Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, 2nd Edition: Children, Television, and Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, 2nd Edition: Children, Television, and Fred Rogers

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Updated edition featuring a new foreword by David "Mr. McFeely" Newell.

The pieces in this volume address the enduring influence and importance of Fred Roger's work in children's television. The contributors, representing a wide range of disciplines--art, psychology, medicine, social criticism, theology, music, and communications--include David Bianculli, Lynette Friedrick Cofer, Nancy E. Curry, Ellen Galinsky, Geroge Gerbner, William Guy, Lynn Johnson, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Susan Linn, Mary Rawson, Mark Shelton, Reoderick Townley, Paula Lawrence Wehmiller, and Eugenia Zukerman interviewing Yo-Yo Ma.

Born in 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Fred Rogers began his television career in 1951 at NBC. In 1954, he became program director for the newly founded WQED-TV in Pittsburgh, the first community-supported television station in the United States. From 1954 to 1961, Rogers and Josie Carey produced and performed in WQED's The Children's Corner, which became part of the the Saturday morning lineup on NBC in 1955 and 1956.

It was after Fred Rogers was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1963, with a special charge of serving children and their families through television, that he developed what became the award-winning PBS series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822987543
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Mark Collins served as the first lecturer and coordinator for the Environmental Studies Program in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of several books, including Wayward Tracks (In Extenso Press/ACTA Publications).

The late Margaret Mary Kimmel was professor in the Department of Library Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She co-authored For Reading Out Loud: A Guide to Sharing Books with Children and was a consultant to Family Communications and Fred Rogers.

David Newell (Foreword) is an American television actor known primarily for his portrayal of Mr. McFeely, the delivery man on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and worked in the public relations department of the Fred Rogers Company. His character's most famous catchphrase was "Speedy Delivery!" He toured the country until he retired in 2015, promoting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as Mr. McFeely.

Table of Contents

Contents A New Foreword: David “Mr. McFeely” Newell Foreword: Born Again in Rogers - Bob Garfield Preface - Mark Collins and Margaret Mary Kimmel Fred Rogers and the Significance of Story - George Gerbner "What Is Essential Is Invisible to the Eye" - Jeanne Marie Laskas The Myth, the Man, the Legend - David Bianculli The Reality of Make-Believe - Nancy E. Curry Fred's Shoes: The Meaning of Transitions in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Roderick Townley Musical Notes: An Interview with Yo-Yo Ma - Eugenia Zuckerman With an Open Hand: Puppetry on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Susan Linn The Theology of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - William Guy Mister Rogers: Keeper of the Dream - Paula Lawrence Wehmiller Make-Believe, Truth, and Freedom: Television in the Public Interest - Lynetter Friedrich Cofer Mister Rogers Speaks to Parents - Ellen Galinsky Other Viewers, Other Rooms - Mary Rawson A Neighborhood with Forest and Trees: Allies, Coalitions, Kids, and Mister Rogers - Mark Shelton A Very Special Neighborhood: A Photo Essay - Lynn Johnson Afterword: A Nation of Neighborhoods - Marian Wright Edelman Notes Bibliography Index

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