Anthony Breznican, a novelist and writer for Entertainment Weekly, recently took to Twitter this week to share his story of meeting Fred Rogers — known to most as Mister Rogers from the iconic children’s television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
We spoke to Breznican about that chance encounter and the online reaction to his story.
Growing up as one of Mister Rogers’ “neighbors,” Breznican said he carried with him Rogers’ lessons on kindness, love and helping others.
He was reminded of these teachings Monday night when a terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people and injured dozens of others. Followng the Manchester attack, Breznican tweeted about the time when the television personality helped him through a difficult time and how we could all stand to add a little more kindness in our lives.
Rogers worked at WQED-Pittsburgh, the first community-supported television station in the country. “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” ran from 1968 to 2001, and was designed to guide the emotional development of children aged two to five.
Years after Rogers’ death in 2003, lessons from his show are now immortalized on YouTube for today’s parents to show their children. A live stream of the hundreds of episodes also became available on Twitch.tv.