Pennsylvania plans day of kind acts to honor Mister Rogers
In this May 27, 1993 file photo Fred Rogers pauses during a taping of his show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
(Harrisburg) — Pennsylvanians will be encouraged to exhibit acts of kindness later this month in honor of beloved PBS children’s show host Fred Rogers.
Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday said the state’s website will collect stories of good deeds and kind gestures on May 23 for “1-4-3 Day,” named for Mister Rogers’ favorite number.
Rogers used the number 143 to say “I love you,” as each digit reflects the number of letters in a word in the phrase.
May 23 is the 143rd day of the year.
The Fred Rogers Trail highlights locations in his hometown of Latrobe and in Pittsburgh, where “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was produced. The show aired from 1968 to 2001.
Rogers, an ordained minister, is buried at Latrobe Presbyterian Church. He died in 2003 at age 74.