In the midst of a renewed interest in America’s most beloved children’s television host, few critics have taken the time to examine the college years of our most beloved alumnus, Fred Rogers ’51 ’74H. In a recent essay in The Paris Review, writer Chantel Tattoli ’09 explores the role Rollins College and Central Florida played in Rogers’ life and legacy.
Though Rogers was perceived to be apolitical for most of his life, “The Radical Mister Rogers” looks at his time at Rollins in the context of his quiet—yet deeply present—penchant for activism.
Tattoli is a freelance journalist living in Paris. She has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, VanityFair.com, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Orion and is at work on a cultural biography of Copenhagen’s statue of the Little Mermaid.