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This week’s #tbt features Mr. Rogers, bc won’t you be my neighbor?

Also it’s timely because Dartmouth announced yesterday that Mindy Kaling will deliver this year’s commencement address! Woop woop.

Television personality Fred McFeely Rogers waits in line before the start of Dartmouth College’s graduation ceremony in Hanover, N.H., on June 9, 2002. As Rogers returned to his seat after giving the commencement speech, one person in the crowd yelled, “We love you, Mr. Rogers.” (Valley News – Tom Rettig) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

More throwbacks at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram.

Mindy Kaling will deliver Dartmouth’s commencement address in June

Actress Mindy Kaling attends the Hulu 2017 Upfront Presentation at La Sirena on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Award-winning actress, writer and producer Mindy Kaling will deliver the Dartmouth College 2018 commencement address in June, the school announced today. (Click through to read more at the Valley News website, and find a full story in Thursday’s paper.)

I’m currently in the midst of a Mindy Project binge on Hulu so let me just say …


Kaling follows several other TV personalities who have delivered addresses in recent years, including Jake Tapper in 2017, Shonda Rhimes in 2014 and Conan O’Brien in 2011. 

Conan was one of three Dartmouth speakers on NPR’s list —  first published in May 2014 and updated in July 2015 — of the best commencement speeches, ever. The list includes 350 speeches dating back to 1774. The others from Dartmouth were Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, in 2002, and Elie Wiesel, in 2006.

The full list of Dartmouth’s commencement speakers, plus a bunch of other facts, is here.

Watch Tapper’s, Rhimes’ and O’Brien’s speeches in the videos below.

RELATED: Mindy Kaling to Speak at Dartmouth Graduation

‘The Godfather’ author’s papers, typewriter gifted to Dartmouth College — and the collection’s on display starting next week

Mario Puzo at work in his office on the Paramount Lot, 1969. (Photo by Bob Peterson. Courtesy of Dartmouth Library.)

I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse: You can go see a collection of The Godfather author Mario Puzo’s draft manuscripts, correspondence and other records — including a typewriter that he probably wrote The Godfather on — at Dartmouth from April 5 to June 30.

Via Julie Bonette, a Dartmouth College media relations officer:

A selection of The Godfather author Mario Puzo’s papers that were recently gifted to Dartmouth College will be on display from April 5 to June 30 in the Berry Main Street lobby of Baker-Berry Library. Diana and Bruce Rauner ’78 donated the papers to Dartmouth Library, where they will be permanently housed after the exhibit.


The collection is comprised of about 50 Bankers Boxes and includes draft manuscripts, correspondence and other records from Puzo’s long career as a novelist and screenwriter—even the 1965 Olympia typewriter on which he likely wrote The Godfather. The protagonist of the book is portrayed as a Dartmouth graduate, and both Hanover and Dartmouth appear in many of Puzo’s writings; Puzo spent summers in New Hampshire as a child. More information can be found in the following Dartmouth News article.