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Genre: Historical/Biographical Fiction
Word Count: 100
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
Resting his chin on his palm, Freddie pouted and stared out the window.
Fred McPheely ached for his grandson whose asthma prevented him from roughhousing outside with other children.
Sinking down beside him, Fred ruffled his namesake’s hair. “Feeling blue, kiddo?”
“Yeah, I guess so.” The boy sniffed. “Grandpa, why do neighborhood kids make fun of me?”
“Can’t say. Maybe they just need love. One thing I do know…”
Freddie never forgot what his grandfather said next. As Mister Rogers, he repeated it every afternoon to four generations of young television audiences across America.
“You make my day very special.”
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Fred Roegers – 1928-2003
Farewell to Trolley, King Friday, Queen Sarah Saturday, Officer Clemmons, Mr. McPheely. Daniel Tiger and the gang. You made us all feel very special.