Letters to Fred Rogers

Fred was an avid letter writer. He maintained an active correspondence with friends, family, and colleagues, as well as with the many individual admirers, young and old, who reached out to him. More than just ordinary fan mail, many of these letters sought Fred’s comfort and support, which he generously gave. He took an interest in the people who wrote to him; their letters—and their lives—truly mattered to him. The Fred Rogers Company and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media continue to receive correspondence about Fred, attesting to the many lives he touched. Fred was also interested in the people who came to interview him. He would answer their questions, but asked many of his own, so that the interviewers became interviewees, and ended up sharing details of their lives with Fred. Often, the communication continued long after the interview was completed.

What Does Fred Rogers Mean To You?

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