Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (children)
(PBS Daytime, 1967 - 1975;
PBS Daytime, 1979 - 2001)
[original title: "MisteRogers' Neighborhood";
The series was first originated in Canada where it ran from
1963 - 1967;
It was hosted by the gentle tall, thin Fred Rogers, who had
been an ordained Presbyterian minister, and was also the
Executive Producer; Mister Rogers always made a point when
he opened the show by coming through the door of his living
room set and changing his shoes and trading his outdoor coat
for an indoor sweater -- presumably to inspire children that
they should do the same; he spoke kindly to his pre-school
audience, and introduced them to ideas in an appropriately
quiet, patient, thoughtful style -- a model of self-control;
The series came to the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
in 1967, and was produced from Pittsburgh affiliate WQED-TV;
Except for a four year hiatus between 1975 - 1979, the series
ran daily until its last episode on August 31, 2001; PBS said
it would continue to broadcast episodes in re-runs...
When the series ended in 2001, it was assumed Mister Rogers
wanted to retire after so many years; What wasn't known publicly
was that he had been suffering from ill health for some time;
Fred McFeely Rogers finally lost his battle with stomach
cancer at the age of 74 on February 27, 2003.]
Theme: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
[above is the original title as it was filed for copyright;
ASCAP title variations are:
aka: "Won't You Be My Neighbour?";
aka: "It's A Perfectly Beautiful Day (Theme)"
aka: "It's A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood";
aka: "It's A Beautiful Day";]
Composer: Fred McFeely Rogers (ASCAP)
Original Publisher: Fred M. Rogers (ASCAP)
2001 Publisher: Fred M. Rogers -- Publisher (ASCAP)
of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright Date: Feb. 9, 1967; Eu 978 679.
Renewal Date: Jul. 3, 1995; RE-704-171.