Happy birthday, Daniel Tiger! Watch our favorite little tiger puppet make his April 5, 1954 TV debut on WQED’s “The Children’s Corner” in the video below.
According to The Fred Rogers’ Company, “Originally, a bird was supposed to come out of the clock that was drawn on the set wall. The night before, WQED Pittsburgh Station Manager Dorothy Daniel presented Fred Rogers with a tiger puppet as a gift at the program’s launch party. He decided to use the tiger puppet instead of the bird and named the puppet Daniel, after the person who gave him the gift.”
Since then, Daniel’s been helping educate, entertain and comfort generations of children on Wisconsin Public Television and PBS through Mister Rogers Neighborhood and now Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Ugga Mugga, Daniel. We love you!
Of course, Daniel Tiger and Mister Rogers are just part of the strong educational legacy of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio. Join us all this year as we celebrate landmarks like this from our first 100 years. Explore our history and share your story of how public broadcasting has impacted your life online now at wpt.org/100.
Happy Birthday, Daniel Tiger!
Happy Birthday, Daniel Tiger!
On April 5th, 1954, Daniel Tiger appeared for the first time on the first episode of “The Children’s Corner.” Originally, a bird was supposed to come out of the clock that was drawn on the set wall. The night before, WQED Pittsburgh Station Manager Dorothy Daniel presented Fred Rogers with a tiger puppet as a gift at the program’s launch party. He decided to use the tiger puppet instead of the bird and named the puppet Daniel, after the person who gave him the gift.
Posted by The Fred Rogers Company on Wednesday, April 5, 2017
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
– An important quote from Fred Rogers on a day like today when the news is filled with tragic video and images.
Find resources on helping kids cope with, process and understand tragic events in the news at this link from our friends at the Fred Rogers Company.
Our public broadcasting colleagues over at NPR recently compiled 300 of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever and we quickly took note that a handful of PBS favorites made the list. Whether you’re a new graduate – “no longer tadpoles” as Kermit the Frog would say – or simply find inspiration with each commencement season, I invite you to browse the list and find your own favorites.
Read quotes from Ken Burns, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Fred Rogers.
As we all cope with the horrible news coming out of the tragic Newtown, Conn. school shooting this morning, here are some tips and advice from Fred Rogers Company for talking with children about scary events in the news. The advice eases young minds who are looking for reassurance about their well-being, answers questions about scary images they are seeing on television and helps them feel more secure in an uncertain time.
Much of this advice will be helpful for kids and adults looking for some kind of comfort in the wake of a senseless tragedy.
For parents looking for news updates on the developments coming out of Connecticut, please visit the PBS NewsHour homepage and tune in at 6 p.m. for the show’s nightly broadcast.