Fred Rogers

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Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, and television host. Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001).

Rogers was well known for his gentle, soft-spoken personality and his directness to his audiences;[1] Over the course of his decades on television, he became an indelible American icon of children's entertainment and education, as well as a symbol of compassion, patience, and morality.[2] He was also known for his advocacy of various public causes. He testified to the U.S. Supreme Court on time shifting; and he gave a now-famous speech before the U.S. Senate, advocating government funding for children's television rather than the Vietnam War.[3]

On July 9, 2002, President George W. Bush awarded Fred Rogers the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, for his contributions to Children's Education. The President stated, "Fred Rogers has proven that television can soothe the soul and nurture the spirit and teach the very young".[4]

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Personal life

Fred McFeely Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 40 miles (65 km) southeast of Pittsburgh, to James and Nancy Rogers; he had one sister, Elaine Rogers Crozier.[5] Early in his life, he spent much of his free time with his maternal grandfather, Fred McFeely, who would later move to Florida, and had an interest in music. He would often sing along as his mother would play the piano and, at age five, began to play the piano as well.[6]

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