The fact he got into television at all is somewhat surprising. The first time he saw T.V. he hated it, because it was filled with so many angry people. He ultimately decided to devote his life to using this powerful medium to teach positive messages and make the world a better place.
He definitely helped make the world a better place. He taught children cute lessons such as why they shouldn't be afraid of haircuts. But he also didn't shy away from topics such as war and divorce. He wanted to be nice, but also honest to help them through tough times.
He also helped teach lessons subliminally. During the opening sequence of his show, you may have noticed that the stoplight was always yellow. That was to remind kids and parents to slow down a little.
He was also able to turn negatives into positives. He once had a marine biologist on the show to mic up the fish tank and show how the fish make noise when they eat. However, the fish weren't hungry that day. Instead of editing out the awkward segment, he left it as was, to teach the importance of being patient.
Mr. Rogers was a perfectionist. He was adamant that every line spoken on the show be scripted and delivered just so. He didn't like ad libbing, because he felt he owed it to his viewers to have every word be well thought out.
Mr. Rogers made all sorts of friends in his amazing life. One was Koko the famous, hyper-intelligent gorilla. Turns out Koko was a fan of watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. When Mr. Rogers met her she immediately gave him a big hug... then took off his shoes, as she had seen him do countless times onscreen.
Mr. Rogers is immortalized in our hearts, but he's also been formally immortalized. A piece from his iconic show is on display in the Smithsonian. What is it? What else, but one of his famous sweaters.
Speaking of those sweaters, each one held a special significance to him. Every one was hand knitted by his mother. The one he gave to the Smithsonian was red, and he chose that one because the cameras had a harder time picking up that color.
He obviously loved his mother, but he loved his fans just as much. He responded to every last person that took the time to write to him. He made it part of his morning routine that started at 5:00 AM every single day.
Mr. Rogers almost sounds too perfect. He wasn't, though. Even he could feel overwhelmed or anxious at times. To calm himself, he would play the theme song to his show on the piano. Also, he didn't curse. The worst word he would say to let off stress was "mercy."
Part of his routine was to check his weight every morning. He liked to weigh exactly 143 pounds. He accomplished this by going for daily swims and never drinking alcohol, smoking or eating the flesh of a living creature.
He liked his weight to be 143 pounds for a specific reason. It's because it takes one letter to say "I," four to say "love" and three to say "you." He was truly an extraordinary man who helped so many children in so many ways. He even helped adults in a very specific way as well.