Monday, February 19, 2024

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 Fred Rogers had given some very specific instructions to David Newell, who handled public relations for the PBS children's show Mister Roger's Neighborhood. Rogers said he wanted no children - absolutely none - to be present when he appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago. No children? How could that be? By the mid-1980s, Rogers was an icon of children's television, known for communicating with his young viewers in the most fundamental and profound way. Why would he want to exclude them from a program showcasing his views on how they should be understood and taught?

- From The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

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