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Local Author John Pozza & His New Book on Fred Rogers

John Pozza


Brookville resident John Pozza will be at Foxburg’s Red Brick Gallery to sign copies and speak about his newest book, Conversations on the Neighborhood: Fred Rogers’ Lasting Legacy from 1:00 PM to closing on Saturday, October 14 before the 7:30 concert of internationally acclaimed Brazilian recording artist, KENIA, and on Sunday, October 15, during Foxburg’s Fall Festival.

Also in the Upstairs Gallery is the exhibit of painter Geoff Dunn – The Conservancy Paintings. The exhibit features plein air paintings depicting land and waters protected by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy which has protected a quarter of a million acres of land and waterways in Western Pennsylvania since 1932. Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop is located at 17 Main Street, Foxburg and weekend hours are Fridays 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturdays 11:00 AM –7:00 PM, and Sundays 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM.

Fred Rogers (1928-2003) became a pioneer in children’s educational television with his weekday nationally broadcast “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” that aired for over 50 years on the Public Broadcasting Service. Using The Neighborhood television program and other outlets, Rogers was able to bring awareness to the importance of early childhood learning to a mass audience.

Through his Ask the Expert - Quality Early Learning radio show and podcast, author John Pozza draws on his interviews with five of Fred Rogers’ closest associates to make you feel as if you’re listening to an interview with Fred Rogers himself.

Partnering with radio co-host Joe Taylor, the two invite you to eavesdrop into their open and frank discussions with: William Isler, former president and chief executive officer of Fred Rogers Productions in Pittsburgh; Maxwell King, author of The Good Neighbor, the definitive and only biography on the life and work of Fred Rogers; Karen Struble Myers, former director of development and communications at the former Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media in Latrobe, Pa.; Margy Whitmer, one of the original producers of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood at WQED in Pittsburgh; and Dr. Dana Winters, executive director of the center’s now renamed Fred Rogers Institute.

Through probing questions, the interviews help us learn more deeply how Rogers, working collaboratively with experts in child development, not only gave us the building blocks of self-esteem, but taught us all about tolerance and acceptance before we could even say the words. The books are also available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

John has enjoyed a long career in journalism, organizational communications, human services and education – and has previously written his memoir, Was Anybody Really Listening? Trials and Tribulations of a Sports Broadcaster. This memoir takes one on a journey through his 25-year career in sports and news broadcasting. He worked in radio, television and newspapers in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, NJ, Morgantown, WV, and in the local areas of DuBois, Brookville and Clarion.

Today John has a regular column, “Down Life’s Crazy Road”, that appears in the monthly Brookville, Brockway and Clarion Mirror. John has also been published in the Watershed Journal, the Jeffersonian Journal, the Jeffersonian-Democrat, the Courier-Express, Tri-County Weekend, the Leader-Vindicator, the Clarion News and the Derrick. He resides in Brookville with his wife Lisa, and their three cats Rusty, Ginger and Buttercup.

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