Mr Rogers Forever stamp was issued on Friday.
(U. S. Postal Service via AP)
The U. S. Postal Service released a stamp in honor of Mr. Rogers on Friday, the beloved children’s TV host whose show is spread out over dozens of years.
The stamp, unveiled during a ceremony at the studio in Pittsburgh, where “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” was filmed, gives Fred Rogers in his standard vest, together with his puppet show, the King on Friday.
The PBS show spanned generations of children and the relationship between 1968 and 2001. Rogers died at age 74 in 2003.
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Roger’s widow, Joanne, attended the event and said it was “love at first sight” when she saw the stamp.
Fred Rogers wife, Joanne Rogers, shares a laugh with friends in front of a giant Mister Rogers Forever Stamp after the first-day-of-issue dedication in WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio in Pittsburgh on Friday.
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“I thought it was so beautiful. I find it so fun,” she said.
David Smith, who played the role of Mr. McFeely, the deliveryman on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” was also present.
Also inscribed on the seal are the words “Forever united states,” Postmaster general Megan Brennan said were the postal service “in a manner of speaking, Mr. Rogers is the best of America and will always be.”
“He shaped generations with his kindness and compassion,” she said.
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Paul Siefken, president and CEO of the Fred Rogers Company, said that he could not think of “a better tribute to Fred and his legacy.”
Actor Tom Hanks is set to portray Rogers in a upcoming film with the title “You Are My Friend,” Variety reported in January. The film will reportedly depict the relationship between Rogers and Tom Junod, a journalist, who was tasked with writing a story about the TV host.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.