PITTSBURGH (AP) â€” A tribute to children’s public television pioneer Fred Rogers will include an effort to get people everywhere to wear a sweater on what would have been his 80th birthday.
March 20th is being promoted as “Sweater Day” to honor Rogers, who died of cancer five years ago. A sweater was his trademark garb on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
David Newell, who played speedy deliveryman Mr. McFeely on the show, appears in a YouTube video that touts the event.
“Sweater Day” is the capstone to a six-day celebration planned by Family Communications Inc. of Pittsburgh. Rogers created the company to produce his show.
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Thanks for pointing that out.
Further edited to add: Oh heck, while I’m adding video. Here’s Mr. Rogers talking to the U.S. Senate hearing in 1969 about a proposed budget cut for PBS.