After a long career as the host of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers was often asked in interviews what his most cherished memory of the show was. His answer? A conversation he had with a young boy in a wheelchair named Jeffrey Erlanger. It was unscripted, and as Mr. Rogers himself would say, “so authentic, just a conversation between two people who care about each other."
Which is why, when Jeff turned up as a surprise host during Fred Rogers’ induction into the Television Hall of Fame, The warm-hearted man’s reaction to seeing him on stage brought literally the entire audience to tears of joy. The celebrated children’s television icon followed up that tender moment with a lovely speech on how to use television for good.