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Remembering Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was a children's television show that first aired on PBS on February 19, 1968.  The show, which was created and hosted by Mr. Fred Rogers, is the second longest running series on PBS, with the longest running series being Sesame Street.

Not only did Mr. Rogers talk with children about real-life issues, such as sharing and playing nicely, there was also an imaginary world called "Neighborhood of Make Believe".  Some of the imaginary friends included:  Ana Platypus, Collette, Donkey Hodie, and Mr. Duckbill Platypus.  Many of the pretend characters were voiced by Mr. Rogers including Cornflake S. Pecially, Edgar Cooke, and Mrs. Frogg.

The Mr. Rogers studio, which was renamed Fred Rogers Studio is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The music, which was also a big part of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, was mostly arranged by Johnny Costa.  The songs were sung by Mr. Rogers.

Mr. Fred Rogers passed away in 2003, but can be remembered through the DVD's that are currently available.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood:  A Day At The Circus

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood:  What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel

Although PBS stopped airing re-runs of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, children in Boston and everywhere else can learn about Mister Rogers on the internet by going to PBS Kids, as well as, checking out some of the toys available on Amazon, including the Neighborhood Trolley.

So on February 19, "Won't You Be My Neighbor" and celebrate Mr. Rogers.  

Additional reading:

Mr. Rogers on PBS

Mr. Rogers on Wikipedia

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