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Google Doodle honors everyone’s neighbor, Mister Rogers

Posted: 6:29 AM, Sep 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-21 07:29:54-04

Google is honoring Mister Rogers with a special Google Doodle today.

If you open up the website, you may notice that the Google logo has been replaced with an animation of Mister Rogers on a television screen surrounded by children. Clicking on the doodle takes you to a special rendition of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

It is all to celebrate everyone’s neighbor, Fred Rogers. 51 years ago today, Mister Rogers taped the very first episode of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood.”

Mister Rogers became a national treasure with his signature sweater and inspirational messages that educated generations of young children with sensitivity, love, and honesty.

Mister Rogers was a champion of high standards for children’s programming. This was shown in his now famous testimony before Congress in 1969 advocating against proposed budget cuts to public television. The committee was so moved by his powerful request that the budget was actually increased for the following year.

Mister Rogers Neighborhood ended in 2000 but many PBS stations play re-runs of the family favorite.

Twitter users got pretty emotional upon seeing the tribute.

This person said what were were all thinking.

Some remembered lessons they learned through the show.

Some watched the video over and over and over again.

One person was glad they saw the doodle while in the comfort of their home. (I wish I could say the same.)

Fred Rogers died in February 2003, at home with his wife Joanne at his side.