Mister Rogers’ Wife Reveals How His Message Of Love Affected An Unusual Aspect Of His Life

"He had enough love to go around."

A new documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor tells the story of Fred Rogers and Mister Rogers' Neighborhoodhighlighting all the important life lessons he so warmly presented to the world. 

To coincide with the film's release, Fred's wife Joanne Rogers spoke with Jimmy Fallon about his legacy and the significance to him of the number 143. 


"He really wanted to remain at 143 [pounds] all his life," Joanne explains. "All of his adult life. Especially after he started swimming ... he was very pleased when he would get out of swimming, go and get on the scale, [and see] 1-4-3." 

Joanne then goes on to explain that in Fred's eyes, the number 1 stood for "I," the number 4 stood for "l-o-v-e," and the number 3 represented "y-o-u."

"He had enough love to go around, too," she says.

After that, Joanne reminisces on how she and Fred met in college, how Fred was open about his feelings, and how the pair built a friendship as well as a marriage. "We had it for 50 years, so that was nice," she adds with a smile.

Fallon then talks about the documentary, pointing out that he never knew that Fred was a minister. 

"He was ordained as an evangelist to carry on the work that he was doing in television with families and children," Joanne says, talking the audience through the beginning of his career and how he took his mission to public television.

You can watch the full interview below and watch Won't You Be My Neighbor in theaters now.


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