Growing Up in the REAL Mister Rogers' Neighborhood:
Life Lessons from the Heart of Latrobe, Pennsylvania

By Chris Rodell / Foreword by Tom Ridge


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In a world that cries out for civility and healing, there’s now an uplifting book about Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood by an author who actually lives there. Chris Rodell is releasing, Growing Up in the REAL Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Life Lessons from the Heart of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

The book is about the influence Latrobe had on young Fred, the influence the adult Fred had on Latrobe and the influence both exerted on the author.

Governor Tom Ridge in the foreword says: “Rodell writes about Latrobe the way Sinatra sings about New York, unflinching about the gritty realities, but with abiding affection and relentless positivity about the future.”

Headlines include:
• Rogers was horribly bullied growing up in the town he would later exalt as the Land of Make-Believe
• Rogers and Arnold Palmer, two icons of international grace and sportsmanship, were small town rivals who never got along
• Visionary educators say Fred’s life lessons mean he should be considered on the same spiritual plain as men like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
• Rogers was NOT a Navy SEAL or an Army sniper, but he did do time in rehab. Really!
• Is it okay to compare Fred Rogers to Jesus Christ or is it blasphemy? Neighborhood clerics weigh in

About the Author:
CHRIS RODELL is the author of Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories Of The King, the quirky book about his oddball friendship with one of the planet’s most popular and beloved men. Other books include Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide To Simple Human Happiness, and The Last Baby Boomer: The Story of the Ultimate Ghoul Pool, a novel that was bestowed the 2017 TINARA Award for Outstanding Satire. In Rodell’s career as a freelance writer, he has wrestled alligators, raced Ferraris, gone skydiving, lain on beds of nails, and gained 20 pounds in one week eating like Elvis. He lives in Latrobe with his wife Valerie, their daughters, Josie and Lucy, and a small loud dog named Snickers.

Chris Rodell can be booked to entertain and inspire your group with Fred Rogers & the Urgent Benefits of Being Defiantly Kind, and other soulful topics.

To contact Chris or get signed copies of his book, call 724-961-2558 or email. Paperback $17.99 • 5x5" x 8.5" • 220 pages • ISBN-10: 1532080832 • Pub Date: September 10, 2019