82/365 Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

We lived in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Shadyside. Fred and Sara  Rogers lived in Oakland, the neighborhood next-door to ours. Their son’s girlfriend lived in the same three-flat house as us until she secretly moved in with him. While I can’t claim to have lived in Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, his son sometimes slept in our house.

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10 thoughts on “82/365 Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

  1. Didn’t the son once claim his father was cold and distant, nothing like his TV persona? Or am I thinking of someone else? I saw Fred’s wife interviewed the other day, and she said he was exactly as he appeared on TV. But what else would she say?

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    • (Maybe you’re thinking of A. A. Milne.) I’ve heard nothing but good about Fred Rogers. I was so impressed when he/the show very personally answered my friend’s kid’s letter point by point. He officiated at the first wedding of a now-friend of mine, who was a producer of his show. Doesn’t mean he was nice to everyone, of course, or that everyone liked him. That’s probably not true of anyone…

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  2. When we lived in Pittsburgh, Joe Negri (who played Handyman Negri) had an weekly gig at James Street Cafe where he would perform/interact with kids. Duncan was just two-and-a-half, but he loved to go and listen to the music with the other kids. Fate dictated that we leave the area, and now James Street Cafe is history as well. I wish both boys could have grown up with that weekly connection with the Fred Rogers world.

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  3. Just one degree of separation. I’m usually pleasantly surprised at how much I have in common with you guys on the other side of the world (almost). But this post … I have heard of Mr Rogers, but really have no idea who he is and why he was famous … well, except … TV, I assume.

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