The Man Behind Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood


1. Some Not So Friendly Neighbors

It’s no coincidence that Fred Rogers taught kids about kindness and gentility on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood — his own childhood was actually quite fraught. According to a real-life neighbor of Rogers’, he was on the receiving end of some seriously hurtful bullying by his peers.

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Rogers was shy and overweight when he was young, and in the eyes of some mean-spirited kids, perfect fodder for bullying. Rogers explained, “I used to cry to myself when I was alone. And I would cry through my fingers and make up songs on the piano.” But it was this experience with bullying that led him to seek out the “essential invisible” within everyone.