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A tribute to Mr Rogers

A television host. A cultural icon. A friend. A man named Fred Rogers hosted the television show Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood for 33 seasons. In the United States, 20th March is National “Wear a Sweater Day” in honor of Mr Rogers. But why is he worthy of such an honor? And what does wearing a sweater have to do with all of this?

Fred Rogers didn’t like television, which is why he decided to dedicate his life to it. “In fact,” he said, “I went into television because I hated it, and I thought there was some way of using this fabulous instrument to nurture those who would watch and listen.” That was when he began to work for a local television station in Pittsburgh on a show called The Children’s Corner. On that show, he did the voices for several puppets. After working there, he developed a shorter version of the show Mr Rogers' Neighborhood. A longer version eventually aired on PBS in 1968, and stayed there for 33 seasons.

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The latest issue of Hot English (172 – the September issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 12 phrases to improve your speaking skills, 12 prepositions of movement, 8 “crime” idioms, 7 phrasal verbs for talking about pets, 10 words for talking about the environment, 20 words and expressions for talking about baseball... plus: • Grammar – modal verbs • World culture – coffee or tea? • Humour – toilet stories • Communication – how to talk in sound bites • Technology – robotics • Travel – travel apps • Food – onion rings • Work – annoying office habits • US culture – Saturday Night Live • Conversation – how to take turns in English • Cooperation – how to brainstorm • Horror – spooky clown story • News – photos in the news • Music – Michael Jackson. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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