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Fred Rogers

American television personality.

Born March 20th, 1928 in Latrobe.

Died February 27th, 2003 at 74 years old in Pittsburgh.

Christian minister, author, composer, educator, puppeteer, screenwriter, singer, songwriter, television actor, television presenter, television producer, theologian

Fred Rogers, the gentle host of public television's "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for more than 30 years, died of cancer on Feb. 27, 2003, at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 74. Rogers began his career as a puppeteer on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show "The Children's Hour" in the early 1950s. In 1954, he created "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for WQED in Pittsburgh. The show, which featured Rogers talking directly to his young viewers, was one of the first of its kind. Rogers won numerous awards over the years, including 14 Emmys and a Peabody. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2002. Rogers is survived by his wife, Joanne, and their two sons, James and John.

Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see. Helen Keller (Remember that Helen Keller was blind)