I can’t imagine anyone else on television whom children have better related with and responded to than Mister Rogers. He always made us feel important and special, and safe. He was also a die hard supporter of the arts and educational television for children. Mr. Rogers was a Presbyterian minister and accomplished musician and pianist. He wrote all of the songs on the show, and always had a song or a special message for kids for just about every topic imaginable, including hard ones like divorce and death.
As a child, I remember watching his show on TV and really believing that he actually thought that I, little Daniel, was special, and that he really liked me just the way I was, and that I made the day special, just by my being me. Who can do that these days? When I learned that he was also a musician and actually wrote the songs that he sang, I was hooked.
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