Joanne Rogers, who died on January 14, 92 for many years, the millions of children and youth who grew up watching her husband Fred on the show “Mister Rogers’. Neighborhood. ”A famous show aired on public television from 1968 to 2001, however, they know the puppet she inspired – Queen Sara Saturday, a gentle and gentle influence on the sometimes bragging King Friday XIII.
King Friday has a slight resemblance to her husband, who voiced all the puppets in his show, Daniel Striped Tiger, with his deep feelings and gentleness: “Real Fred,”; Mrs. Rogers.
Mrs. Rogers worked for her husband’s “The Children’s Corner,” which preceded “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” published on Pittsburgh’s public television. She shares his love of music – being a concert pianist, she is said to be a better musician, even though he’s a good guy – and humbly says she leads. “The bright side of life comes to him a little more.”
But she considered her the most active role in the neighborhood long after he moved and after his death in 2003 of stomach cancer.
In recent years, Fred Rogers has inspired what is often described as “A Moment” with the release of two films about his life and the appearance of what at times appears to be the collective desire for good that hardly meets the world.
Mrs. Rogers appeared in “Can You Be My Neighbor” (2018), a documentary directed by Morgan Neville. She was thrilled when actor Tom Hanks was chosen to portray her husband in the drama “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (2019) and spent most of her time on the set of a cameo in the final product (the actor). The woman Maryann Plunkett portrayed her in the film.)
When she became a celebrity in her own right, Mrs. Rogers was delighted to be appreciated by her husband with his incompatible sense of humor. (She told the Los Angeles Times that he has the joy of making her fun at boring public events, intentionally letting gas), but her main role is confirmation for everyone who loves Mr. Roger, from a distance, said he was the same Fred Rogers she once loved so close.
Sara Joanne Byrd was born in Jacksonville, Florida on March 9, 1928, 11 days before her future husband was born into a wealthy family in Latrobe, Pa., East of Pittsburgh. Berg The pair were just kids, Joanne – she would have left her own name, finding it too luxurious, and of course, Fred Rogers found it fit for his puppet queen – growing up in a less affluent home. very But there is so much love
Her father worked as a teacher, a traveling coffee salesman in the wake of depression, and later as a postal worker. He traverses south by train. Mrs. Rogers tells Maxwell King, Fred Roger’s biographer “The Good Neighbor” (2018), throwing a mail bag from a tram while the train. Resounded throughout the city
Her mother, a housewife, loved music and encouraged Mrs. Rogers to become interested in the piano. The turning point in her life came early when she was five: a neighborhood friend introduced her to a piano teacher who would give her lessons 13 years later, Mrs. Rogers remembers. Her mother sat near her at the keyboard while she rehearsed the show engaging with the prospective child, the philosophy of Fred Rogers.
“She didn’t read music,” Mrs. Rogers told King, but “she’d be sitting on the piano with me all the time I’m practicing, and it’s wonderful because I’m not alone. I can’t say enough about it for young children and music that if their parents can spend time with them it will make it less lonely. ”
Fred Rogers was fond of music from a young age. Just before Fred King’s 10th birthday was written, his mother’s grandmother agreed to buy him a piano and didn’t flinch when Fred, after trying all the models at the Steinway & Sons store in Pittsburgh, chose a grand concert in 1920, the price was roughly $ 3,000, equivalent to more than $ 50,000 in current currency. Rogers kept the piano, which represents his grandmother’s early faith in him for the rest of his life.
Joanne and Fred met at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Where she received a scholarship to study music, and he moved from Dartmouth College.She enjoyed classical music as he enjoyed improvisation and jazz. They become good friends with limited dating, siblings and club dancing. (Fred, she said to be a great dancer.) He was deeply self-conscious about the wealth of his family and perhaps drawn toward her, she told King because she was not “extravagant”.
Mrs. Rogers graduated in 1950 Fred the following year. She continued her studies at Florida State University, where she studied with the famous Hungarian composer Ernst Von Dohnani and received her master’s degree in 1952.
By that time Fred moved to New York for an internship at NBC. He offered a letter to Joanne, and she called on the payphone to accept. The couple married in 1952 in New York.They later moved to Pittsburgh where they raised two sons, Jim Rogers and John Rogers, who survived with three grandchildren.
Mrs. Rogers teaches the piano to both beginners and more experienced musicians. Later in life, she performed concerts with her friend Jeannine Morrison from Rollins, where she performed two recordings, “A Virtuoso Duo-Piano Showcase” (1995) and “Duo-Piano Favorites” (1997).
Mrs. Rogers also plays the piano with her husband, although personally. “Music means a lot to both of us,” she said in TEDx Talk. “We have that in common, and we often say people live their lives. Without music? “
After her husband’s death, Mrs. Rogers sought to carry on his legacy through non-profit organizations such as Fred Rogers Productions and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. This has been confirmed by David Newell as Mr. McFeely, the man of “Speedy Delivery” of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and a longtime friend. The cause cannot be used immediately.
Especially after two films about her husband’s release, she still has a very busy promotion schedule. She opposes portraying him as a saint.
“I think he’s the perfect human being,” she said in an interview with ABC News in 2019, “or imperfect human, I should say.”
In 2019, when NBC reporters inquired about it, she announced that her husband would be “shocked” by the ruthlessness, even the brutality of the political climate. But most of the time, she tries to keep his message alive, as she described as “charming goodness”.
“I didn’t mean to sound bragging. But he was my icon before he was anyone else, ”she wrote in the foreword in“ The World, according to Mister Rogers ”(2003).“ Being a Mrs. Fred Rogers is the most amazing life I can imagine. have”
She doesn’t like fancy accessories. But wears the ring her husband gave her, designed to resemble the castle ramparts. It was a tribute to her and Queen Sara.