Anya Chan reflects on the career of Fred Rogers and the documentary about him, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” She discusses the courage he displayed to talk with children about pressing issues, ones that are typically reserved for adult conversations and examines the influence his positive outlook can have on today’s society.

Lena Armstrong
Sinking into my grandfather’s lap, I would listen to hours of “Jelly Stone National Park” and the “Laughing Man,” begging for just one more story. My grandfather wove elaborate tales of a great, big man with a large, permanent smile and amiable personality, the Laughing Man, which I eventually learned were not entirely his own creation but based on one in the collection of Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger.