Pittsburgh Man Starts Petition Seeking To Rename Airport For Mister Rogers

Over 12,000 people have signed in favor of honoring the beloved children's show host.

A different kind of airport news circulated last week when Pittsburgh resident Ian Miller started a petition seeking to change the name of Pittsburgh International Airport to Fred Rogers International Airport in honor of the man best known to television audiences as "Mister Rogers."

Although the Change.org petition has already gathered over 12,000 signatures, airport officials seem skeptical that the requests will effect a name change. In an interview with USA Today, Pittsburgh airport spokesman Bob Kerlik conceded that although "Fred Rogers occupies a special place in the hearts of Pittsburghers and people around the world," the airport was committed to "continuing to advance 'Pittsburgh International Airport' as a global aviation leader."

Fred Rogers hosted the eponymously named children's television show from 1968 until 2001. He died of stomach cancer in 2003.

If you'd like to add your voice in support of a Mister Rogers International Airport, you can sign the petition here.

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