How did Daniel Tiger get his name?
The night before "The Children's Corner" went on the air for the first time (April 1, 1954), WQED's General Manager Dorothy Daniel gave Fred Rogers a tiger puppet. That puppet immediately joined the show and was named in her honor.
This morning (June 6, 2011), Dorothy's neice, Dorothy Meredith Dobson, visited WQED and The Fred Rogers Company where she got to "reconnect" with her aunt's namesake.
Below is a video from The Children's Corner (original air date April 1954) when host Josie Carey introduces Daniel to her audience.