The invitation took place in 1995 and Madigan admits he doesnt know really how it all happened.
Still, the two began exchanging emails and letters after he profiled the TV host.
Now Madigans sharing his seven year friendship with Rogers in his book Im Proud Of You: My Friendship With Fred Rogers (Gotham Books). Madigan admits, growing up, he was more of a Captain Kangaroo fan and only knew about Rogers from watching Eddie Murphys skewering him on Saturday Night Live.
But, after the interview, Madigan soon realized that Rogers was a lot stronger then the comedians spoofing him made him out to be.
Says Madigan: I learned right from the start that he was full of decency, love and compassion. I admired him from the beginning but not as a television idol.
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