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Mr. Rogers and Cosby Sweaters Get a Moment in the Spotlight

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



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EllaDee EllaDee 9 years
Mister Rogers. He just makes you smile.
kelsey6 kelsey6 9 years
Aw! I will definitely wear my sweater on thursday :)
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Loved Mr. Rogers you could just tell he was a great man. I also love the Cosby show it comes on really late and even though I've seen every episode at least 50 times I still can't get enough it's just classic, wonderful, and funny TV. I was just laughing with my fam today about the epi where Theo & Denise got into a car accident with Stevie Wonder and they were all happy....ahh the good ol days of TV!
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
haha, I saw the Wear a Sweater Day on Facebook. I loved Mr.Rogers when I was a kid. He the man!! lol ;) Cliff Huxtable was cool too.
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
Aaaaamen, minaminamina! Mr. Rogers was a wonderful person and remains one of those people I admire and try to emulate. I hope all you lucky Pittsburgh-area folks have a great week and I'll be thinking of you when I'm wearing a sweater on Thurs!
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
Mr. Rogers was such a good man. I remember reading a profile on him shortly after he died that shared his mother had made all those cardigans for him, and he was involved in children's television out of a pure desire to counteract all the negativity he felt children were exposed to. We never had a television in my house, but my mother bought one just to play me videotapes of Mr. Rogers show. (and her Poirot mysteries!)
kitkat87 kitkat87 9 years
i'm from the pittsburgh area, too. i'll definitely be wearing my sweater on thursday :).
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks for this posting, Buzz! We live near Pittsburgh and have already chosen our favorite sweaters for the March 20 celebration. Fred Rogers is such an icon.
vickibug vickibug 9 years
We live in Pittsburgh and my daughter and I will most certainly be wearing our sweaters on Thursday.
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