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General Discussion / "It's You I Like" Special & Meeting David Newell
« Last post by KSiteTV on Today at 05:10:15 AM »
I write about TV for my job, and I attended the recent PBS portion of the Television Critics Association press tour and had some things to share.

First off, "It's You I Like" airs in March as part of this year's PBS pledge drive. Also tying in for that week is a special episode of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood about the death of a goldfish which will air alongside episode 1101 (I think it's 1101) where Mister Rogers goes through the same thing.

I'm sure the main part of this site has the details, but there are people including John Lithgow and Sarah Silverman who are interviewed about their love of Mister Rogers. Also featured is Nicholas Ma, son of Yo-Yo Ma who made two appearances on the show. Sadly (and I asked!) Francois Clemmons and Betty Aberlin are NOT interviewed for the special, though they did try to get Clemmons and couldn't get the scheduling to work. Joe Negri is interviewed. (At l They are both featured in clips. I've watched the special and it's a good "Best Of" sticking to the Neighborhood and not a history of Fred Rogers' other activities as the Mister Rogers Movie might.

There's also a really clever introduction of Mister Rogers singing "It's A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood" year to year, starting in the very early times and moving to later in the run. Michael Keaton hosts the program, and there ARE clips of the Zucchini brothers.

The other highlight of the press tour, though, was meeting David Newell. He could tell how excited I was because more than once he offered to take a photo with me, which sadly is a press tour no-no because I really wanted one. What an amazing and kind man he is. They say to "never meet your heroes" but this was definitely a situation where I was not disappointed. I did a short interview with Newell at the event that I'll post on my website; I may, however, see if I can do a longer one. I guess I should not have been surprised, though I was somewhat, that someone who has probably been mobbed by children and adult children for decades would have the patience to talk to someone clearly geeking out like I was.
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Miscellaneous Mister Rogers Topics / Re: Fred's favorite things
« Last post by Antoinet999 on January 17, 2018, 09:20:18 PM »
That was very interesting. Now I'm very curious to read some of Henri J.M. Nouwen's work since he included everything he did. He was really important in the field of theology. Thank you very much for posting this letter. It was fantastic to read. :)
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Miscellaneous Mister Rogers Topics / Re: Fred's favorite things
« Last post by Neighborhood Archive on January 17, 2018, 03:53:41 PM »
I don't know about films, but here's a letter I came across a while back that details some of his favorite books:

http://neighborhoodarchive.com/articles/20140303_influential_books/index.html
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Miscellaneous Mister Rogers Topics / Fred's favorite things
« Last post by Antoinet999 on January 17, 2018, 11:47:13 AM »
Hello to you and happy new year!

I was watching the preview for the new documentary on our favorite neighbor this morning and a question came to me. What were Fred's favorite books ? Even more so, favorite films ? I did search the forum for an answer but found nothing of the sort. Did he ever spoke about that ?
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General Discussion / Re: Trivia about feeding the fish
« Last post by PaulKTF on January 15, 2018, 04:53:52 PM »
Wow! Thanks, Tim! :)
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General Discussion / Re: Trivia about feeding the fish
« Last post by Neighborhood Archive on January 15, 2018, 04:51:04 PM »
It seems to be somewhere in 1972 -- maybe around episode 1200.

I know it's been well documented that Mister Rogers intentionally said that he was feeding the fish -- in fact, this is addressed in Chapter 3 of "Dear Mister Rogers" ....

One girl and her family wrote to us to tell us there was a special reason why she wanted me to talk about feeding the fish every day.

Dear Mister Rogers,
Please say when you are feeding your fish, because I worry about them. I can't see if you are feeding them, so please say you are feeding them out loud." -- Katie, age 5
(Father's note: Katie is blind, and she does cry if you don't say that you have fed the fish.)

Since hearing from Katie, I've tried to remember to mention out loud those times that I'm feeding the fish. Over the years, I've learned so much from children and their families. I like to think that we've all grown together.


Whether or not this letter came around this time or not, I don't know. I do know that he feeds the fish on Episode 1196 without saying anything about it (he's singing Good Feeling at the time). Then on Episode 1201 he talks about feeding the fish as he does so. This continues over the next few episodes and presumably from that point on.
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General Discussion / Re: Trivia about feeding the fish
« Last post by mitsguy2001 on January 15, 2018, 03:35:05 PM »
I wonder in what episode that started.  Tim, do you know?
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General Discussion / Trivia about feeding the fish
« Last post by PaulKTF on January 10, 2018, 11:46:57 AM »
An interesting bit of trivia...

Apparently Fred got a letter from a blind child asking if he would say out loud whenever he fed the fish because she (I think it was a girl- maybe I'm wrong) was worried that she would not know when he was doing it. He made it a point from then on to always say out loud when he was feeding the fish. I just thought that was cool.
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Episodes / Re: Funding sponsor in the order of appearing
« Last post by Neighborhood Archive on December 26, 2017, 11:59:50 AM »
Good eye! I just updated 1421-1453.

The Christmas special mentions a grant from Sears-Roebuck and it does use the FCI logo at the end as seen in the last screenshot shown here: http://www.neighborhoodarchive.com/video/other/christmastime/index.html
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Episodes / Funding sponsor in the order of appearing
« Last post by Ivoryface86 on December 23, 2017, 12:51:03 PM »
While archiving #1421-#1453, looking at the bottom of each page, the funding still say The Sears-Roebuck Foundation listed first, that should be corrected with Public Television Stations listed first and Johnson & Johnson Baby Products Company listed immediately before the MRN logo appears. Can anybody correct the funding order at the bottom of each page from #1421 onward. Also, what fundings did the Christmastime Special from 1977 and the Springtime Special from 1978 use and did they use the Family Communications logo in those specials? I been informed that either continuing with Adair Roth or Fred Michael began voicing Prince Tuesday in the Springtime Special with the major change in Prince Tuesday's appearance.
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