This past fall, I was saddened to learn that PBS has pulled Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from its regular programming, essentially ending an era of invaluable childrens' television. While there are indeed efforts being made to Save Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, I felt that my idea for an archival site dedicated to Mister Rogers could never be more appropriate than it is right now. Becoming a father for the first time this past spring, I hope that my daughter is able to grow up knowing Mister Rogers and learning from visits to his neighborhood -- unfortunately, with the direction that PBS seems to be heading, it looks like it will be up to grassroots efforts such as this for future generations to have such an opportunity.
I had considered building an actual web site for this effort but building a site, especially one so detailed, takes a lot of time. More than I've got to surrender at this point. So a blog is the next best thing. I know I'm not the only one out there with this kind of an appreciation for Mister Rogers so please check back on this blog often as you can expect frequent updates. My hope is that this effort will find a solid audience of faithful Mister Rogers fans and grow to be a long-overdue web resource dedicated to one of the most influential icons of our generation -- Mister Rogers.