How Mister Rogers Created Daniel Tiger

On April 5th, 1954, Daniel Tiger appeared for the first time on the first episode of "The Children's Corner." Originally, a bird was supposed to come out of the clock that was drawn on the set wall. The night before, WQED Station Manager Dorothy Daniel presented Fred Rogers with a tiger puppet as a gift at the program's launch party. He decided to use the tiger puppet instead of the bird and named the puppet Daniel, after the person who gave him the gift.

 

 

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