Mr. Rogers’ 1969 Plea For PBS Funding

“If we, in public television, can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health.”

In 1969 Fred Rogers, better known as Mr. Rogers, was called to testify to Congress and explain why PBS deserved federal funding.

This video features his moving testimony that swayed a Senator who was unfamiliar with him in just six minutes. It’s worth a watch — especially since the state of federal funding for PBS is once again hanging in the balance these days.