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Fred Rogers was the host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, a beloved American children’s show. Many dark and dramatic urban legends surround the man, but make no mistake; Rogers actually was as kind and wholesome as he appeared to be on television. However, there was something sad in his past, and he gave his all to overcome it.

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There’s a popular story that Rogers was a sniper for the Marines before turning to television, and that he recorded 150 kills in tattoo form on his arm. Later, he would cover up those marks by wearing a long sweater his mother made for him. It’s all an untrue legend, however, apart from the sweater part; his mother really did make his famous cardigans.

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