My Interview with Fred [NEBBY 7]

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  • Published on:  10/10/2019
  • On Monday, October 19, 1987, at 2 in the afternoon, producer Rick Sebak and a small TV crew from WQED met Fred Rogers in the small studio apartment he kept in the Cathedral Mansions apartments on Ellsworth Avenue in the Oakland part of Pittsburgh. Rick was putting together a program titled "Our Neighbor Fred Rogers" to help celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of Fred's national children's program called "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," and this would be the centerpiece interview.

    Rick talked to Fred for about 3 hours, and various pieces of that conversation have been used in many programs since then, from Rick's 1987 local show and his 1990 national version of "Our Neighbor Fred Rogers" (narrated by David Hartman) to the WQED national special titled "Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor" as well as the 2018 Hollywood documentary titled "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

    This program includes many previously unseen parts of the interview, full of good stories and life lessons from Fred Rogers, a really wonderful teacher.

    Original airdate: Thursday October 10, 2019 at 8 pm on WQED Pittsburgh.

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