45 Years Ago -- Mister Rogers Addressed Congress

On May 1, 1969 Fred Rogers spoke before a Senate Commerce Committee asking for funds to grow a national public television system. The concept of a national non-commercial network was new at the time and Fred Rogers was unknown nationally. He spoke from his heart and made a very personal address which affected the committee; particularly Rhode Island Senator Pastore.

 

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