Intern Journal #9: Welcome to the Neighborhood
For decades, Mr. Rogers has taught us what it means to be a good neighbor. He encouraged us, both as kids and even now, to teach by example, wonder about things, and be ourselves.
When receiving the Lifetime Achievement award at the 1997 Emmys, Fred Rogers brought the entire room to tears with his acceptance speech. Instead of going on about his accomplishments and rushing through an obligatory “thank you” list, he asked everyone to take 10 seconds with him "to think of the people who have helped you become who you are, those who cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life." "I'll count the time," he said gently, looking at his watch.
Though it took up a bit more than 10 seconds, PBS39 reflected in the same way on Wednesday night by honoring those who have made our community in the Lehigh Valley a better place to live, work, and raise a family at our Good Neighbor Celebration. Now, while Fred Rogers is the best neighbor any one of us has ever had, the recipients of the Good Neighbor Award sure gave him a run for his money.
Being the lucky intern that I am, I got to participate in this event as Daniel Tiger, the son of the original Daniel Striped Tiger on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and the star of the popular PBS KIDS animated series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. From inside the costume, I had a very unique perspective, interacting with guests as a costumed character and watching them enjoy the event. It was a fun job, and one I would definitely do again!