(Meredith) – It’s hard to believe that the final episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired almost 20 years ago in 2001.
And it’s even harder to believe that Fred McFeely Rogers died 15 years ago, leaving behind big loafers to fill, a feat that no one has yet to accomplish.
To honor one of television's most beloved icons, the United States Postal Service announced a stamp featuring Mister Rogers would become available in March.
But a stamp is just one way we can remember Fred Rogers. Here are a few facts about him you might not know:
Fred Rogers was so much more than a TV icon. He also had a unique, gentle worldview, which can be seen in his quotes that still inspire all of us to try to make the world a better place.
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" - Fred Rogers
“Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” - Fred Rogers
"It's not so much what we have in this life that matters. It's what we do with what we have. The alphabet is fine, but it's what we do with it that matters most. Making words like "friend," and "love." That's what really matters." - Fred Rogers
"Nobody else can live the life you live. And even though no human being is perfect, we always have the chance to bring what's unique about us to live in a redeeming way." - Fred Rogers
Very frankly, I am opposed to people being programmed by others. My whole approach in broadcasting has always been 'You are an important person just the way you are. You can make healthy decisions.' Maybe I'm going on too long, but I just feel that anything that allows a person to be more active in the control of his or her life, in a healthy way, is important. - Fred Rogers' testimony to the U.S District Court in 1979.
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