Fred Rogers

“I feel that if we, in public television, can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health.

I think that it’s much more dramatic that two men could be working out their feelings of anger—much more dramatic—than showing something of gunfire. I’m constantly concerned about what our children are seeing, and for 15 years I have tried in this country and Canada to present what I feel is a meaningful expression of care.”

—Fred Rogers, educator

Above: Fred Rogers appears before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon.

Extension of authorizations under the Public broadcasting act of 1967. Hearings, Ninety-first Congress, first session, on S. 1242 … April 30 and May 1, 1969, United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce. Subcommittee on Communications , Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1969; Y 4.C 73/2:91-5.


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