Old Friends, New Friends
and Fred Rogers Heroes


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Fred did two series of documentary programs for PBS. Old Friends…New Friends (1978) and Fred Rogers' Heroes (1994), portraits of a wide and wild variety of people from around the country. He invited me to produce and direct both series.

My favorite was about sculptor Edgar Tolson, one of the great American folk artists of the last century whom I had met while working at the Smithsonian. The days we spent with him and his family in rural Kentucky – including introducing Edgar to Fred Rogers and seeing them take each other's measure – were among the most memorable of my life; likewise the hours in the editing room studying Edgar at work, absorbing his voice, vocabulary, cadence, and those of his wife and children, building the documentary encounter with Edgar and his world.

Read more about my work for PBS with Fred Rogers:
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

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