Mister Rogers Would’ve said: Scan My Photos For The Kids
TV Host Made A Lasting Impact On Generations
It was always a beautiful day in the neighborhood whenever Mister Rogers appeared on the tube. His easygoing manner made him a television personality loved by millions of children, who later turned their own kids onto his magic.
Although Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood didn’t feature fancy animation or graphics, the PBS show managed to capture the hearts of many generations. Because it was on television for so long, families could bond over memories of the host and his quirky cast of puppets and neighbors. Now, these pre-digital images exist online.
Have you ever asked yourself, Why scan my photos? Sites dedicated to this one man’s influence will answer that question.
Fred McFeely Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in 1928. He earned a college degree in music composition and, more than a decade later, a bachelor’s in divinity. He began his foray into children’s programming in 1954, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood came on the air in 1967.
Mister Rogers spoke directly to viewers and put them at ease. There were certain routines that he performed on every show, such as slipping on a cardigan and changing into tennis shoes. It was these simple, pedestrian acts that made the show familiar and comforting. He helped children overcome their fears and will forever be a trusted figure. His presence graced the TV screen for so long and on such a regular basis that he feels like a member of any family that watched him.
In 2003, Rogers died of stomach cancer at age 74. He left behind his wife, Joanne, who he had been married to for five decades, and two sons. Twelve days later after the passing, Ian McFeely Rogers was born; he would’ve been Rogers’ third grandson. Now, we would guess, he’s a fan and watching repeats of the show.
Ian is a prime example why it’s important to scan. My photos or yours, transferring old images into digital format allows them to live on for future generations such Rogers’ grandchildren to enjoy – just like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood still lives on in the memories of so many viewers.