Google's newest Doodle celebrates Mister Rogers Neighborhood'

Angelo Anderson
September 22, 2018

Like the opening of hundreds of Mister Rogers episodes, the Doodle begins with a group of young children gathered around the TV, watching as a trolley transverses a model of Mister Rogers' neighborhood.

The episode would debut on PBS, then the National Education Television network, on February 19, 1968.

Fans on Friday awoke to a Google Doodle marking the 51st anniversary of the filming of the first episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood".

To celebrate the historic taping, Google teamed up with Fred Rogers Productions, The Fred Rogers Center and BixPix Entertainment to create a memorable, stop-motion, Google doodle that will appear on the search engine's homepage all day Friday.

Rogers passed away in 2003 but his legacy has garnered new interest in recent years, sparking new projects such as the 2018 documentary film Won't You Be My Neighbor? from director Morgan Neville about his life and legacy. In a claymation presentation reminiscent of another 1960s children's show, Davey and Goliath, Mister Rogers greets friends along the way with smiles and invitations to educational adventures.

Fittingly, Google notes how music was Fred Rogers' first love; the Latrobe, Pennsylvania, native studied music composition at Rollins College and would go on to compose more than 200 songs and a dozen children's operas. "You help to make each day a special day by just your being yourself", he says. "There's nobody in the whole world who's exactly like you and people can like you exactly as you are".

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