“What the world needs now is love, sweet love; that’s the only thing that there’s just too little of…” That’s a song I loved during the 1960s, and I agreed with the sentiment.

After reading “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers” by Maxwell King, I am convinced that what the world needs now is Fred Rogers and more people on TV like Fred Rogers.

365体育投注Our three children were born while we were living on a farm with my parents in western North Dakota. Long before cable and a satellite dish came to our neighborhood, we had a TV antenna and three stations.

Fred Rogers was an early, and ardent supporter of quality children’s programming. He also believed quality children’s programming should be accessible to all. In no small part due to Fred Rogers’ testimony before the Senate in 1969, and his support of public television, one of those three TV stations was our local PBS station, Prairie Public Television. Thanks to PBS, our children were able to experience the dawn of both Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

365体育投注“The Good Neighbor” is the life and history of the work of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the preschool television series, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which ran from 1968-2001.

From a shy, sickly child who was protected by loving parents, to a beloved television icon, the story of Fred Rogers is truly all about love and caring.

Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Fred earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Rollins College in 1951. His career in public television began in 1953 when he worked for children’s programming at NET, Iater to become PBS.

Fred Rogers was many more things than his sweet television character portrays; he was a perfectionist who could drive his co-workers mad with retakes, and he was also staunchly conservative, and thrifty.

Although a registered Republican, he shied away from any discussion of partisan politics, and chose to focus instead on love, forgiveness and equality.

In his own quiet, deliberate way, Fred Rogers was also a revolutionary. A groundbreaking moment in television was when he and another character, an African American police officer, dunk their feet together in a small wading pool on a hot day on “Mister Rogers.”

365体育投注If you want to feel nurtured about the goodness of humanity, take the time to read “The Good Neighbor.”

At a time when the airways are filled with public figures who are shouters and screamers, flinging hate and expletives into the air with casual abandon, Fred Rogers was different. He knew the power of television, but he also knew of the susceptibility and vulnerability of children. Words matter. Fred Rogers reminds us of the things that are really important; the importance of caring for each other:

“When I was a boy, I used to think that strong meant having big muscles, great physical power, but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is not seen. Real strength has to do with helping others.”

Fred Rogers received over 40 honorary degrees and several awards, including the Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2002, for his many contributions to children’s educational programming.

365体育投注Mister Rogers died of stomach cancer on Feb. 27, 2003, at the age of 74. Thankfully, his legacy lives on; experience it with “The Good Neighbor.”