Friday, October 30, 2009

Eric Carle Blog Post

While you may not immediately recognize his name, I'm sure you are familiar with the work of Eric Carle. Mr. Carle is the creator of the very well-known children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

In a recent post on his blog, Mr. Carle briefly reflected on his interactions with Fred Rogers and his appearance on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. A segment of this visit to the Neighborhood can be seen on the revamped PBS Mister Rogers website.

Visit Mr. Carle's blog to read his brief comments about Mister Rogers.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Neighborhood of Make-Believe Back in Action!

From Pittsburgh-Post Gazette:

Mister Rogers week shaping up
The first week of November will be a busy one for fans of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

On Nov. 5, "A Tribute to Children" will be unveiled and dedicated on the North Shore at 10:30 a.m. The site will feature a statue of Fred Rogers. Refreshments will be served from 9:30-10:15 a.m.

Then on Nov. 7 and 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., WQED will invite the public in to see the re-assembled set from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe at the WQED studios in Oakland.

Here's what those who attend will see, per WQED:
King Friday XIII's Castle; "X" the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat's Tree; Curator Lady Elaine Fairchilde's Museum Go-Round; Cornflake S. Pecially's "Rockit" Factory; Grandpere's Eiffel Tower; Dr. Duckbill, Elsie Jean and Ana Platypus' Mound; and a small replica of Daniel Tiger's Clock. The original clock currently resides at Saint Vincent's College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media.
Tours will last about 10 minutes and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no tickets.

Mister McFeely (David Newell) will be on hand for autographs and pictures with the exception of a one-hour lunch break at noon both days. Free parking will be available at Central Catholic High School, 4720 Fifth Avenue. Details on how to access parking, directions and more of what to expect can be found on a page of the WQED Web site.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Live Event [1974]

A few days ago, I stumbled upon another candid treasure from a first-hand encounter with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Much like the snapshots Lawrence shared with us from his childhood visit to the Neighborhood set and those generously contributed by Rashidi Barnett, I found the snapshots below to be equally fascinating. Contacting Neil Fein, the owner of these images, for permission to share them, I was provided the following information:
"I think my father was probably the photographer. I don't know when or where the pictures were taken, but it was probably in the early 1970's, somewhere in the NY/NJ area, possibly in New York City."
Feel free to view Neil's original Flickr album or enjoy these priceless snapshots below. Many thanks for sharing...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Good Morning Captain [1996]

In the course of recently reading Good Morning, Captain: Fifty Wonderful Years with Bob Keeshan, TV's Captain Kangaroo, I came across two images featuring a couple of childrens' television's founding fathers (By the way, I highly recommend this book to anyone who grew up watching Captain Kangaroo).

More interesting that that, however, was the quote from Fred Rogers about Bob Keeshan found in the sixth chapter:
"Even though Bob and I visited each other's on-air 'neighborhoods,' we know one another best off the air. For instance, we have a tradition of talking on the phone, no matter where we are in the world, every New Year's Day. We've had those New Year's conversations for more than thirty years! We feel it's a good way to start each year.
"This past January 1, we talked about our grandchildren; and, of course, child advocacy, which Bob has always helped to further. It's just a fact that Bob Keeshan is a wondeful human being who has made, and continues to make, an important difference in the lives of American children. I'm glad that he and I grew up -- on and off television -- together."

Keeshan, Bob. Good Morning Captain: 50 Wondeful Years with Bob Keeshan. Minneapolis, MN: Fairview Press, 1996.