Wear A Sweater Day

150_rogersFred Rogers, star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, would have been 80 years old today. In honor of his birthday, Mr McFeely asks you to wear your favorite sweater.
"We’re asking everyone everywhere — from Pittsburgh to Paris — to wear their favorite sweater on that day," he asks in his best speedy delivery voice. "It doesn’t have to have a zipper down the front like the one Mister Rogers wore on the program, it just has to be special to you."

Rogers’ favorite sweater is now on display at the Smithsonian Institutions’ Museum of American History. Wear A Sweater Day is part of "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?" Days (March 15-20) in Pittsburgh. Link -via Metafilter

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When I was in college, I wrote Mr. Rogers a letter. I was a student clinician at the time, and I told him how we used him as an example for the wee ones. (I mean, you can't easily tell a four-year-old, "Now, speak slowly and articulate carefully!" But you CAN say, "Use your Mister Rogers speech!" and they will know in an instant what you mean.)

He wrote me back, personally! (I still have that letter framed, on my wall.)

Then, he spoke at my college graduation. Best. Commencement speaker. Ever.
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Aww, i'd planned on wearing a hoodie today, but I will wear a sweater instead. This should be instituted as a holiday for my generation, the ones that grew up watching this man every day. I will even change my shoes everytime i come into teh house today, lol. : )
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