Twelve years ago today, on February 27th, 2003, the world lost an icon, a hero, a friend and a neighbor -- Fred Rogers, host of the classic TV series 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'! I would like to share a few words from my twelve year old daughter regarding Rogers and his effect on her young life:

“I remember everyday around the age of two at lunchtime I would run to my family's big box TV and watch 'Mister Rogers'. As I would turn on the television the screen would come to life with colors and singing. I still remember the good old song "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood," and he would walk in, zip up his jacket and zip it back down once more."

"I would always sing along and smile knowing he loved me just the way I am. I felt as if I knew him, like he was my best friend. Whenever he looked at the camera, I would feel a connection between me and his warm comforting eyes. I feel he inspired me to be the person I am today. I know he will always live in my heart, as I hope he does for you, too.”

These are such strong words and emotions from just one of many children who tuned in everyday to the PBS network show, 'Mister Roger’s Neighborhood'.  I remember the song, “You are Special,” from (1967).

Popular quotes from Rogers, ( from
“You make each day a special day. You know how, by just your being you. There’s only one person in this whole world like you. And people can like you exactly as you are.”

“It’s such a good feeling /To know you’re alive/It’s such a happy feeling/You’re growing inside/And when you wake up, ready to say/I think I’ll make a snappy new day.” (Snaps fingers twice)

His show depicted such a great message for kids and taught many life lessons,
“Wonder about things, Accept people as they are. Look and listen carefully. We all have feelings. Ask a lot of questions. Haircuts don’t hurt. Teach by example. Feed the fish. Share. Play. Love. Be yourself. Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from Mister Rogers.” (

In September 2012, PBS aired a new show, 'Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood' which was inspired by 'Mister Roger’s Neighborhood'. It features 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program’s Daniel Striped Tiger. The show is still playing today. (

Sneakers, sweaters, puppets, field trips, what is your favorite Mister Rogers memory?