Simple & Deep™ Podcast

Fred's Friend: An Interview with former Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Director, Paul Lally

January 26, 2020 Wysteria Edwards BA, Ed.M. Season 1 Episode 6
Simple & Deep™ Podcast
Fred's Friend: An Interview with former Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Director, Paul Lally
Show Notes

Paul Lally has an impressive career spanning over forty years in television and film production. He has written, produced, and directed for both PBS and commercial television, making a name for himself in America and around the globe.

Some notable projects include writing the screenplay for American Playhouse's "Alias Jimmy Valentine" and creating screenplays for Walt Disney's "Red Riding Hood" and "Hansel and Gretel." Paul also had the privilege of directing and writing for the beloved show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for ten wonderful years.

In addition, Paul hosted and narrated a collection of captivating children's television storytelling series, including "Gather 'Round," "Gather 'Round Again," and "Teletales." These nostalgic series can now be enjoyed on Vimeo, transporting you back to your carefree childhood days.

Paul's talents extend beyond television, as he has also narrated musical performances with esteemed orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. From Tubby the Tuba to Aaron Copland's masterpiece "Lincoln Portrait," Paul's versatile narration skills have left a lasting impression.

But how does Paul make a living, aside from his writing endeavors? He proudly serves as the executive producer for America's longest-running cooking show, "Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito." This role allows him to earn his daily bread and indulge in his passion for pasta.

In essence, Paul Lally is a multi-talented individual. He is a busy novelist, poet, father, grandfather, model railroader, gardener, handyman, and skilled cook - all thanks to Mary Ann Esposito's influence. Discover the many facets of Paul's incredible journey, and prepare to be inspired.

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