Fred Rogers tapes a public service announcement in front of the neighborhood trolley at Idlewild Park in Ligonier, Pa., Aug. 8, 2000. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
(Meredith) — Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear sweaters and loafers, and Mr. Rogers was that hero.
Generations have grown up watching “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” but if President Nixon would have had his way, funding for public television would have been slashed in 1969. That means no one would have ever heard “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”
However, Fred Rogers single-handedly saved public access television in a short six-minute speech. Check out the video below.