Initially, the film revealed the reporter’s attempts to show a dark side of the compassionate and kind TV host. Still, as it progresses, there came an unexpected turn around in their relationship.
The journalist and his subject began to form a bond that changed the reporters’ views about life.
Years after the release of the Esquire story, Rogers and Junod continued to communicate through emails and letters. Without a doubt, Mister Rogers impacted lives through his educative and informative children’s program.
More Than A TV Host
Despite being a children program, his shows never side-lined complicated topics like racism, divorce and physical disabilities.
Not only did his program reveal the nitty-gritty of these topics, but it also helped to shape his audience’s perspective about each of them. Rogers was more than just a TV host; he was an influencer.
Just like every other famous personality before him, there are so many myths associated with Rogers.
Some of them include the myth that he was a sniper for the navy, and that he hid his tattoos by covering his arms with his trademark sweaters.
While these rumors could have affected any other person, nothing seems to move his faithful fans.
Instead, people have been more concerned about his brand of kindness and compassion.
Compassion immersed in his lifelong effort to create a show that was not only aimed at entertaining children but one aimed at guiding them during their formative years.
On several occasions, his shows featured on some documentaries including “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
Although the film was included as a shoo-in at the Oscars, everyone was surprised that it was snubbed. When the Los Angeles Times asked Joanne how she felt about the snub at Oscars, she stated that it was disappointing, but she handled it with a grain of salt.
Fred Rogers has not only lived to be a role model to other TV hosts, but he also lived as a model to his young audience.
Till date, his educative shows, correction and instruction keep serving as a light to the path of many.
She farther indicated that she is glad that they can concentrate and continue with the documentary’s initial purpose without compulsorily receiving acknowledgement from the Oscars.
Perhaps, there is no greater love for a TV host than being remembered years after his demise. There is no greater honor for a TV host than being recognized by new generations.
There is no greater achievement for a TV host than being remembered as one of the most entertaining and influential television hosts in history.
Fred Rogers, who was known for his ground-breaking children’s show, which addressed sensitive topics, set the pace for TV hosts to follow.