Google Celebrates Anniversary Of 1st Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Taping

Watch the beautiful stop-motion tribute

Andrew Limberg
September 21, 2018 - 10:02 am
Fred Rogers

Credit: Jim Judkis / Focus Features

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - 51 years ago, on September 21, 1967, Fred Rogers recorded the very first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood at WQED Pittsburgh.

To celebrate the historic taping, Google teamed up with Fred Rogers Productions, The Fred Rogers Center and BixPix Entertainment to create a memorable, stop-motion, Google doodle that will appear on the search engine’s homepage all day Friday.

The episode would debut on PBS, then the National Education Television network, on February 19, 1968.

Our friends at The Odd, Mysterious and Fascinating History of Pittsburgh on Facebook posted the first episode earlier this year on the 50th anniversary.

David Newell from Mr. Roger's Neighborhood was on the KDKA Radio Afternoon News and said, "51 years ago today, I was in my McFeely costume doing Mr. McFeely for the very first time and it is bringing back a lot of memories."

Newell added that even after all these years he has never once regreted playing Mr. McFeely, saying, "I have loved every day of it."

Listen to the full interview with David Newell below.

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