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What Would Mr. Rogers Do On May 23rd?

He would start a year of kindness! Find out why and how you can join in.

Thursday is the 143rd day of the year. Not particularly remarkable to most. But if Fred Rodgers were still alive, it would be a special day for him. And now we're being asked to act like Mr. Rogers, to keep his memory alive by making our communities better places to live.

The numbers 1-4-3 had special meaning for Mr. Rogers and fans of his TV "neighborhood." The Latrobe, PA native, who filmed Mr. Rogers Neighborhood at WQED in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, regularly used 143 as his special code for "I Love You." There's one letter in I, four in love, and three in you."

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has declared Thursday 5/23 #143DayinPA, and is challenging everyone to share at least one act of kindness on that day and every day for the rest of the year. "Pennsylvania is a commonwealth founded in kindness, and I invite everyone to join me in finding small ways to make others happy on 1-4-3 Day," said Gov. Wolf.

For Fred Rogers, the numbers 1-4-3 were code for "I love you."

The state's website will be home to a "Kindness Generator" (click here) to provide inspiration, and a "Kindness Tracker" will tally good deeds and kind gestures Pennsylvanians do throughout the day. Residents are also urged to use #143DayInPA on social media to share and help spread the movement.

"A good deed could be as simple as holding a door open for a few people, bringing an extra cup of coffee for a co-worker, or offering your seat on the train, or bus," said Carrie Fisher Lepore, Pennsylvania's Deputy Secretary of Tourism.

"Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person." Fred Rogers

Schools, businesses and organizations have committed to activities sharing kindness in honor of 1-4-3 Day, including the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies.

So do something nice for someone else and be a part of PA's 1-4-3 Day on Sunday, and every day for the rest of the year!

Note: you can even walk in the footsteps of Fred Rogers along the Fred Rogers Trail. Go to to find stops in his hometown of Latrobe and in Pittsburgh, where he filmed his iconic television show.

(Images: The Fred Rogers Company)

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