Neighborhood Stories

 

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George Hazimanolis, WQED Senior Director of Corporate Communications

Neighborhood Stories

George Hazimanolis, WQED Senior Director of Corporate Communications

Current Senior Director of Corporate Communications George Hazimanolis didn’t work on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, but he was working at WQED while it was being produced. He distinctly remembers two stories about Mister Rogers.

“I was calling him ‘Mr. Rogers’ when I first started at WQED, and after a couple weeks he put his hand on my shoulder and said in that distinctive voice, ‘Please, call me Fred,’” said Hazimanolis.

He also remembers a more personalized encounter.

“I produced the employee newsletter back then, and it was in print (before Internet), so it was distributed in holders on the wall by the elevators every month,” said Hazimanolis.  “I received a hand-written note from him thanking me for doing the newsletter and how nice it is for all the neighbors in the building to know what everyone is doing.  I still have that note.”

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Mr Rogers Neighborhood. Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian Vice President for Seminary Advancement at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary discusses Fred Rogers long relationship to the Seminary as a graduate.  She suggests where he got the idea for the Neighborhood and how his training as a Presbyterian Minister shaped his thinking and work. A room at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be named in Fred’s honor.