It’s a beautiful day for Fred Rogers news

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Mr. Rogers has arrived in Pittsburgh. Well, actually it’s a 7,000-pound figure of the late PBS star. The nearly 11 foot tall likeness will be the centerpiece of a new Tribute to Children park on the Ohio River facing the city. The legendary Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was produced for more than 40 years at the WQED studios in Pittsburgh. In other Fred Rogers news, everyone is encouraged to wear a cardigan sweater — his trademark — today in honor of what would have been his 80st birthday. Family Communications is hoping to turn his birthday into an annual tradition of community service, to be known as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Day. “The sweater is the fun part,” says Margy Whitmer of Family Communications, the show’s producer and distributor. “It reminds you of Fred.”

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