March 10, 2008

March 20th Is Won't You Be A Neighbor By Wearing A Sweater? Day

I swear, I didn't know about this. Next week, Thursday, March 20th, would be Fred Rogers' 80th birthday. The standardbearers at Family Communications, Inc., Rogers' production company, are encouraging everyone to wear a sweater--I repeat, to wear a sweater--on the 20th to commemorate Rogers' legacy of good neighborliness.

The mass sweaterwearing will be the culmination of Won't You Be My Neighbor Days, a 5-day series of community- and family-oriented events across Pittsburgh and the greater Southwestern Pennsylvania area, which is part of the year-long Pittsburgh 250 celebration.

DT commenter and Pittsburgher Lisa C. tipped us off to the city's still-burning love for their hometown hero. And now, after watching David Newell lead a press junket trolley ride to promote the wear-in, I wonder if Pittsburgh isn't hoping Mister Rogers' Neighborhood will be to that city what the Sound of Music is to Salzburg: a cheesy, nostalgia-soaked, sing-along tourism magnet.

And the crazy call&response trolley ride through the homebrewed, animatronic Neighborhood of Make-Believe at Idlewild amusement park ain't helping. "Come along, come along, to the castle hug-n-song"?? Yikes.

"Won’t You Be My Neighbor?" Days (WYBMND), March 15 – 20, 2008 [fci.org]

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Perhaps he was inspired by the upcoming Sweater Day -- last night my husband composed this blog post on his experience with Fred Rogers

[very nice, thanks for the tip -ed.]

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