I’m not sure I watched Mr. Rogers Neighborhood as a child. I remember cartoons and The Three Stooges. Educational programming wasn’t a thing yet. I have two sisters, almost a decade younger, though. I do remember watching Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers at a time when I was probably not their targeted demographic. Hey, all the better. I remember enjoying and being even a bit confused by Mister Rogers. I didnt even appreciate that he voiced all the puppet characters, something that seems obvious to me today. And I really never followed the plot of the puppet shows. Even today I can’t remember any of the plotlines though I remember the characters well. Perhaps it was inscrutable, even to an older child, but it did keep my attention for years. A good article from the Atlantic on Mr Rogers.
I first met him 21 years ago, and now our relationship is the subject of a new movie. He’s never been more revered—or more misunderstood.