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"Won't You Be My Neighbor" with commentary by writer Tom Junod

  • Presented By: NYS Writers Institute 135 Western Avenue, UAlbany Downtown Campus, Albany, NY 12203 Albany, NY 12203
  • Dates: May 3, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    Tom Junod will provide commentary and answer questions following a screening of the award-winning 2018 documentary, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR, about the life and legacy of his friend Fred Rogers, the beloved star of MR. ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD.

    Junod interviewed Fred Rogers for a widely-circulated 1998 Esquire profile titled, “Can You Say… Hero?”

    That piece of journalism provides the basis of a feature film about Rogers starring Tom Hanks titled A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, due for release in November 2019.

    In his eulogy for Fred Rogers, Junod wrote:

    “... I wrote about Fred for Esquire in 1998. People were always amazed when I said that Fred and I had stayed in touch after my story—that we spoke on the phone a couple of times a year and that Fred had written me well over 100 e-mails—but once you entered into Fred's life, well, there was no doubt that he would enter into yours.

    He was not only the kindest man I'd ever met but also one of the most fiercely disciplined, to the degree that he saw nothing but the good in other human beings. When he saw the good in me, he fixed on it, and there was a never a moment in which he didn't try to make me live up to it, by word, or by example, or, most often, by prayer.” 

    Junod, UAlbany graduate and Senior Writer for ESPN magazine, is the author of some of the most celebrated pieces in American magazine writing. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award a record ten times, winning twice.