You Have One Week, San Francisco Neighbors: Pick Out Sweater You'll Wear to Honor Mister Rogers
"We're asking everyone everywhere to wear their favorite sweater on that day," pleads Mr. McFeely -- the fast-talking "Speedy Delivery" man on the long-running PBS show Mister Rogers Neighborhood (actually "McFeely" is David Newell, the fast-talking PR man for Family Communications, Inc., the nonprofit founded by Rogers himself in 1971). Rogers, by the way, died in 2003 at age 74.
"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," continued McFeely/Newell.
And, by the way, if you were to, perchance, run out and purchase a sweater in one of San Francisco's locally owned shops -- well, that'd be special to them. But we digress.
Finally, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Day isn't meant to merely be a sartorial endeavor. Its organizers are calling for increased neighborliness (and, in a sign of the times we live in, they've put together a 12-page guidebook to explain just what neighborliness is). Some suggestions:
- Start a sweater drive;
- Read to children;
- Visit old folks in a nursing home;
- Depose King Friday and install a parliamentary government (sorry, couldn't resist)