Sam Newbury, initially a producer for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, went on to work on some of Fred’s projects beyond the television program, including professional development and educational materials. Newbury remembers the Mister Rogers Days of the 1970s when people could walk through the set at WQED and then meet Mister Rogers in person. Newbury’s most poignant memory from those special events is the message that Fred delivered to parents—that the children who appreciate the Neighborhood most are those who have experienced love at home.
Fred held Mister Rogers Days at PBS stations across the United States, but did not continue with them because they were physically and emotionally draining. Fred wanted to devote his attention to one child at time. Thus, he focused on special visitors arranged through the Make-A-Wish Foundation rather than open houses.
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