Google Doodles Honors Mister Rogers

Lula Sharp
September 22, 2018

Friday marks the 51st anniversary of the filming of the first episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (which actually didn't begin airing until a year later 1968).

Fittingly, Google notes how music was Fred Rogers' first love; the Latrobe, Pennsylvania, native studied music composition at Rollins College and would go on to compose more than 200 songs and a dozen children's operas.

Google collaborated with Fred Rogers Productions, The Fred Rogers Center, and BixPix Entertainment on the almost 2-minute video.

"I'm so thrilled that Google is celebrating Fred and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with this charming tribute", Rogers' wife Joanne said in a statement, per Forbes.

Rogers used the show as a vehicle to bring joy and teach important life lessons to millions of children.

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Through the magic of a fairly nascent technology called television, he took preschool-age children on factory tours, met with people in the neighborhood to talk about their jobs, and even visited the set of the TV show The Incredible Hulk (disclosure: The Hulk appeared on CBS, which owns CNET).

If you are someone who grew up on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a kid, this image will be a fond reminder. Through the video, Mister Rogers sings his favorite tune, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" before ending with a familiar message.

Rogers also continues to be honored by the television and film industry for his award-winning show.

You can catch Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS Kids (check your local listings); Would You Be My Neighbor documentary is now available for streaming or home video.

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