In 1997, Fred McFeely Rogers, best known as Mr. Rogers from PBS' "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," was presented with a lifetime achievement award by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work on the show, which ran from 1968 to 2001.
Rogers was a soft-spoken, gentle man, and his peaceful demeanor in his graceful acceptance speech moved many audience members to tears.
In it, he shows his humility and gratitude, and encourages others to seek the same as they pursue their careers.
Such words of wisdom.
From the video transcription:
"So many people have helped me to come here to this night. Some of you are here, some are far away and some are even in Heaven.
All of us have special ones who loved us into being.
Would you just take, along with me, 10 seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are, those who cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life."
"10 seconds of silence. I'll watch the time. "
"Whomever you've been thinking about, how pleased they must be to know the difference you feel they have made. You know they're kind of people television does well to offer our world.
Special thanks to my family, my friends, and my co-workers in Public Broadcasting and Family Communications, and to this Academy for encouraging me, allowing me, all these years to be your neighbor. May God be with you. Thank you very much."
Mr. Rogers died 12 years ago on February 27, 2003 at 74 years old, but his reminder to be thankful lives on.
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