Fred Rogers Testifies Before Congress for Federal Funding for PBS on May 1, 1969

On May 1, 1969, Mr. Fred Rogers, then the host of the children's television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, testifies before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications in an attempt to secure $20 million in federal funding for PBS (Public Broadcasting Service). The chairman of the subcommittee, Senator John Pastore (D-RI), is not familiar with the children's show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and is at first abrasive toward Rogers. During the six minutes of testimony, Rogers gradually wins over Pastore, who is in awe and visibly moved by what he is hearing. Related Article: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: History vs. Hollywood

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