Monday, May 14, 2012

Zack and Miri and Betty

After a weekend out of town, my wife and I were looking for a lighthearted movie to watch last night and we decided on the 2008 Kevin Smith film Zack and Miri. Being the self-proclaimed pop culture nerd that I am, I often find myself flipping through IMDB when I watch a movie just to see if there is anything or anyone to keep a special eye out for. Watching Zack and Miri was no exception.

There she was in the deleted scenes -- playing the part of theater owner Mrs. Copley -- the one and only Betty Aberlin.

I realize that Betty has appeared in a few of Kevin Smith's other films but I guess I didn't know about this one. Quite a fun surprise on a Sunday evening.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

King Friday's (Foam) Crown

Has anyone ever seen this before?

What you're looking at is a foam crown designed to be worn by children. Although it appears flat in the picture, when the crown is placed on a person's head, the sides are turned upright creating a home-version of King Friday's royal head wear.

Unfortunately, I know next to nothing about this. Based on the other pieces of memorabilia that were with the crown when I took this picture, my best guess is that it comes from the 1970's and was possibly an item distributed through Mister Rogers' Rainy Day Club.

If anyone has any information on this crown, please fill me in. Better yet, if anyone owns one of these that they're willing to part with, I'd be more than happy to take it off your hands!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A High School Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers attended Latrobe High School in Latrobe, Pennsylvania from 1942-1946. Recently Guy, a Neighborhood Archive reader and co-host of the Adventure Club Podcast, shared with me several images from both Fred's sophomore and senior yearbooks.

For several images of a teenage Fred Rogers, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Many thanks to Guy for sharing these gems!

And by the way, if you've got the time, check out the Adventure Club Podcast -- especially Sequence 19 featuring some guy who created an online Mister Rogers archive.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Love is a Four Letter Word

Have you seen this? Open up the liner notes on Jason Mraz's most recent release, Love is a Four Letter Word, and there's a quote from Fred Rogers...