He went into television because he wanted to make it better. “I went into television because I hated it so, and I thought there’s some way of using this fabulous instrument to nurture those who would watch and listen,” he said.
http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/The-412/June-2013/Watch-Fred-Rogers-Emmy-Acceptance-Speech-Because-We-All-Need-It/ Source: www.pittsburghmagazine.com
Before he had his own show, Mr. Rogers worked at a local Pittsburgh public television station on a local children’s show “The Children’s Corner” as a puppeteer.
http://imgkid.com/mr-rogers-castle.shtml Source: galleryhip.com
He was red-green colorblind.
http://latrobeartcenter.org/calendar/annual-events/juried-exhibition/ Source: latrobeartcenter.org
Mr. Rogers swam every morning in the buff.
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/beach/swim-intro/swim-location-hk/swim-address-wch.html Source: www.lcsd.gov.hk
He didn’t smoke or drink.
http://imgkid.com/smoking-and-drinking-is-injurious-to-health-logo.shtml Source: imgkid.com
Mr. Rogers was a vegetarian. “I don’t want to eat anything that has a mother,” he said.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetarianism Source: Wikipedia
Contrary to rumors, he never served in the military.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt1yTEt414Y Source: YouTube
Mr. Rogers was married to the same woman for 51 years. Her name was Sara Joanne Byrd.
http://uproxx.com/tv/2013/04/a-comforting-face-in-times-of-tragedy-20-things-you-might-not-know-about-mr-rogers/ Source: uproxx.com
He began wearing his trademark sneakers when he was working at WQED on the show “The Children’s Corner.” He found them to be a lot quieter than other shoes for moving around the set.