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.
Me after watching he Mister Rogers Google doodle… pic.twitter.com/SRJOlGlVNa
— Margarita Hernandez (@Mhernandez287) September 21, 2018
Some remembered lessons they learned through the show.
Celebrating Mister Rogers #GoogleDoodle
He was a big part of my childhood, and always had good messages to send
'You make each day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you; and people can like you just the way you are.'
— Zai Husky (@ZaiShadowfang) September 21, 2018
Some watched the video over and over and over again.
Me after watching the Mister Rogers Google Doodle ten billion & 2 times. pic.twitter.com/lljkXaxQKi
— ︽✵︽ India🌙 but call me Indy🌙︽✵︽ (@SecrtlyMsMarvel) September 21, 2018
One person was glad they saw the doodle while in the comfort of their home. (I wish I could say the same.)
Glad I clicked on the Mister Rogers Google Doodle at home and not at work 😭😭😭
— Karen Bischer (@kbischer) September 21, 2018
Fred Rogers died in February 2003, at home with his wife Joanne at his side.