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.
"I wonder if we might pledge ourselves to remember what life is really all about—not to be afraid that we’re less flashy than the next, not to worry that our influence is not that of a tornado, but rather that of a grain of sand in an oyster! Do we have that kind of patience?"MORE QUOTES