Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mr. Rogers Comes To Washington

Fred Rogers, creator and host of the longtime children's television landmark Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, is most closely associated with Pittsburgh, where he produced 886 episodes of his program at local PBS station WQED over a period of more than 30 years. 
He made two very significant visits to Washington, D.C., however, one near the beginning of his career, and the second towards the end of his life.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiered nationally on February 19, 1968 on National Educational Television (NET), the precursor to PBS. 
Just over a year later, Rogers traveled to Washington, D.C. to defend funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which had been established by an act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Johnson on November 7, 1967.
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