The Canadian origin story behind Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Junlei Li, co-director of the Fred Rogers Center, takes us through the story of Mister Rogers' Canadian roots.
(Fred Rogers Company)
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Fred Rogers dedicated his entire life and career to being kind. In the early 1960s, he appeared for the first time, on camera, in a CBC children's program called Misterogers — an early Canadian prototype for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

In this q origin story, Junlei Li, co-director of the Fred Rogers Center, takes us through the story of Mister Rogers' Canadian roots. This week, a new documentary comes out about Rogers' life, called Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Produced by Elaine Chau


Ernie Coombs, better known as Mr. Dressup, was one of the puppeteers on the original Misterogers show on CBC. (Fred Rogers Company)

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