Doodle Do

In case you haven’t seen the Google Doodle celebrating the Mister Rogers anniversary last week, you should check it out. Honestly, “charming” doesn’t even begin to do it justice. And it’s okay to get a little misty.

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Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Fans of MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD will easily recognize this familiar figure from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. It’s Lady Elaine Fairchilde, the outspoken schemer who runs the Museum-Go-Round. As a child, I loved the puppets of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe but I found Lady Elaine Fairchilde somewhat offputting. Perhaps it was her often cranky demeanor or maybe it was something to do with the uncanny valley.

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I spied this Lady Elaine puppet in amongst a batch of PBS Kids-related items in our kids and education department.

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Discover the many sides of a baseball legend as AMERICAN MASTERS profiles TED WILLIAMS – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

According to recently-released files, Penelope Keith, Derek Jacobi and the Two Ronnies were just a few of the people who were personae non gratae at No. 10 Downing Street during the Thatcher administration. Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Discover why the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a festival unlike any other in the world. POV presents BRIMSTONE & GLORY – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Lily James (DOWNTON ABBEY) and Gillian Anderson (BLEAK HOUSE) are signed on to star in a stage adaptation of the Bette Davis film All About Eve next year in London.

Join Sue Perkins (THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW) as she travels from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal to explore THE GANGES. Don’t miss part one of this three-part adventure – Tuesday at 8pm on the Explorer Channel. Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers!

March 20 is Fred Rogers’ birthday. He would have been 90 today.

We’ve been celebrating the man and his show over the past few weeks with documentaries and trivia but I thought it might be nice to look at one of best remembered and most beloved moments of Rogers’ entire career … the day he testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications to challenge the cuts for public broadcasting. If you haven’t viewed this video, take a few minutes to do so. Mister Rogers was an iconic television personality who will never be forgotten. His program has educated and entertained children for fifty years now and will be available for generations to come. But this gentle, impassioned plea on behalf of public broadcasting is legendary and a prime example of why Fred Rogers is revered by those of us in the industry.

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Our Rootle Kids Crew has recently moved to some very cool digs and the new work area is, as you might imagine, filled with all sorts of kid-friendly décor. Plush toys, books, posters, cardboard standups – all of these are on display. Since it’s a Mister Rogers themed week, I snapped a pic of the only piece of Neighborhood memorabilia I could see…

The book is called A Trolley Visit To Make-Believe written by Fred Rogers himself (illustrated by Pat Sustendal). You’ll note a few of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe residents riding the magical transport – although I’m not sure why King Friday and Queen Sara would leave Prince Tuesday at home. The book was published by Random House in 1987.