Years ago I covered local television and the best part of that job was going to WQED-TV to see special tapings of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” or to perhaps talk with Fred Rogers.
Today would have been his 85th birthday, as Rob Owen reminded us in his Tuned In Journal and David Newell explains in a video shot today at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and posted on our site.
In case you haven’t made it to the 1968 exhibit at the History Center, a small salute to Mr. Rogers is another reason to go. One of his famous cardigan sweaters — blue — and a pair of his sneakers are preserved in a glass case along with other signs of the times, including a Mrs. Beasley doll (Buffy’s favorite on “Family Affair”), “Yellow Submarine” lunch box and image from “The Mod Squad.” There are also clips from TV shows and movies from that landmark year.
A figure of Fred Rogers on a version of his set, along with some of his puppets, are also on display. I went to the exhibit a few Saturdays ago and the TV part of it seemed to generate the most enthusiasm. We miss you, Mister Rogers.
Photos by Barbara Vancheri/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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