Known internationally for his television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the late Fred Rogers spent four years “in the neighborhood” at Rollins. A music composition major, he graduated from the College in 1951. While at Rollins, Rogers became inspired by the words “Life is for Service,” which are engraved in marble and adhered to the wall of the loggia near Strong Hall. One day, he photographed the plaque and carried that print in his wallet until friends had it enlarged and framed.
Originally from Latrobe, Pa., Rogers had planned a career as a minister, but after seeing a television show during Easter break of his senior year, he changed his mind. Hosted and directed by Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was the longest-running show in PBS history. After a 33-year run, the popular children’s show aired its final episode on August 31, 2001.
We bid farewell to our favorite neighbor on February 27, 2003.
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