TriviaTuesday: It was 51 years ago today, February 19, 1968, that “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (initially “Misteroger’s Neighborhood”), featuring the beloved Fred Rogers, made its nationwide television debut in black-and-white. It eventually would become one of the most popular and revered programs on Public Broadcasting Service. Here’s today’s trivia question:
Which puppet on the show was named after Mister Rogers’s wife?
According to “The Good Neighbor -- The Life and Work of Fred Rogers” by Maxwell King, the puppet, Queen Sara, was “named for Rogers’s wife, whose full name is Sara Joanne Byrd Rogers…” Also known as Queen Sara Saturday, the character is “as reasonable and even-keeled as her husband (King Friday XIII) is not. She is thoughtful and caring in ways reminiscent of Rogers’s mother and his wife…”
In the above photo Queen Sara is the middle character on Mr. Rogers’s right. The photograph was made available on Google.