Release Date: 1968 In response to Robert Kennedy’s assassination, Fred Rogers produced this primetime special [Not a Mr. Rogers Neighborhood episode] to help parents with this difficult tragedy and to give them ways to talk with their children about tragic events in the news.
Rogers, alarmed that America’s children were being exposed to unfiltered descriptions and images of the shocking event, had stayed up late to write it, with the goal of helping parents understand some of the emotions their children might be experiencing in the aftermath:
I’ve been terribly concerned about the graphic display of violence which the mass media has been showing recently. And I plead for your protection and support of your young children. There is just so much that a very young child can take without it being overwhelming. Open Culture
Today, with America’s current celluloid sweetheart — aka Tom Hanks — giving us his impressions of this actual “gentle”man it’s important to get a take on the original and not to be duplicated Mr. Rogers.
This clip showcases the casual talent, deep empathy, and natural beauty of Betty Aberlin (aka Lady Aberlin).