This Was Television On October 19

1964: Fred Rogers moves into his first neighborhood

 Before becoming a television icon, Fred Rogers co-hosted the Canadian children’s series Butternut Square, which debuted on the CBC on this date. The program ran until 1967, allowing him to further develop his Mr. Rogers persona before beginning his signature series on American public television in 1968.

Butternut Square also featured a prototype version of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe which became so popular with the Canadian people it was later incorporated as the province of Nova Scotia. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Joy Bryant, Braverman kin (36); Omar Gooding, wild & crazy (36); Desmond Harrington, Miami Metro (36); Chris Kattan, SNLer (42); John Lithgow, extra-terrestrial (67); Tony Lo Bianco, cop (76); Trey Parker, animator (43); Robert Reed, a man named Brady (d. 1992).

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