Mister Rogers’s new home
There goes the neighborhood! After 33 years as the creator and host of the popular PBS children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers is hanging up his cardigan and pointing his trolley down the information superhighway. The much-adored 71-year-old will close the door on airing any new episodes of his TV show next August and concentrate on producing content for his one-year-old website, misterrogers.org. Parents and teachers will find a sandboxful of educational info at the site. And eventually, tech-savvy tykes will be able to tap into pbs.org/rogers for interactive games and video segments. But don’t be afraid — Henrietta Pussycat, King Friday XIII, and all the other beloved inhabitants of Make-Believe will live on via streaming animations. ”Yesterday I got to have my last ‘ugga-mugga’ with Daniel Striped Tiger,” says a wistful Betty Aberlin, who for three decades has played Lady Aberlin, the puppet’s warm-and-fuzzy confidante. ”He’s so real to me.” How special.