Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
Early Years in Television
In college, Fred concentrated on music. His wife, Joanne, who attended Rollins College with him, remembers his exceptional talent:
He sat right down and started playing some pop stuff. And we were so impressed, because none of us could do that … we couldn’t just sit down and play jazz. And he could. He could do it all. So we were very impressed, and … he was fun.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Beyond
After a little more than a decade working in children’s television, Fred’s reputation as a champion of high standards—for children’s programming and for television in general—was well established. It was highlighted by his now-famous testimony before Congress in 1969, in which he brought flinty politicians and the rest of the audience to tears with his simple, genuine, and powerful plea for better television.