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TV Note: 3/10/03

Monday, March 10, 2003

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

'SNL' salutes Rogers

NBC's "Saturday Night Live," which poked fun at Fred Rogers in "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood" skits during the Eddie Murphy years, offered a respectful, sincere tribute in Saturday's show, the first live broadcast since Rogers' death on Feb. 27.

Late in the broadcast, cast member Horatio Sanz, wearing a yellow cardigan sweater, sat alone on a darkened stage and sang Rogers' "You Are Special."

"Thanks, Mister Rogers," Sanz said afterwards as a trolley scooted past on the stage behind him.

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