1. This is Fred Rogers. You might have heard of him. He hosted a children's program called "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for over 30 years

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2. He was always full of sage advice, and though it was technically aimed at kids, his words resonate more and more as you grow up

 

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3. Trying not to tear up during the trailer of the new Mr. Rogers documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" is surprisingly hard



4. According to the man himself, Mister Rogers' famous zip-up sweaters were hand-knitted by his mother until she passed

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5. Countless people wrote Mister Rogers as kids, and many still have the letters that he wrote back to them

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6. If you haven't figured it out by now, this guy was kind of an all-star. Here he is hanging out with PBS mainstays Bill Nye, Julia Child and LeVar Burton

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7. You might have seen this old image of Fred Rogers gleefully "flipping off" the camera -- but make no mistake, this isn't a man being rude to his audience

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This was actually one bit of the song "Where is Thumbkin?" The song involves holding out each invidiual finger as the verses progress, but this one moment has been taken out of context and plastered all over the internet



8. Mister Rogers only grew wiser with age

15 Times Mister Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Who Ever Lived



9. One of his most famous, uplifting quotes has sadly grown more and more relevant as the years pass

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10. Mister Rogers has a special way of saying something to millions of people while making it feel like he's talking specifically to you

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11. In 1969, Fred Rogers went to congress and made an argument for the government to keep funding public broadcasting in the face of the costly war in Vietnam. The chairman in the hearing was so moved by Rogers' words that public television was funded for the full $20 million on the spot

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13. A statue of Fred Rogers now sits in Pittsburgh, where he began his public television career

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via Britt Reints

If any statue was going to be yarn-bombed, it had to be this one

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14. If you haven't seen it, this PBS-sanctioned Mister Rogers remix is catchy AND touching

15. After all these years, his life-affirming message has only gotten more powerful

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