When I think about memorable sweaters from my childhood — and I know, you're thinking, "why is Buzz talking about sweaters?" but bear with me — two folks immediately come to mind: Bill Cosby, who as Cliff Huxtable inflicted no shortage of brightly patterned '80s knitwear on unsuspecting children in his viewing audience, and Mr. Rogers, whose cozy cardigans are forever burned into my memory. So, imagine my surprise when newsy items about both sets of sweaters popped up recently. Check it out:
- In case you've always fantasized about owning one of the Huxtable sweaters — which, if you think about it, really do say so much about the '80s — you'll actually have a chance next month. Many of the worst style offenders will be put up for auction in April at a special "garage sale" event in Miami, with proceeds going to the Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation, an educational charity.
- Unfortunately, lucky bidders won't have their sweaters soon enough to wear them for an official Sweater Day in honor of Mr. Rogers. Fred Rogers would have turned 80 on March 20, and to celebrate his memory, the producers of his show are asking everyone to break out their favorite sweaters on that day. No, cardigans are not required.
I might just have to wear my sweater with some sneakers, just like Mr. Rogers always did. To watch a video about Sweater Day starring everyone's favorite mailman, Mr. McFeely, just read more.