Mr. Rogers prepares to film final episodes

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Mr. Rogers prepares to film final episodes - There goes the Neighborhood Mister Rogers will...
There goes the Neighborhood Mister Rogers will make last episodes of show in December By Rob Owen Post-Gazelle TV Editor Copyright 2000, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The beautiful days in "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" will continue, but next month on the show's simple set, Fred Rogers will hang up his famous cardigan sweater for the last time. Taping of the final five installments of the 32-year-old series will wrap in December. When this last week of episodes airs in August 2001, Rogers and his Family Communications Inc. will have completed 33 seasons and almost 1,000 episodes of what is the longest-running children's program airing nationally. During an interview Thursday in his cozy, den-like 1 - office at WQED in Oakland, Rogers said the timing was right. Next year when production concludes, Pittsburgh's favorite Neighbor will celebrate his 50th year in television. "It was a fairly simple, straightforward decision," he said. "Of course, I prayed about it." He compared this decision to when he left a job at NBC in New York to come to Pittsburgh in 1953. His friends thought he was crazy. WQED wasn't even on the air yet. Then, as now, he had a feeling that it was what he should do. "I don't like to be spooky about stuff, but I do think that sometimes you feel inspired to make certain deci la W ifc. . " ' r 1 . v - i f wan - , v. v . ; -' & i ft -Ltd ' H, John BealePost-Gazette Fred Rogers in his office at WQED. sions," Rogers said. "I've never tried to make a decision that had to do with selfishness. I think we certainly have done the kind of work I have wanted to do for chil- SEE ROGERS, PAGE A-l 2

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  2. 12 Nov 2000, Sun,
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