In 1982, Fred Rogers was at Rockefeller Center in New York and had just finished taping a segment of Late Night With David Letterman. According to David Newell, who accompanied Fred on the trip, staff suggested Fred stop by the set of Saturday Night Live, which taped on the building’s ninth floor and meet Eddie Murphy. Mr. Murphy did a very popular parody of the Neighborhood called Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood. Fred said he enjoyed Eddie Murphy’s work on the show and as his own alter ego and agreed to go up and tell him that.
As David Newell relates, “Fred knocked on Eddie’s dressing room door. When Eddie opened it, he took a step back, surprised, then got a big smile on his face and said ‘The REAL Mister Rogers’ and hugged Fred.”
Today’s Photo of the Week is from a Polaroid taken that day.