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Mister Rogers Still Asking Kids to Be His Neighbor

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Mister Rogers Still Asking Kids to Be His Neighbor

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

On this morning of dramatic news from around the world, we have a few words of encouragement from Mr. Rogers.

(Soundbite of music)

MONTAGNE: The program "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" was first broadcast nationwide 40 years ago today.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. FRED ROGERS (Children's TV Host): (Singing) It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor.

MONTAGNE: Though Fred Rogers died in 2003, this gentle program is still on the air, guiding children to the neighborhood of make believe. And an old video clip, now seen on YouTube, offers advice to millions of adults who remember the show.

Mr. ROGERS: You know, it happens so often, I walk down the street and someone 20 or 30 or 40 years old will come up to me and say, you are Mr. Rogers, aren't you? I'm just so proud of all of you who have grown up with us, and I know how tough it is some days to look with hope and confidence on the months and years ahead. But I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger. I like you just the way you are.

(Singing) It's such a good feeling to know you're alive. It's such a happy feeling, you're growing inside. And when you wake up ready to say, I think I'll make a snappy new day. It's such a good feeling, a very good feeling, the feeling you know that we're friends.

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