Mister Rogers, His Old Man Sweaters and the Urban Legends That Died With Him.

I wonder if poor old Mister Rogers (Fred Rogers) was buried in one of his famous sweaters.  You remember him? He died in 2003. 

"It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood" 
Lyrics from the song. "Won't you be my Neighbor?"

He starred in the television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

I always thought there was something creepy about this old man "Mr. Rogers" The way he talked, his mannerisms and his sweaters.

He'd be coming home, walking in the front door, singing, What a lovely day in this neighborhood,   Undoing his old man sweater or cardigan as he minced over to the closet, taking it off and 
Hanging it up in the closet, on a hanger!

Everyday doing the same thing.

Who does that!

The guy was anal!

I've compiled a few things I bet you didn't know about Fred Rogers.

  • He fought to save public television back in 69' which resulted in more funding by the government.
  • His television career lasted 33 years on the air.
  • He was coloured blind.
  • A songwriter and piano player. He wrote all the songs for the show. 
  • He named the characters on the show after family members. 
  • A preacher, an ordained Presbyterian minister.
  • He learned and played golf with Arnold Palmer.
  • A vegetarian. Quoted as saying, "I don't want to eat anything that has a mother."

Okay here's the clincher...

  • His mother knitted all his sweaters!!!

That says something right there, doesn't it?

The old man's sweater or cardigan zip front

Sources have told me it's the zip front that gives it, the title:

"Old Man's Sweater"

There have been some urban legends going around about Mister Rogers.

All untrue and total Bull Shit*


  • That he was a Navy Seal Sniper during the Viet Nam War.  With many notches on his gun. False!
  • A convicted child molester. Started his career, after doing community service. Working with children. Which would explain the lack of children on the show. False!
  • Had large tattoos on his arms under his sweaters. False!

Where do people get these crazy ideas?

Dog Brindle

Do the lyrics sound a little strange? Sung by an older man singing to a child.

You decide...

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...

It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood,

A neighborly day for a beauty.

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?...

I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.

I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So, let's make the most of this beautiful day.

Since we're together we might as well say:

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?
Won't you please,
Won't you please?
Please won't you be my neighbor?          

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