Wednesday Trivia Question

On Downton Abbey, what was the nickname of Rose’s father, Hugh MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire and Laird of Duneagle? Continue reading


Let’s Make The Most Of This Beautiful Day

Today, UNC-TV is celebrating Mister Rogers Day! The festivities cap off this evening with the PBS documentary MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE at 8pm but all day long I’ll be posting some Neighborhood tidbits and Fred Rogers tributes. Join us, won’t you, by putting on your best cardigan and sneakers in honor of a very special life and all of those Rogers reached on the screen and behind the scenes.

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Another shot this week from the archive photo collection I discovered. This one’s from Festival ’90 – the first on-air fund drive in our current (then brand-spanking-new) building in the Research Triangle Park. Pictured is former UNC-TV staffer Audrey Kates Bailey and a bevy of hardworking phone operators. Maybe you called in to make a pledge during this fundraiser. Maybe you were one of the many volunteers who helped make it a success. Regardless, it’s a fond memory for those of us who were part of it.


A New Face In The Neighborhood

Fred Rogers died nearly fifteen years ago but the children’s TV host left behind an enormous legacy far beyond 30+ seasons of one of the most beloved television series ever. This year alone, the Morgan Neville documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? premiered at Sundance and PBS is celebrating 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like in March. Now, the word from Tinseltown is that none other than Tom Hanks will be portraying Rogers in a new film based on the late TV personality’s life.

You Are My Friend has been acquired by TriStar Pictures and is set to begin production in September. The feature film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Marielle Heller will direct and the screenplay is by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

There’s no release date as yet, obviously. But I’m sure I join the legions of Mr. Rogers fans out there who’ll be eagerly awaiting this film’s arrival in the Cineplex.

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

One of my favorite Ken Burns films is the 1994 series Baseball. Now, don’t get me wrong – The Civil War is arguably his best and it’s truly iconic and totally magnificent. However, if a non sports fans like myself can be riveted to every minute of a nine-episode mini-series about America’s pastime then that’s pretty special. Also, it was during promotion for this documentary series that I met the esteemed director so that no doubt colors my affection.

With that in mind, I spied this poster for Baseball in a co-worker’s cubicle a while back and snapped the pic. Play ball!