Mr. Fred Rogers
'Neighborhood' Pitch to the US Senate
"My first children's program was on
WQED fifteen years ago,
and its budget was $30. Now, with the help of the Sears-Roebuck Foundation and
National Educational Television,
as well as all of the affiliated stations -- each station pays to show our
program. It's a unique kind of funding in educational television."
"And this is what I give. I give an expression of care every day to each child,
to help him realize that he is unique."
"I end the program by saying, "You've
made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the
whole world like you, and I like you, just the way you are."
"And I feel that
if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable
and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health."
"I think that it's much more dramatic that two men could be working out their
feelings of anger -- much more dramatic than showing something of gunfire."
constantly concerned about what our children are seeing, and for 15 years I
have tried in this country and Canada, to present what I feel is a meaningful
expression of care."
"I'm the host...And I do all the puppets and I write all the music, and I write
all the scripts."
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