Won’t you be my neighbor?

Fifty years ago today “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the most caring children’s television show ever, made its debut. You’ve probably seen this before, but it’s worth watching again: Fred Rogers testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications in 1969 in support of public television funding. As the self-described Senate “tough guy” gets “goosebumps” and is persuaded to approve the $20 million, you really do get a sense that LOVE is the answer. To everything. This hopeful glimpse of possibility is exactly what I need when the world and cable news and social media churn with anger.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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