The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 206
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 206

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TV26 Palm' Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 Mister Rogers: Accept Me as I Am ;-'tr4H 4 An rr-. Rogers' Neighborhood is accepting people for what they are, the show's creator also tries to address specific problems. Special programs range from one on hair cuts to another on the Kennedy-King assassinations. "The assassination special shown two days after Robert Kennedy's death on June 6, 1968 was a plea for families to include their children in their own ways of coping with grief," Rogers said. "Children also feel and sense grief. I thought parents might be confused with what might be helpful for their kids." Another program dealt with death. Children watching that show saw their friend, Mister Rogers, bury a goldfish. As he buried the fish, Rogers talked of "my feelings when my dog died when I was a boy and how I played with a toy dog for some time after that." ' The particular show not only helped children understand death but enabled them to distinguish between fantasy and reality as well. "I tell children that some things we can do with pretend, we can't do with reality," he said. Rogers also pointed out that he is careful to explain the difference between television and the real world. Significantly, Rogers tells his viewers that his half hour in "the neighborhood" is only a "television visit" and not where he spends his whole life. According to Rogers, children do not see an actor when they watch his show. "Do I act? Heavens no! What I present to children is what I am. I don't think there's anyone who's as honest with children as I am." Honesty is extremely important to Fred Rogers. He takes children seriously and dedicates his program towards helping them gain confidence in their individual identities. In as simple terms possible, Mister Rogers Neighborhood has attempted for the past nine years to address problems and fears common to youngsters. It teaches them that while emotions aren't bad, they have to learn to understand them. "Normal feelings of jealousy, anger and sadness we talk about these things. We dramatize those emotions in ways to show everybody feels them sometime," he said. Rogers, a native of nearby Latrobe, discusses ideas for the show with Dr. Margaret MacFarland, professor emeritus of child psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Rogers observes children at day care centers. The TV celebrity was a founder of the city's Oakland Children's Center in the mid-1960s. "The center has children of every nationality," he said. "When you're young that's the time to build bridges. I'm not talking about just color but age and physical handicaps as well." While a general theme in Mister By STEVEN PROKESCH PITTSBURGH (UPI) - Fred Rogers, the host, writer and producer of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, says his desire to have people "accept me the way I am" could very well be the key to the philosophy underlying his popular children's show. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, produced in Pittsburgh, is carried by 250 Public Broadcasting Service affiliates as well as some commercial stations throughout the country. It is viewed daily in an estimated 7 million households. While the program is geared for children 3 to 8, fan mail indicates Rogers' audience also includes college students, businessmen and housewives. Perhaps the main reason Rogers' Monday-Friday show succeeds in branching the generation gap is the philosophy of acceptance upon which Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is based. "I think it's tough enough in this life to know who you are," he said. "My hope for each person is that he or she comes into contact with someone who tikes them as they are." And Rogers, 48, an ordained Presbyterian minister whose mission is to work with families through mass media, said, "If I'm going to accept you the way you are, all I expect is for you to accept me the way I am. "From the letters I get from children," he said, "I get the feeling they do accept me for what I am." Fred Rogers and Puppet m FRIDAY 5:30 Movie: "The Blue Bird," (G) 7:30 Movie: "Dead Cert." 9:30 Movie: "Lenny," (R) 11:30 Movie: "Mitchell," (R) Home Box Office is a subscription television service available to customers of the TelePrompTer Cable SUNDAY 3:00 Movie: "B Must Die." 5:00 Movie "The Blue Bird," (G) 7:00 Movie: "B Must Die," (G) 9:00 Movie: "The Blue Bird," (G) 11:00 Foreign Film: "The Knack . . . And How to Get It." MONDAY 5:30 Children'! Theater: Miscellaneous. 7:00 Pro Football Feature: "Hard To Make It In This League." 8:00 Movie: "The Killer Elite," (PG) 10:15 On Location: Henny Youngman. 11:15 Movit: "Swept Away," (R) SATURDAY 3:00 Movie: "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't," (G) 5:00 Pro Football Feature: "Hard to Make It In This League." 6:00 The Marvelous Gift 6:30 Movie: "Dead Cert." 8:30 Movie: "The Killer Elite," (PG) 11:00 Movie: "Dead Cert." THURSDAY 5:30 Movie: "Bite the Bullet," (PG) 8:00 Movie: "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," (PG) 10:00 On Location: Henny Youngman. 11:00 Movie: WEDNESDAY 5:30 Children's Theater: "The King's Secret." 6:00 Movie: "Lost in the Stars." 8:00 Movie: "The Terrorists," (PG) 9:30 Foreign Film: "The Knack . . . and How to Get It." 11:00 NBA Basketball: Denver Nuggets vs. Seattle. TUESDAY 5:30 Children's Theater: "Mario and the Marvelous Gift." 6:30 Classic Film: "Forget Me Not." 8:00 NHL Hockey: N.Y. Rangers vs. N.Y. Islanders 10:30 Movie: "The Exorcist," (R) 12:35 On Location: Myron Cohen. the Bullet,' "Bite (PG) "Lenny." The story of Lenny Bruce, with a great performance by Dustin Hoffman. Valerie Per-rine co-stars. and Candice Bergen compete for $2,000 in a horse race across the badlands. "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." Oscar winning performance by Ellen Burstyn as newly widowed woman learning to cope. "Dead Cert." An amateur jockey risks life and limb to expose a gambling syndicate attempting to fix the British Grand "Mitchell." "Walking Tall" star Joe Don Baker is a maverick big of little Linda Blair is the focal point of this boxoffice smash ... not for the fainthearted. "Lost in the Stars." Brock Peters is a preacher torn between his faith in God and his compassion for man. "The Terrorists." Sean Connery stars as a Norwegian security chief fighting an international battle of wits. "Bite the Bullet." Gene Hackman 'B Must Die." Darren McGavin is the fall guy. in a political action-thriller. 'The Blue Bird." Two children embark on a magical mystery tour in search cf the elusive bluebird of happiness. Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda and Cicely Tyson star in this lavish Russian-American production. 'The Knack . . . and How to Get It." Rita Tushingham plays a country girl who comes to London and winds up living in a house with three bachelors. Vz "The Killer Elite." James Caan and Robert Duvall are assassins-for-hire in this tale of intrigue and double cross in the murky intelligence underworld. "Swept Away." Lina Wertmuller's comic battle between the sexes is set on a deserted Mediterranean island. "The Exorcist." Demonic possession city cop. "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't." Tale of zillionaire industrialist who buys the North Pole and plans to evict Santa. f

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