Mr. Fred Rogers

Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Address at the 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Ceremony

delivered 21 May 1997, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY


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Oh, it's a beautiful night in this neighborhood.

So many people have helped me to come to this night. Some of you are here. Some are far away. Some are even in heaven.

All of us have special ones who have loved us into being.

Would you just take along with me 10 seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are -- those who have cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life?

Ten seconds of silence.

I'll watch the time.

[silence observed]

Whomever you've been thinking about -- how pleased they must be to know the difference you feel they've made. You know, they're the kind of people television does well to offer our world.

Special thanks to my family and friends, and to my co-workers in Public Broadcasting [Service], Family Communications, and this Academy for encouraging me, allowing me all these years to be your neighbor.

May God be with you.

Thank you very much.

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