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Neighbor Profile: Lawrence Martin

I have dubbed Lawrence Martin the Mister Rogers Neighborhood superfan. He has shared his story on the Neighborhood Archive Podcast and contributes frequently on the Archive Message Board. Sit back and get to know a little more about one of Mister Rogers' biggest fans -- Lawrence Martin.

1. When / how did you become a fan of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood?

I have always like watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood since I was four years of age. I have seen and heard 47 years of the Neighborhood -- most have been seen from 1987 to present day which means I have seen reruns from 1970-2001 on TV and heard albums that go back to 1954. I saw at The Palely Center for Media in New York the first program that went national on February 19, 1968 and the first color program from 1969.

Since 2008, The Fred Rogers Company has done a thing called "Won't You Be My Neighbor Day" on March 20th and I put on a sweater on that day.

During the run of the Neighborhood, I got to meet David Newell -- first in 1989 at my neighborhood mall in California and then both David Newell and Fred Rogers on June 19, 1991 in Pittsburgh at WQED. You can read about my visit HERE and or you can hear my interview on Episode 21 of the Neighborhood Archive Podcast.

2. What is your favorite Neighborhood song? Why?

I love all the songs that Fred wrote over the years. My favorite is Goodnight God. It is a little like a prayer and is a song I play just before I go to sleep.

3. Person or puppet, who is your favorite Neighborhood character and why?

Daniel Striped Tiger is my favorite. I have a huge Daniel Tiger collection -- puppets, doll, VHS, and a magnet. All of those toys have the watch on the left paw and I always have my watch on the left arm.

4. What is your favorite Neighborhood moment from any episodes you recall?

It's so hard to choose, but I have to say that any visit to Negri's Music Shop because I love music. A moment that I really like was from Episode 1276 When Mister Rogers goes to Chef Brockett's Bakery to make a Purple Cow -- which is grape juice, vanilla ice cream, and soda fizz. I have made that drink since I was four years of age.

5. What is one main lesson you have learned from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood?

I would have to say kindness, love, and "deep and simple."


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