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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 43

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1 Fred Rogers ... with children, a relationship of complete trust OR By Eliot A. Daley (Associate pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Princeton, N.J.; ^ooblished in Iowa TV Magazine by 'special arrangement with the aythor and with Presbyterian Life Magazine) F RED ROGERS is probably the only Presbyterian ministerMn the world who can draw a crowd of 6,000 admirers and friends on a one-day visit to Boston. But then his flock numbers a million or more, with whom he spends a half-hour a day, five days a week. Fred Rogers' flock is the little people of the country — the 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds — and he communicates with them through television. Indeed, he uses TV with a mastery no one else has yet approached. For him, the television set is like a telephone, to relate to and converse with myriad youngsters, each of whom is thoroughly convinced that Fred Rogers is speaking to him, directly and personally. He is in the vanguard of those who would use television as something other than an instrument to mesmerize the masses between commercials. Rogers is the creator, producer and star of "Misterog- ers' Neighborhood," originating.at WQED in Pittsburgh, Pa. It's seen five afternoons a week on about 120 stations of the National Educational Television network. [The program is shown at 5:30 p.m. daily on station KDIN-TV, Ch. 11, Des Moines, and will be carried by KIIN-TV, Ch. 12, when Iowa's second noncommercial station goes on the air next January. The program also is shown daily over the Nebraska Educational Television Network.] In outward appearance, "Misterogers" is not substantially different from what one might expect a children's program to be — a combination of puppets, songs and interesting objects, presided over by a genial host. But what Fred Rogers does so gently through his puppetry, music and conversation sets this program apart from anything else on television. For his young friends know that from the tjme Rogers comes on camera removing his coat and getting into his "play clothes," he is there just to be with them, to play with them, listen to them, and help them express a/id come to terms with the hopes and fears their dreams are made of. And like the rest of us, young children do not for long expose their thoughts and emotions in an intensive environment. They bring them forth only in a relationship of complete trust. Creation of that relationship is the ministry and accomplishment of Fred Rogers. "Misterogers' Neighborhood," in its entirety and in each specific part, aims quietly to elicit and develop (he feelings of those who watch it. Each program concentrates on one element of the child's feelings - pride in growth, fear of the dark, anxiety about a new baby, or perhaps fear of dying or bodily barm. In contrast to those in television who direct a mindless barrage of frenzied action, unmotivated violence and SUNDAY, JULY 27, l%9 Today's Programs All times Central Daylight STUDENTS: Start m«rk network program tfiot will tupplenttmt your work in KttrHure, h'utory, Kttnct, trt or contemporary «//«in. *Lomp Unto My Feet "Conversations on the American Jew," first of two-part broadcast dealing with problems on assimilation ajul identity in today's society. Among topics to be discussed on first program will be Jewish "differences" and characteristics in American society, tension among Jewish young people who refuse to see themselves as separate or special, intermarriage, and potential threats of anti-semitism. 9 a.m., CBS: KEYC-TV, KGLO-TV, KHQA-TV, KRNT-TV, WHBF-TV, WKBT. WMT-TV. if Look Up and Live In the third of a four-part series, the evolution and accomplishments of Spanish-American poor in New Mexico is studied. The program was filmed in and around Taos in northern New Mexico, where most of the self-help projects of the people have been undertaken. 9:30 a.m., CBS: KEYC-TV, KGLO-TV, KHQA-TV, KRNT-TV, WHBF-TV, WKBT, WMT-TV. Camera Three In "Sounds for Silents," Charles Hofmarm, musical director of the department of film in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, reminisces about the days when a theater pianist plunked accompaniment to wild train chases and tender love scenes on the silent screen. 10 a.m., CBS: KEYC-TV, KGLO-TV, KHQA-TV, KMEG, KRNT-TV, WHBF-TV, WKBT, WMT-TV. WOW-TV. Discover/ An examination of the way of life on the fishing island of St. Pierre, French possession in North America, and a visit with Paul Urdanabia, a dory-fislrermdn, and his family ire- run). 10:30 a.m., ABC: KAUS-TV, KCAU-TV, KCRG-TV, KETV, KQW, KTVO, WOI-TV, WQAD-TV. if Face the Nation Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird is the scheduled guest. 10:30 a.m., CBS: WMT-TV; 11:30 a.m., KELO-TV, KEYC-TV. KGLO-TV, KHQA-TV, KMEG, KRNT-TV, WHBF- TV, WKBT, WOW-TV. if Meet the Press Senator Russell B. Long (Dem., La.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is the scheduled guesl. Noon, NBC: KMTV, KROC-TV, KSOO-TV, KTIV, WOC-TV; 1 p.m., KVFD-TV, WHO-TV; 3:30 p.m., KWWL-TV. Issues and Answers Scheduled guest is former Secretary of State Dean Rusk. 12:30 p.m., ABC: KAUS-TV, KCAU-TV, KCRG-TV, KQTV, KTVO, WOI-TV: 2:30 p.m., KETV. * Baseball ' The Minnesota Twins meet the Cleveland Indians, 12:25 p.m., KWWL-TV, 12:30 p.m., KROC-TV, KSOO-TV. The Los Angeles Dodgers play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, 1 p.m., WOI-TV, WQAD-TV, 1:15 p.m., KCRG-TV, WKBT. NFL Action Hidden microphones and sideline cameras capture the emotional, mental and physical gamut run by coaches of the National and American Football Leagues during the heat of gridiron contests. 3 p.m., .CBS: KELO-TV, KEYC-TV, KGLO-TV KHQA-TV, KMEG, KRNT-TV, WHBF-TV, WMT-TV, WOW-TV. if Summer Focus A probing survey of public assistance programs in the United States features a panel of politicians, economists and SUNDAY PROGRAMS- Please turn to Page four. nuuh crusswoiti: Fuge 11 MISTEROGERS- Please turn to Page Five

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