Thursday, October 3, 2013

Retiring the Neighborhood Archive Blog

Friends and neighbors, the blog portion of the Neighborhood Archive is being retired.

Over the past several months, traffic on the blog has been dwindling as comments on updates have redirected to Facebook, Twitter, and the Neighborhood Archive message board. More and more, I’m finding that the blog is becoming an unnecessary extra step in sharing new content.

I have restructured the main page of the Neighborhood Archive site to make current updates more clear and look forward to having every part of the Archive housed within one location. For those of you who receive updates through the blog via a feed reader, you can continue to do so by subscribing to the new Neighborhood Archive feed. Add the link below to your subscriptions and you will continue to receive regular updates as new content is added.

The Neighborhood Archive began as a blog so part of me hates to see it go – but in order to keep up with current trends in the most efficient way possible, I feel like this is the right decision.

Everything else will remain the same – Twitter, Facebook, the message board, and of course, regular updates to the Neighborhood Archive itself!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lessons From the Neighborhood

Another film is in the works -- this one by Dr. Judith A. Rubin who you may recognize from her multiple visits to the Neighborhood during its earliest years.

Lessons From the Neighborhood is set to premiere as part of a celebration of Fred Rogers at the upcoming Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City. It sounds like there are plans for a Kickstarter campaign to fund the DVD release of this film sometime in 2014.

Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mister Rogers Medley by Joe Negri

I'm guessing your day is about to be made.

Big thanks to Neil for the link.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

From Mister Rogers to the Gong Show

I was contacted today by Adam Nedeff -- a regular Neighborhood Archive reader and author of Quizmaster: The Life and Times and Fun and Games of Bill Cullen. Adam pointed out a very interesting detail he noticed in the credits for Tomorrow on the Children's Corner. Here is the text of Adam's email:
Wandering through your site today and I was looking at that page and I almost fell out of my chair in delight seeing the name "Milton Delugg" credited for orchestral direction on that album. 
Milton Delugg is 95 now and he's been working in television from the very beginning, and in fact, he's still working. In the 1950s, he was the bandleader for a variety show called The Bill Cullen Show and he also composed a piece called "Rollercoaster," which was used as the closing theme for What's My Line? 
His best-known credit of the 1960s was composing the title theme for a B-movie called Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, which developed a bit of a cult following after it was featured decades later on Mystery Science Theater 3000. 
His most famous credit of his career came in the 1970s, as the bandleader for The Gong Show. The show's orchestra was called Milton Delugg and the Band with a Thugg. He even had a few recurring characters on the show. He was one of "The Brothers Vert," who played music with the zippers on their pants, and he occasionally portrayed a Greek philosopher whose quotations were typically non-sensical. 
After The Gong Show ended, he became semi-retired, but from that point onward, he became charged every year with arranging the music for Macy's annual Thanksgiving Parade. He's still doing it today. 
So there you have it, there's one degree of separation between Mister Rogers and The Gong Show. I'm as shocked as you.
Read more about Milton DeLugg on Wikipedia and more about Tomorrow on the Children's Corner on the Neighborhood Archive. And, of course, check out Adam's book Quizmaster: The Life and Times and Fun and Games of Bill Cullen.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Handmade Finger Puppets

A while back, I came across these handmade Neighborhood of Make-Believe finger puppets on A full set of eight includes King Friday, Queen Sara, Prince Tuesday, X the Owl, Henrietta Pussycat, Daniel Striped Tiger, Lady Elaine Fairchilde, and the Neighborhood Trolley.

Of course, these bring to mind the various finger puppets that have been commercially available in the past -- specifically the ones produced by Ideal in the late 1970s and the plush incarnations from several years later. 

This set of finger puppets on etsy is terrifically creative and detailed. Unfortunately it comes with a pretty hefty price tag of $42.00 plus shipping costs. Still, I salute the creative mind behind these puppets for his/her talent and imagination! Well done, neighbor!