6. He was a private pilot.
However, contrary to popular belief, Mr. Rogers was never in the military. (For some reason, those rumors continue to make the rounds.)
He reportedly said that his brother George, who was a flight instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen, taught him how to fly.
7. He was color blind.
Red-green color blind, to be specific.
His television partner Josie Carey reports that Mr. Rogers’ colorblindness made it so he was unable to distinguish between tomato soup and pea soup when he had them for lunch, and that once he asked her to taste his soup and tell him which one it was.
8. He swam every morning.
But the cardigan and sneakers were nowhere to be found as part of this daily routine.
Apparently, he preferred to swim in the buff.
9. There's a very touching story behind his on-set fish.
Mr. Rogers once received a letter from a young girl who was blind and a fan of his show. She said that she worried about his fish because he didn’t always say when he fed them. From then on, Mr. Rogers would always announce when he fed his fishy friends.
10. His middle name was McFeely.
(Also his mother’s maiden name.)
Mr. McFeely isn’t the only Mister Roger’s Neighborhood character named after a real person, though. Mr. Rogers named Queen Sara Saturday after his wife and Lady Elaine Fairchilde after his sister.
And speaking of the many characters in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe…