The Mr. Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” hits theaters this weekend! To celebrate here are some fun facts about America’s favorite neighbor…
The first season was shot in black and white. He also sang a different song at the end of the early episodes called “Tomorrow“. The song “It’s Such a Good Feeling“ didn’t make its debut until season three.
He was red-green colorblind. Oddly enough, those were the two sweater colors he liked the most. He wore a bunch of different cardigans over the show’s 31 seasons. But he wore green the most, 74 times . . . and red 54 times.
He went to high school with Arnold Palmer.
They grew up in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Arnold was a year-and-a-half younger, but they knew each other. Mr. Rogers briefly took golf lessons from Arnie’s dad.
He weighed himself daily, and liked to stay at exactly 143 pounds.
He thought it was a healthy weight for him. And he REALLY liked the numbers in “143,” because, quote, “It takes one letter to say ‘I’, four letters to say ‘love’, and three letters to say ‘you.'”