Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Festival Opera

“An opera is a story that people sing,” said Fred Rogers, in introducing the 1980 episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” featuring his one-act opera “Windstorm in Bubbleland.”

Photo by Jim Judkis

For freelance photographer Jim Judkis, shooting Fred Rogers behind-the-scenes for magazine stories in the 1970s and ’80s resulted in some of his most memorable assignments. Judkis was impressed by the attention to detail he saw on the set of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” at WQED, and by the depth of Rogers’ connection with children he met in the community.