In response to a recent decision by PBS to cut Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from its weekday syndication, one of Mister Rogers’ biggest fans has started a campaign to save the show.
Brian Linder has launched SaveMisterRogers.com to fight PBS’s plans.
“It’s something I feel strongly about,” Brian explained in an e-mail. “Not because of my own nostalgic feelings for the program, but because I feel it is still such a special nurturing voice in the lives of children.”
Fred Rogers, has gently taught viewers about the world in all its facets—emotional, physical, spiritual—and was not afraid to deal with difficult issues like divorce and death.
Brian extols Mister Roger’s centrality to childhood development. “I was a highly-sensitive child,” he writes at SaveMisterRogers.com. “It was Mister Rogers who taught me how to begin to deal with my feelings. I think he taught my parents a lot, too. I know I’m still learning from him.”
Mrs. Rogers (Fred’s wife, Joanne) recently blessed Brian’s efforts, which include imploring kindred spirits to contact PBS at its headquarters or local affiliates, but no word has come back about plans for a policy shift.
This is so sad. Children probably need this program more than ever these days. Mister Rogers is the perfect antidote to today’s stressful and fast-paced world.
Thank you Brian!