2009-03-26 / Local & State

Mister Rogers Fans Urged To Don Those Sweaters

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Fans of children's public television pioneer Mister Rogers are urged to wear their favorite sweaters to mark what would have been Fred Rogers 81st birthday.

Family Communications Inc. of Pittsburgh is promoting the "Sweater Day'' to honor Fred Rogers who died of cancer in February 2002 at age 74. Rogers created the company to produce his "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'' show and other educational fare. Rogers donned a sweater and tennis shoes to begin each show.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is accepting donated sweaters as part of a clothing drive in Rogers' honor.

And St. Vincent College near Rogers' birthplace of Latrobe is celebrating with a food drive. The private Catholic college is home to the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media.

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