers Neighborhood TV program as we celebrate 50 years of the program on WQED.  Click on audio button below …

Here is a link to the new 15 second TV Spot where Fred Rogers in his own words shares about being ordained a minister of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. by Pittsburgh Presbytery. This is after he took classes at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary over his lunch hour for a number of years. Click on the link here to watch the spot produced by PMM for this 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood being on WQED. Click on link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4GUA2GEEUw

Other notable media links to Fred Rogers TV and media legacy below … 

The Mister Rogers Documentary is a Manifesto for Healing America
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” says everything our country needs to hear about self-esteem, common decency, and loving people for who they are.

https://medium.com/@kristiyorkwooten/the-mister-rogers-documentary-is-a-manifesto-for-healing-america-3ebeefcdeba1

Movie Review on “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” by The Rev. Dr. Darrell Knopp
http://presbymediamission.org/2018/07/15/wont-you-be-my-neighbor-fred-rogers/

On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers, host of the (then) recently nationally syndicated children’s television series, Mister Rogers’ appears in front of Congress on the need to support Public Television … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKy7ljRr0AA

Fred Rogers acceptance speech 1997 Emmy Awards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jMeby5ZIJs

Fred Rogers is inducted into the TV Hall of Fame. Jeff Erlanger, who appeared on Mister Rogers Neighborhood in 1981, surprises Fred … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3vp-EXQ5Rs&t=350s

Fred Rogers Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P__SLhGTfz0

Fred talking with late night host David Letterman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKjKZKpEkVY

Garden of Your Mind remix by PBS Studios https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFzXaFbxDcM

Fred Rogers talking with Charlie Rose … “How do we allow for silence in a noisy world” on PBS  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djoyd46TVVc

Fred Rogers’ at 2002 Dartmouth College Commencement Address https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=907yEkALaAY

Mr. Rogers Talks With Parents About Discipline https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBtEzr_Ifv0

Fred Rogers … Look for the helpers! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNpa352mVQk

Passages featuring Fred Rogers

Fred talking about the death of his Dog Mitzy … click on the audio link below …

Fred shares on feature length Passages (27 minutes)  about his life and faith … Click on audio button below …

Celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Fred Rogers, thanks Fred!


Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Fred Rogers

Have you seen the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor yet?

Fred Rogers Documentary Review
By Rev. Dr. Darrell Knopp

2018 is an important year for looking again to the life and times of Fred Rogers. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the very first Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television show on WQED-TV in Pittsburgh.

The first ever full length biography of Mr. Rogers life, The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King, will be published and on bookstore shelves in early September.  In the fall of 2019 a feature film, You Are My Friend starring Hollywood heavyweight Tom Hanks (as Mr. Rogers) will debut from Sony Pictures.

Each of these entrees will have to climb a large mountain to be favorably compared to the recent standard set by award-winning storyteller, Morgan Neville, Neville’s recent documentary of Fred Rogers life, is a near perfect portrayal of who Fred Rogers was/is and in 95 cinematic minutes, Neville speaks volumes with Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

This stellar production is a deeply penetrating look into the heart and soul of this irreplaceable giant. Neville reaches out to (and into) the heart of a man who in turn reached into the lives of some estimated 5 to 10 million children with his powerful message of love.

Using ten different voices to address his audience with ten different puppets on a simple stage, made up as simple TV sets, Mr. Rogers was able to bring to life many important biblical concepts, such as “I like you just the way you are,” “love your neighbor,” “love yourself,” and perhaps most important, “always keep your heart open.”

Despite childhood illnesses which challenge a lonely little boy to use his imagination, he discovered creative ways to spend extended hours alone in bed. Forced to find ways to pass long days and nights, Neville shows us a person who, when his time had come, had learned to use the challenges of adversity to present to the whole world important Christ-like concepts without use of a pulpit.

Mary Rawson, a cast member (Cousin Mary) of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, had this to say about Neville’s work.

“It is wonderful the attention that the 50th Anniversary of the first Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood program is bringing to Fred Rogers work; that, and the excellent documentary by Morgan Neville , Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Without ever saying so to his audience, Neville allows us to see Mr. Rogers’ accomplishments as a direct reflection of who Fred was as a person and a believer.

To Neville’s credit, he allows Fred to tell the story, not Morgan Neville. This is a rare accomplishment in a documentary. Neville allows Rogers to share regarding his struggles as an ordained Presbyterian minister, feeling led by God to work in front of a television camera, working with and for the most vulnerable members of society, children, as his call to ministry.

So it is that Fred tells the story, by means of his faith, compassion, gentleness, openness, creativity, vulnerability and most of all, his Christ-like humility. Yet these words are seldom heard in this film to describe who Fred is.

Neville never gets in the way of the audience – he permits the subject of his work to tell the story.

n Pittsburgh, PA, there is a sign on the lawn in front of a house on Highland Avenue. The sign reads:

“No matter who you are, or where you’re from, you are my neighbor.”

Reading this sign, one cannot help but think of Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Two thousand plus years ago Jesus of Nazareth told the story of the Good Samaritan to challenge a hardened young man to keep his heart open to whoever his neighbor might be. Perhaps nobody since has done more to challenge all of us, especially the children, to do the same that Mister Rogers’ has done.

Allow us to again quote Ms. Rawson as to who she believed Fred Rogers to be:

“Fred was an amazing person who did such good work in this world, and I’m very happy that his message of total kindness and respect for others continues to reverberate. He never let the present pass without being fully engaged.”

“Fully engaged” is a wonderful description of audience response to the film. Neville neither exalts Fred for his goodness nor crucifies him for his faults. He simply tells the story of who Fred Rogers was and what Fred did. He allows the truth to tell the story, and the story is wonderful.

If you see this film, be prepared to laugh and to cry. Your inner child may surface, for good or ill. Mr. Rogers was a strong proponent that children should be permitted to express/show their feelings. Give yourself permission to do the same.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a worthy representation of who Fred Rogers was and continues to be. That’s high praise for this work. See the film. You will be blessed!

(Note: The Rev. Dr. Darrell Knopp is a retired Presbyterian minister who served on the Presbyterian Media Mission Board of Directors and now is a board member Emeritus. He served churches in Lake Erie, Kiskiminetas, and Pittsburgh Presbyteries. He is an avid movie goer/reviewer and Pittsburgh Pirate fan.)

Watch movie trailer by clicking on link below ….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwktRDG_aQ

Fred’s widow Joanne talks about the documentary click on the link below ….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKJaOItfRbo

Release dateJune 8, 2018 (USA)
Box office12.7 million USD

Remembering Fred Rogers on his birthday!

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. Rogers was famous for creating, hosting, and composing the theme music for the educational preschool television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968–2001), which featured his kind-hearted, grandfatherly personality, and directness to his audiences.[1]

Initially educated to be a minister, Rogers was displeased with the way television addressed children and made an effort to change this when he began to write for and perform on local Pittsburgh-area shows dedicated to youth. WQED developed his own show in 1968 and it was distributed nationwide by Eastern Educational Television Network. Over the course of three decades on television, Fred Rogers became an icon of American children’s entertainment and education.[2] He was also known for his advocacy of various public causes. His testimony before a lower court in favor of fair-use recording of television shows to play at another time (now known as time shifting) was cited in a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Betamax case, and he gave now-famous testimony to a U.S. Senate committee, advocating government funding for children’s television.[3]

Rogers received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, some forty honorary degrees,[4] and a Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, was recognized by two Congressional resolutions, and was ranked No. 35 among TV Guide‘s Fifty Greatest TV Stars of All Time.[5] Several buildings and artworks in Pennsylvania are dedicated to his memory, and the Smithsonian Institution displays one of his trademark sweaters as a “Treasure of American History”. On June 25, 2016, the Fred Rogers Historical Marker was placed near Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and was named and dedicated in his memory.[6

More on Fred https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Rogersi

Click on the audio button below for a Passages Radio Show featuring Fred talking about his start in TV, attending seminary, helping start WQED and PBS, and his ministry to children and their families.

In the fall of 1997, Presbyterians Today editor Eva Stimson interviewed Fred Rogers in his cramped office at WQED in Pittsburgh. Her story appeared in the March 1998 issue of the magazine.

The Real “Mister Rogers” (below is an excerpt from the article to reflect on)

In the early 1960’s, Fred recalls, national staff in the United Presbyterian Church U.S.A. began talking to him about developing a children’s TV program as an outreach of the denomination.  But then priorities shifted and money for the project evaporated.  Did the church miss a big opportunity?

“It’s hard to say,” comments Gregg Hartung, executive director of Presbyterian Media Mission and a personal friend of Rogers’. “I’m not sure a ministry like Fred’s could be done within an institution.” If a church-Rogers partnership had come to fruition, the PCUSA might be known today as a trailblazer in TV evangelism.

On the other hand, the constraints of working within a church bureaucracy might have had a stifling effect on Rogers’ creativity. Or his programming might have been buried in a “religious ghetto,” reaching only a fraction of the people whose lives have been affected by watching “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

As it turns out, Rogers’ principle tie to the Presbyterian Church is his unusual ordination to the ministry. In 1962 Pittsburgh Presbytery ordained him with a charge to continue his work with children and families through the media. He has never served in the traditional role of pastor, but through television he brings his simple message of affirmation and acceptance to a “congregation” of millions.

“I’ve seen it happen so often – what I present in faith somehow nourishes the viewer,” Rogers says. Before taping a TV show, he always prays to God: “Let some word that is said be yours.” He firmly believes in “holy ground,” which he describes as “the space between the person who is offering his or her best and how the Holy Spirit can translate that to help another person in need.”

Presbyterian Historical Society releases rare early video of Fred Rogers’ “Sunday on the Children’s Corner”

PHILADELPHIA (PHS) The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) has recently transferred to digital video a rare 16mm print of Sunday on the Children’s Corner, the first television program to feature the piano-playing and puppeteering of Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers, supporting his creative partner, Josie Carey. Carey was born Josephine Vicari on August 20, 1930, in Pittsburgh.

Happy birthday to Fred and 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS!

 

 

 


Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Premiered on this date on PBS!

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.


Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 18th Annual Sweater Drive

It is about just being good neighbors! Caring like Fred taught us is when we gather gently used sweaters and then distribute them to those neighbors who need help to keep warm this winter.

Presbyterian Media Mission (PMM) and Presbyterian Churches of the Tri-State area join in supporting the effort to care for those needing help to keep warm as the weather shifts to being cold.

More from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh about the launch of the sweater drive later today! Click on the link https://pittsburghkids.org/events/3715

You and your church can help in your community and throughout the region this Thanksgiving and Advent season!

Click below to learn how you can participate in the sweater drive!

http://www.syntrinity.org/synod/2017-mister-rogers-neighborhood-sweater-drive-running-through-dec-15/.

Listen to Mr. Fred Roger’s on Passages where stories of hope and inspiration get shared to provide light in an all to often dark and bleak world.