Mr. Rogers greets sleeping baby © Author Adventures

Fred Rogers, America’s Favorite PBS Guy

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe both honor the life and works of author and PBS icon Fred Rogers (1928-2003).

Read about the popular television personality here:  https://www.fredrogerscenter.org/about-fred.

When I met Mr. Rogers at a special event, along with my sleeping infant (see photo, this page), someone there took a snapshot with their camera and gave it to me a short time later. Mr. Rogers seemed to like our little one and asked, “Would you send me a copy of that picture? Just mail it to ‘Mr. Rogers, Pittsburgh, PA’ and it will get to me. I get a lot of mail sent to that address. It’s like Santa. You don’t need any more for the address than that.” (We met when he was attending a celebration of his sidewalk star being inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.)

Given the choice, I would still rather be in the company of Mr. Rogers than Santa. Visiting these centers will give you a chance to see why this author was so important.

“When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.” –Fred Rogers

His Writings and Recordings

Find a list of books by Mr. Rogers here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/authorpage/fred-rogers.html.

His audio recordings can be found here: https://www.discogs.com/artist/1387039-Mister-Rogers and his videos are here: https://pbskids.org/video/mister-rogers.

On our Pennsylvania Author Adventures Trail, the Fred Rogers Center in Latrobe is the eighth stop, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is the ninth.

Patricia Smart