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Thanks For Your Help Today
Early in Episode 1593, Marilyn Barnett stops by, as she often does in the Neighborhood, to demostrate a form of physical activity. This time, she brings along three young people -- Kiyonna, Eve, and Rashidi. The children demonstrated some very impressive jump rope skills and clearly impressed Mister Rogers. As I was detailing the credits from this episode, I noticed that Rashidi's last name is "Barnett" and I wondered what, if any, relation he was to Marilyn Barnett.
My curiosity got the best of me and I was able to make contact with Rashidi who informed me that Marilyn Barnett is indeed his mother. Both he and his mother have very graciously offered some comments on their experiences with Mister Rogers and his Neighborhood. I am honored to share the thoughts of Marilyn Barnett and her son. My thanks to them both for their kindness and generosity!
In addition to he and his mother graciously providing comments about their experiences on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Rashidi was kind enough to share a few photographs from the set of the show. The first is a black and white of Marilyn Barnett, Mister Rogers, and the children performing some stretching exercises after jumping rope.
I can only assume that this black and white image was shot during a rehearsal for the episode because, as you can see from the image below, when the similar stretching took place on the broadcast episode the children were seated in a different order.
The other image provided by Rashidi I can only describe as "amazing." What a terrific example of the kind and loving nature of Fred Rogers captured in this photograph and in his comments:
Again, my many thanks to Rashidi Barnett and Marilyn Barnett for their willingness to share about their time in the Neighborhood.
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