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TV Notes: 5/2/03

Friday, May 02, 2003

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor


The International Astronomical Union named an asteroid in honor of the late Fred Rogers yesterday.

Asteroid No. 26858, discovered in 1993 by E.F. Helin at the Palomar Observatory, will be called MISTERROGERS in honor of the host of PBS's "Mister Rogers Neighborhood."

"I doubt that there are many who have not been touched in some way by the life and work of Fred Rogers," said John Radzilowicz in a statement. Radzilowicz, director of the Henry Buhl Jr. Planetarium and Observatory at the Carnegie Science Center, suggested the name.

Rogers died Feb. 27 at age 74 from stomach cancer.


In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, several WQED programs will explore the subject of depression.

Tonight at 10, "Black Horizons" will look at the perception and treatment of depression in the African-American community.

WQED's "On Q" (7:30 p.m. weeknights) will feature reports next week on depression. Reporter Michael Bartley will look at four types of depression: postpartum (Monday), child (Tuesday), late-life (Wednesday) and workplace stigma (Thursday). Phone banks will be staffed Monday and Tuesday to answer viewer questions.

On May 17, "AgeWise" will focus on grief counseling.

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