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Posted: March 20, 2015

Happy birthday to everyone's neighbor

If he was still alive, Fred Rogers would have turned 87, March 20.

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By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

PITTSBURGH —

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"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood."

Just hearing those words can take many adults back to their childhood, an afternoon, when there were only a few channels, no streaming, no dvrs and being greeted with "Hello neighbor."  

You knew what was next, the jacket came off, the sweater went on.  The dress shoes changed into tennis shoes ready for serious play.

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March 20, which is coincidently the first day of spring, was everyone's neighbor, Fred Rogers, or Mr. Rogers to many generations all over the country, was his birthday.  He would be celebrating 87 years, if Pittsburgh, and children wouldn't have lost a public television icon in 2003. 

But kids in 2015, and their families, still are being influenced by the message of "you are special," learning all you can learn, and loving one another thanks to technology that wasn't even a flicker when "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" was on the air in 1968, all thanks to "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," introduced in 2013 and based on one of his beloved characters Daniel the Striped Tiger, and services like Amazon Prime or YouTube, where you can stream the classic episodes all the way back to the first one.

Pittsburgh still celebrates Mr. Rogers and his birthday. 

The Pittsburgh Children's Museum was free Friday to allow children to play, if they would donate a gently used book, WPXI reported.  The museum is home to Roger's puppets, Daniel the Striped Tiger, X the Owl, King Friday and Queen Sara Saturday.

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