As Mister Rogers gets in on this whole Occupy Wall Street thing (you know, from Beyond), take a look back at the man's life and legacy through the eyes of Benjamin Wagner. The former MTV producer's life was changed when he met Fred Rogers, and he went on a quest to understand his mantra: “deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.” Wagner went on a journey traveling 4,000 miles across the country to meet people also touched by Rogers—the footage includes chats with Susan Stamberg, Linda Ellerbee, and the late Tim Russert.

Now his documentary, Mister Rogers and Me, which came out last year, is screening in New York. Get your tickets for the October 24th event right here, and in the meantime, revisit 1969, when Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications, to support funding for PBS. His speech is in response to significant cuts proposed by President Nixon.

And here's the trailer for Mister Rogers and Me: