Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mr. McFeely's "Sister-In-Law"

Most people remember Episode 1476 when Mr. McFeely talks with Mister Rogers about his wedding day. Mr. McFeely even shares a film of the event and describes the ceremony.

Interestingly enough, in a recent article in the Daily Herald -- a suburban Chicago news source -- David Newell mentions that the maid of honor was played by his real-life spouse, Nan. In the episode, she is referred to as "Betsy's sister."

And now you know.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Jason Mraz to Visit Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

It's no secret that singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is a fan of the Neighborhood. You might remember in May of 2012 when we shared some familar words found in the liner notes of his album Love is a Four Letter Word. reports that Jason will be taking his appreciation of the Neighborhood one step further this coming Valentine's Day when he shares his talents in Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

According to Daniel Tiger creator Angela Santomero, "Fred [Rogers] knew that music is very important in connecting with young viewers and we believe he would have been very happy to know of Jason's 'visit' to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe."

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

David Letterman's Record Collection

This past week I was contacted by Adam, a Neighborhood Archive reader with a clear appreciation for David Letterman. Apparently back in the day, there was a feature on Letterman's late-night program called "Dave's Record Collection" where he would share records from his own collection and comments on clips he played.

Adam was able to point me towards not one time that Mister Rogers appeared on this segment, but three times! So right off the bat, thanks to Adam for sharing these clips he found.

Without further adieu, here are three Mister Rogers records from Dave's "collection."

DATE: Unknown
ALBUM: Won't You Be My Neighbor
NOTES: Begins at 00:34

DATE: February 13, 1992
ALBUM: You Are Special
NOTES: Begins at 00:52

DATE: September 3, 1992
ALBUM: Come On and Wake Up
NOTES: Begins at 04:44

For future reference, information on these clips will appear in the Miscellaneous > Cameos and Mentions section of the Neighborhood Archive site.

Anyone know of more from Dave's record collection?

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Story Behind Mister Rogers' Viral Image

In the days following the tragic events at Sandyhook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, an image of Mister Rogers circulated among online social circles.

With this image was a quote from Fred Rogers:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world.”
The photograph itself is quite touching -- but how about the story behind the photo? An article from the Washington Post -- Mister Rogers Viral Image: The Story of the Boy -- describes the background of this image.

Incidentally, the article is written by Maura Judkis -- the daughter of Jim Judkis who happens to be the photographer responsible for the image above. You may recognize Mr. Judkis' name from his contributions to the First Experience series of books published in the late 80s and early 90s.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Fred Rogers' Final Public Appearance

It was ten years ago today that Fred Rogers made his final public appearance when he joined Bill Cosby and Art Linkletter as Grand Marshals of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

The theme of the parade was "Children's Wishes, Dreams, and Imagination."

More on the ten year anniversary of Fred Rogers' passing to come later this spring.