Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography



When I think of a lifetime of memories and one I know is shared by the children of Pittsburgh and across our country,  my mind wanders back to the time when I use to put on the local children’s TV program, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”,  for my daughter when she was a young child.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is an American children’s television series that was created and hosted by namesake Fred Rogers. The series had its US network debut in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 19, 1968, and was aired on NET and its successor, PBS, until August 31, 2001.  The series is aimed primarily at preschool ages 2 to 5, but has been stated by PBS as “appropriate for all ages”.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was characterized by its quiet simplicity and gentleness. Episodes consisted of Rogers speaking directly to the viewer about various issues, taking the viewer on tours of factories, demonstrating experiments, crafts, and music, and interacting with his friends. Rogers also made a point to simply behave naturally on camera rather than acting out a character, stating that “One of the greatest gifts you can give anybody is the gift of your honest self. He believed that kids could spot a phony a mile away.”  The half-hour episodes were punctuated by a puppet segment chronicling occurrences in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Rogers covered a broad range of topics over the years, and the series did not shy away from issues that other children’s programming avoided. In fact, Rogers endeared himself to many when, on March 23, 1970, he dealt with the death of one of his pet goldfish. The series also dealt with competition, divorce, and war. Rogers returned to the topic of anger regularly and focused on peaceful ways of dealing with angry feelings.  I believe that this programs planted many good memories in the minds of our young children.

Mr. Rogers takes rightful place at riverside tribute

On March of 2012, a beautiful day in the neighborhood, people gathered on the North Shore of Pittsburgh for the unveiling of a 7,000-pound tribute to the children’s television icon. The nearly 11-foot bronze statue of Mr. Rogers, surrounded by a circular walkway and framed by a keyhole opening in the old Manchester Bridge pier, is officially named the “Tribute to Children.”

NOTE:  The above information was taken from Wikipedia and

Pittsburgh’s icon, Fred Rogers’ images can also be found in wall murals in different locations around the city and  featured as a dinosaur,  holding two of his puppets, standing outside WQED, where his TV program was televised.  

Below and above are a few images I have photographed over the past two years.

This challenge is brought to us by the Island Traveler, and can be found on his site This Man’s Journey.  If you would like to participate, and I hope you will, or see other entries, please visit his site.




  1. Mr. Rogers…a legend for sure. Thank you Francine! 🙂

  2. “The series also dealt with competition, divorce, and war. Rogers returned to the topic of anger regularly and focused on peaceful ways of dealing with angry feelings.” This is my favorite line. I think anger is natural but sometimes, it’s difficult to control so we have to learn how to tame ourselves. It’s amazing to know that this program is for kids but the lessons are focused for all ages. Now, I’m thinking of downloading one of the episodes. Why didn’t my mother let me watch this when i was a kid..? haha
    Amazing post! 🙂

  3. “It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood.”

  4. What a great program we could do with more like that!

  5. He sounds like a wonderful man. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  6. How cool! Some people call me Mr. Rogers since I always say, “It’s so beautiful today” no matter the weather.

  7. i love this wonderful story of a man who spread love and understanding and peace through the neighborhood! a great post francine 😀

  8. I’m part of a generation that will never forget him.

  9. I grew up watching Mister Rogers, and so have my children, I had to record re-runs for my youngest daugher though, because the show no longer airs on PBS during regular hours. We all loved him and the peaceful way that he approached life and childhood. Thank you so much for this post. 🙂

  10. I’ve never come across Mr, Rogers before, but I love that sculpture, and his programmes sound like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing your memories, Francine.

  11. I love that bronze. you can see the twinkle in his eye!

  12. What a great take on the Island Traveller’s challenge this is, Francine. And what a good guy Mr. Rogers was. The only Mr. Rogers I was aware of was Roy, of “hi ho Silver” fame. Memories- I’m really showing my age now!

  13. If ever a man deserved a statue, surely Mr. Rogers is that man. He was one of a kind and his kids adored him.

  14. Loved the story of Mr Rogers, brought so much joy to so many ,thanks for your involvement Francine, never had anything like it here.


  15. Thanks Francine. Your post always brings about a positive value that we all can learn from. I wish I came across this amazing show growing up. Looks like it has so much to offer that would prepare a young optimistic mind when he/she grows up. This lesson is priceless, “One of the greatest gifts you can give anybody is the gift of your honest self.” We all need lots of honesty and integrity in todays world. Mr. Rogers and his work will always live through the people he inspired and continues to inspire.

  16. An ingenious take on the challenge Francine. Kids today could do with more programmes like Mr. Roger’s.

  17. This is simply a fabulous post! I grew up watching Mr. Rogers and what an inspiring person he was. So glad to see such nice tributes, both with the statue and with your posting. (The dinosaur is priceless.) Thanks for sharing.

  18. Going to have to go back and find a copy of that goldfish episode. I let my 5 year old watch Mr. Rogers on Hulu. He is such a legend. Thank you for this wonderful tribute. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

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