In this speech Fred Rogers mentions Helen Ross, one of his mentors. She consulted with Fred on his projects beyond the production of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Helen was an educator who had studied psychoanalysis with Anna Freud. Helen supported Fred’s work because she understood the value of teaching through television. Fred felt that Helen accepted him just as he was.
He visited her before her death and told the story of their last meeting in many of his speeches. He quoted Helen as saying, “That’s what it’s about, isn’t it? Love is what it’s all about.”