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preschooler. Later, I would sometimes watch with my younger siblings. Then as a teenager, my friends and I would naturally poke fun at the show along with Eddie Murphy.

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But one thing I never noticed until I was an adult was just how secure almost everyone in my generation was in the knowledge that even though he had never actually met us, Mister Rogers really did like us just the way we were. I can actually point to the exact moment when I recognized that.

Fred Rogers was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame in 1999. During the ceremony, they played a clip that I had seen before of his visit with Jeffrey Erlinger who was a quadriplegic guest on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a ten-year-old child. It is a very She is too young to have ever seen Mister Rogers’ touching scene – they talk about Jeffrey’s electric Neighborhood on TV, as Mr. Rogers passed away a wheelchair, they sing a song together, and they talk few years before she was even born, and even reruns about things Jeffrey does when he’s “feeling blue.” stopped playing around the time she turned one. But After the clip finished, then 28-year-old Jeffrey I took her to see the documentary, Won’t You Be My entered the stage, and the look of complete, genuine Neighbor that came out last year, and she enjoyed delight on Mr. Rogers face is really unforgettable. that a lot and has since become quite the little expert Jeffrey told him that “When you tell people that ‘it’s on Fred Rogers’ life. you I like’, they know that you really mean it.” And after watching that reunion, nobody could possibly When I was growing up, Mr. Rogers was always just argue with that. “there”. I enjoyed the show when I watched it as a This month, the new movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, is being released, and my youngest daughter, Haylee, is very excited to see it.

So now I do know what a treasure Fred Rogers was to my generation and the next. I’m sure that there will never be anyone else quite like him, and that makes me a little bit sad. But I do hope that Tom Hanks can do him a little bit of justice, and maybe by keeping his memory alive, the next great champion of young children will be inspired to step forward. Until next time,

Jennifer

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