PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Fred Rogers passed away nine years ago, but the legacy of “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” lives on.
Scores of children and parents gathered at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to listen to members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and meet with a frequent guest of the “Neighborhood.”
David Newell, dressed in the mail carrier garb of “Mr. McFeely,” carries on the tradition of his mentor.
Television programming was already undergoing rapid changes at the time of Fred Rogers’ death. But Newell says he resisted the trend toward fast paced edits and five second sound bites.
“When he asked a question, he’d wait for the child at home to reflect on what was said. And he did not change. He didn’t. He knew that things were fast paced, but I think it still works for the very young child. He respected childhood and children and I think they got it.”
“Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” may still be seen on the web at PBSKids.org.