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.
For some reason tote bags have always been associated with public broadcasting. It’s almost a cliché really. But, true enough, tote bags have been handed out in various forms by PBS stations for decades. I don’t know if the one pictured below was a giveaway or not but it caught my eye recently when I spied it in a meeting room.
It’s a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood bag featuring the Neighborhood Trolley. Might be an obscure premium from a long-forgotten fund drive or a kitschy collectible from PBS Kids past. Regardless, I thought it was a pretty neat discovery.
Who is this I spy in the UNC-TV lobby? It’s none other than PBS Kids star Arthur – or at least a reasonable facsimile.
One of the many cool things about working for a public broadcasting station like UNC-TV is that you never know what fun toys you might see placed about in various forms and scenes around the building. The bespectacled aardvark above was part of a Trolley display (along with Curious George) that graced our lobby and welcomed visitors for a few weeks. Continue reading →