16. He didn't keep a desk in his WQED Pittsburgh office.
He only had a sofa and armchairs.
Why? Because he thought a desk would create “too much of a barrier.”
17. He's going to on a stamp this year.
Mr. Rogers is scheduled to be featured on the U.S. postage stamp accompanied by King Friday XIII.
The stamp will be available starting on March 23, 2018.
18. He weighed 143 pounds for most of his adult life.
He considered 143 to be a very special number because it takes one letter to spell “I,” four to spell “love,” and three to spell “you.”
And if that’s not the most heartwarming thing you’ve read all day, I don’t know what could possibly top it. Except maybe this next fact.
19. He never appeared in commercials.
In 1984, Burger King created an ad parodying Mr. Rogers with a character named Mr. Rodney.
Mr. Rogers called a press conference and told the company he did not endorse the company’s use of his likeness or character. “I have never made a commercial,” he said. “My face has been on the air for about 30 years and I have never even appeared in a [television] auction because I feel strongly that young children need to be protected against those whom they trust not telling them things.”
Burger King apologized and pulled the ad.
20. Michael Keaton was a stagehand on Mister Roger's Neighborhood.
In 2004, Keaton hosted the PBS TV special Fred Rogers: America’s Favorite Neighbor.
“[He] was one of the nicest, authentically good people you’ve ever met,” Keaton said about Mr. Rogers. “Really good dude [with] kind of a sneaky, sly great sense of humor.”