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The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Mister Rogers!

Tuesday would have been Mister Rogers’ 84th birthday. Here are some clips to celebrate our favorite neighbor. Our first video is from 1969, when Fred Rogers went before the Senate to plead for a $20 million grant for public broadcasting, which was in danger of being sliced in half. Watch him seal the deal. Here’s his intro [...]

Mister Rogers Visits the Toothpaste Factory

PBS has been running a “Like” Drive on Facebook, and releasing some classic content online as rewards for reaching milestones. Regardless of whether you “Like” PBS (in the Facebook sense of the term), you’ll love this weirdly calming Mister Rogers video in which he and Mr. McFeely do a sort of play-by-play watching how [...]

Mr. Rogers Sings “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Spanning 33 Years

In this simple video, we see Fred Rogers singing the iconic “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” theme some from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood over a span of 33 years. It’s touching to see his consistency and gentleness over so many decades. The show ended its run on August 31, 2001. Enjoy: (Via, via [...]

Look Who’s Back!

It’s been a few years since mental_floss co-founder Mangesh Hattikudur was actively involved in this site. In his official capacity as Vice President, Very Important Things, he was pulled in a dozen different directions every week. Plus he spent all that time bowling. But since we’ve got a few more hands on deck on the magazine [...]

Mr. Rogers and His Lifetime Achievement Emmy (Get Ready to Cry at Work)

In 1997, Fred Rogers was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Emmys. His acceptance speech is one of the most gentle, moving, humble and powerful statements I’ve seen in a long time. Even the way he accepts the award from Tim Robbins — in a gentle, curious manner, just standing back and calmly [...]

Mr. Rogers: The Crayon Factory

Remember when Mr. Rogers explained how Crayons were made? I have heard this Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood segment referenced by friends as a sort of touchstone of their youth, but I had never seen it until now. Interestingly, it looks like Mr. Rogers himself never actually went to the Crayola factory, but he does narrate the [...]