WEEKLY IMAGE OF LIFE: A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES
MR. ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD
When I think of a lifetime of memories and one I know is shared by the children of Pittsburgh and across our country, my mind wanders back to the time when I use to put on the local children’s TV program, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”, for my daughter when she was a young child.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is an American children’s television series that was created and hosted by namesake Fred Rogers. The series had its US network debut in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 19, 1968, and was aired on NET and its successor, PBS, until August 31, 2001. The series is aimed primarily at preschool ages 2 to 5, but has been stated by PBS as “appropriate for all ages”.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was characterized by its quiet simplicity and gentleness. Episodes consisted of Rogers speaking directly to the viewer about various issues, taking the viewer on tours of factories, demonstrating experiments, crafts, and music, and interacting with his friends. Rogers also made a point to simply behave naturally on camera rather than acting out a character, stating that “One of the greatest gifts you can give anybody is the gift of your honest self. He believed that kids could spot a phony a mile away.” The half-hour episodes were punctuated by a puppet segment chronicling occurrences in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
Rogers covered a broad range of topics over the years, and the series did not shy away from issues that other children’s programming avoided. In fact, Rogers endeared himself to many when, on March 23, 1970, he dealt with the death of one of his pet goldfish. The series also dealt with competition, divorce, and war. Rogers returned to the topic of anger regularly and focused on peaceful ways of dealing with angry feelings. I believe that this programs planted many good memories in the minds of our young children.
Mr. Rogers takes rightful place at riverside tribute
On March of 2012, a beautiful day in the neighborhood, people gathered on the North Shore of Pittsburgh for the unveiling of a 7,000-pound tribute to the children’s television icon. The nearly 11-foot bronze statue of Mr. Rogers, surrounded by a circular walkway and framed by a keyhole opening in the old Manchester Bridge pier, is officially named the “Tribute to Children.”
NOTE: The above information was taken from Wikipedia and Post-Gazette.com
Pittsburgh’s icon, Fred Rogers’ images can also be found in wall murals in different locations around the city and featured as a dinosaur, holding two of his puppets, standing outside WQED, where his TV program was televised.
Below and above are a few images I have photographed over the past two years.
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BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!