Mr. Rogers – An American Hero Fred Rogers, better known to millions of children as Mr. Rogers, is a true American hero. If you don’t believe me, ask your children and grandchildren! They know! The occasion of this post is the 1997 Emmy Award Ceremony. Mr. Rogers was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a happy change of pace both for the Awards Program and for the manner in which Fred Rogers accepted his award. Watch and be as impressed as I was.