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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Remembering Jack Guest

It was brought to my attention today that longtime Mister Rogers' Neighborhood art director, Jack Guest, passed away this week. His obituary can be found in the Meadville (PA) Tribune. We offer our condolences to the family of the talented Mr. Guest...
COCHRANTON — John L. Guest, 84, of 7386 Sugar Lake Road, Cochranton, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, at Meadville Medical Center. 
John was born in Munhall on May 2, 1926, a son of the late Joseph and Mary Emma Parks Guest. On May 29, 1971, John married Elisabeth C. Brych; she survives. 
He was a member of St. Hippolyte Roman Catholic Church, Frenchtown. 
In 1988 John retired as the art director of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” where he had been employed since 1969. During that time he also did freelance work for set designs for WQED. From February 1952 until August 1955 John was employed as director of the art department of WDTV and continued as director of the art department for KDKA-TV until February 1967. Following his graduation from Munhall High School, he attended art school in Pittsburgh. John entered the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served his country from March 18, 1944, until his honorable discharge on July 19, 1946. He was the proud recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. 
A very talented artist, John enjoyed painting with water colors, pastels, acrylic and oil paints. He also enjoyed fishing, the sport of archery and building his home. He was a former member of the American Legion. 
In addition to his wife, Elisabeth, of 39 years, John is survived by a sister, Katherine Edwards and her husband, Wade, of Riverton, Utah; three nieces; seven nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews. 
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Guest. 
Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, where a scripture service will be conducted at 2 p.m. 
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Hippolyte Roman Catholic Church, Frenchtown, at 11 a.m. on Friday, with the Rev. Dennis Veltri, pastor, as celebrant. 
Full military honors will take place following the Mass. 
Interment will take place in St. Hippolyte Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to any local veteran organization that supports our men and women in uniform.

Friday, August 13, 2010

A short break.

I am taking a short break from posting new material as another year of working in education gets underway...

Stay tuned, folks. I'll be back very soon with some exciting new ideas for the Neighborhood Archive.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A new show? Maybe.

Interesting. Very interesting.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

New Show From Fred Rogers' Company Still in Development
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- It's been almost four years since we first reported that Oakland-based Family Communications (AKA The Fred Rogers Company) had begun development of a new kids' television series based on the same values the late Fred Rogers brought to "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article...

Monday, August 2, 2010

LPs on Display

Many thanks to Neighbor Lawrence for picking up on this...

Check out the LP rack at Negri's Music Shop in Episode 1488. As Mister Rogers exits his visit with Lou Schreiber in the rehearsal room at the Music Shop, a sharp eye will notice some familiar material on display.

I'm sure there are others, but with a quick glance I recognize:
Good eye, Lawrence. Good eye.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Chicago Daily News TV Article

Back in January, I shared the cover image of a Chicago Daily News TV magazine I had come across online. Unfortunately, at the time, I had no other information about this issue. This past week when I was able to come up with a handful of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe figures from the 1977 playset, the person who sold me the King Friday figure was kind enough to also send along a copy of this magazine.

Click the image below to read the feature article from April of 1969.