Last year, my (now) husband gifted me with two incredible items for Christmas: an engagement ring and a Mister Rogers mug.
“How am I ever going to top that?” he said.
“You mean the mug?” I asked.
Not that I don’t love the ring—but the mug is heat sensitive, causing Mister Rogers’ cardigan to change from blue to yellow as I pour my tea. It’s adorned with memorable phrases from his TV program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood:
“I like you just the way you are.”
“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine?”
“You can never go down the drain.”
“You always make each day a special day, by just you being you.”
(I also appreciate the advice on the bottom of the cup: “For best results, use other side.”)
Today marks 50 years since the first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which aired from 1968 to 2001 (895 episodes—you can watch the time pass in this video of his classic greeting over the years). On March 23, the US Postal Service will issue a Fred Rogers “forever” stamp. A biopic is in the works; Tom Hanks will play Fred.
I didn’t want to wait for the movie to find out more about Mister Rogers, so I did an investigation myself.
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