Thursday, August 24, 2006

Journalist To Mister Rogers: ‘Won’t You Be My Pen Pal?’

MINNEAPOLIS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Fred Rogers might have asked his audience, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” at the beginning of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, but it was at the end of an interview that he asked a journalist named Tim Madigan to be his friend.

The invitation took place in 1995 and Madigan admits he doesn’t know really “how it all happened.”

Still, the two began exchanging emails and letters after he profiled the TV host.

Now Madigan’s sharing his seven year friendship with Rogers in his book I’m 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 Murphy’s 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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