Thursday, August 31, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for August 31

 Mr. Rogers aired his last show on August 31, 2001.

Final Episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood

The Rev. Fred Rogers had his start on TV beginning in 1953
as a puppeteer for the show, The Children’s Corner which aired on the Pittsburgh public station, WQED. It is there that
he learned that wearing sneakers on the set was much quieter than his regular dress shoes. In 1963, Rogers moved to Toronto, Ontario to work on the CBC show, Misterogers, where he appeared in front of the camera and he acquired familiar set pieces such as a trolley and a castle. In 1966, Rogers moved back to WQED to create the regional show, Mister Rogers Neighborhood. The show was a hit, but was cancelled in 1967 due to a lack of funds. However, The Sears Roebuck Foundation came through with funding that allowed the program to be seen nationwide. The show continued until 1976. Then the crew started up the show once again to run from 1979 to this day in 2001.

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