Of course, the actual Mister (Fred) Rogers passed away in 2003, and it has been a comfort to know that we could at least hear his soothing, friendly voice and watch him change his shoes and cardigans every weekday on PBS. But it looks like episodes of the show will dwindle from TV, living on mostly in our memories (and, of course, on YouTube). PBS has plans to change the airing of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from daily episodes to "a single episode per weekend to member stations."
Unless, that is, Brian Linder's Save Mister Rogers' Neighborhood campaign is successful. A staunch defender of Mister Rogers, Linder writes that the "unfortunate decision" on the part of PBS "essentially silences the special nurturing voice of Mister Rogers in the daily lives of today’s children." He asks Rogers' fans to contact PBS and express displeasure about this move, and to spread the word to friends and family (which could include joining the group on Facebook).
The Save Mister Rogers' Neighborhood campaign even comes with an easy, built-in tag line: Won't you be our neighbor? I mean. . . won't you?