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Friday, February 27, 2009

Six years ago.

Illustration by Joe Heller

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Episode 1523 - Conflict

Original Air Date: November 9, 1983

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Episode 1522 - Conflict

Original Air Date: November 8, 1983

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Episode 1521 - Conflict

Original Air Date: November 7, 1983

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Episode 1755 - Curiosity

Original Air Date: February 25, 2000

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Episode 1754 - Curiosity

Original Air Date: February 24, 2000

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Tomorrow on the Children's Corner LP

Since Tony at Way Out Junk was kind enough to host an album on his blog, let me send you back his way for another. Many thanks to Tony and everyone else involved in the sharing of this album.

Tomorrow on the Children's Corner comes from the days prior to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood when Fred Rogers was a puppeteer for a program hosted by Josie Carey called the Children's Corner. Many of the characters from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe originated on the set of this program. This album is nothing short of a classic and a must-have for any fan of Mister Rogers. As far as I know, Tony's link to download mp3 files of the tracks from this album are still available on Way Out Junk. If anyone can verify a year for this album, I'd be curious to know exactly what year we're dealing with here. Many of the songs on this album also appear a few years later on Mister Rogers' album titled King Friday XIII Celebrates.

The back of the album explains the premise of the story found on this recording:
King Friday the Thirteenth is in a dilemma. He has just discovered that TOMORROW is missing! With only a few hours to search, the King appoints Daniel S. Tiger and Josie as special secret court detectives to discover the whereabouts of the lost day. Daniel tries out his French as he questions Grandpere, the French tiger who lives in his own Eiffel Tower. Josie does her best to keep the secret while she visits with X, the owl, and Henrietta, the pussycat. Without knowing it, they send her to Lady Elaine Fairchilde's carbarn where important developments take place! King Friday makes a royal decree and the inhabitants of THE CHILDREN'S CORNER look forward to a very special TOMORROW.

It's Morning
Those of you familiar with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood will recognize the tune of this song. While the lyrics are very different, the tune is identical to that of Tomorrow which ended Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for many years and also appeared on LP releases such as King Friday XIII Celebrates. Following this song, Daniel Tiger offers Josie hamburger for breakfast but when she declines, he lets her know that "I like you as you are."

I Like You As You Are
Daniel Tiger and Josie sing this song together -- earlier version than that which appears on King Friday XIII Celebrates. After this song, Josie and Daniel agree on a breakfast and Josie goes into the next song as Daniel prepares the meal.

What Would You Like To Do Today
Josie Carey's brief song about the many opportunities that each person is faced with each and every day. Daniel then receives a telephone call from King Friday who requests a visit from Josie and Daniel. Daniel reminds Josie to remember her smile as they visit the King.

Smile In Your Pocket
Josie sings this song as she and Daniel prepare for their visit with King Friday. The idea behind this song suggests that a smile "in your pocket" does no good because a smile belongs on your face. King Friday presents himself and...

I'm Busy Being Busy
...sings about how busy he is. King Friday makes Josie and Daniel royal detectives as he reveals that Tomorrow has been lost.

Where Did You Go Tomorrow?
King Friday, Daniel, and Josie sing a song about the lost Tomorrow pleading for its return. King Friday says that he has "talked with Today and he says he can't possibly be Today again tomorrow. He's used up all his material." Daniel and Josie are sent off to find Tomorrow.

Looking For a Friend
Josie is perfectly fit to look for Tomorrow as she tells Daniel that she has looked for many things before: "Of course, the thing I like to look for best is a good friend." This song, performed by Josie and Daniel, also appears on

King Friday XIII Celebrates sung by Cornflake S. Pecially. Following this song Daniel and Josie visit Grandpere to ask if he has seen Tomorrow.

It Makes Handsome
Grandpere expresses his thoughts on the day by singing that "it makes handsome today." Daniel stays to talk more with Grandpere with Josie leaves to talk with X and "the Hen."

Find a Star
This song also appears on Mister Rogers' album King Friday XIII Celebrates where it is performed by John Reardon.


A very fast-paced and entertaining conversation between Josie and X the Owl. X explains what he knows about the days of the week: "Tomorrow is the day after today. Today will be yesterday tomorrow and tomorrow will be today tomorrow. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is the weekend and Monday and Tuesday is the stong end."

A Fine Feathered Friend
X the Owl and Josie sing this song after talking about X's friends from the OCS -- the Owl Correspondance School. After the song, Henrietta Pussycat comes out and X mentions how pretty and stylish Henrietta is. Josie says that she thinks that "a smile's the style."

A Smile's the Style
This song, performed by Josie Carey, was sung occasionally on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Yes, Mr. Rogers Has a Telephone
Henrietta Pussycat mentions that she talks with Mister Rogers on the telephone and sings this very short song. There's really not much to this song -- especially considering that on this album, a majority of Henrietta's vocabulary consists of "meows" (moreso than usual). Also, I found the title of this track to be interesting. Very rarely do you see Mister Rogers' name with the abbreviated "Mr."

You're Special
Josie tries to subtly ask Henrietta and X if they know anything about Tomorrow but she feels let down when they don't seem to be of any help. X lifts Josie's spirits by singing this song to her to let her know that she is special. X follows up the song by reciting his poem about letter Y -- "Y by X." X then refers Josie to his "left wing neighbor," Lady Elaine Fairhchilde, who lives in a carbarn instead of the more familiar Museum-Go-Round. According to X, "the Trolley stays there when it's not running and Lady Elaine Fairchilde has her rapid walking, beauty counseling, and professional bridesmaid school there."

Where Did You Go Tomorrow?
Josie sings this song as she continues searching for Tomorrow and heads to visit Lady Elaine Fairchilde. Instead of the slightly-arrogant Lady Elaine we are used to from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, this track introduces us to a much more eccentric Lady Elaine.

I'm Special / The Tame Tiger March
Lady Elaine sings this song in response to Josie's assertion that she looks a little strange. Following this song, Josie learns that Tomorrow is locked up in Lady Elaine's office. According to Lady Elaine, "You see, I needed a little extra time so I thought the logical place to find it was at the new days home. So I just stole over there and stole a day."

La Nuit / The Tame Tiger March
This duet is performed in French by Daniel Tiger and Grandpere. After the song, Josie and Daniel meet up and go together to return Tomorrow to the castle. Upon Tomorrow's return, King Friday issues a proclamation stating that Daniel and Josie will be allowed to help him rule for one day for their help in finding Tomorrow. Also on this track, we learn that all of this is not taking place in the familar Neighborhood of Make-Believe. In the early days of these characters, their home was CalendarLand.

This album wraps up with this song sung by Daniel and Josie to the same tune as the first track, It's Morning. This song went on to be used as the closing theme for many years on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

For more on this LP, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Episode 1753 - Curiosity

Original Air Date: February 23, 2000

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Episode 1752 - Curiosity

Original Air Date: February 22, 2000

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Episode 1751 - Curiosity

Original Air Date: February 21, 2000

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Monday, February 16, 2009

A Place of Our Own LP [1972]

SPC 5138
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 30:49

All but one of the Mister Rogers LPs that I own today have been picked up randomly throughout my adulthood. This is the only one from my actual childhood. Among the superhero and Sesame Street albums my brother and I listened to as kids, A Place of Our Own could also be found in our Justice League of America record case. This is one of at least three different releases of this album.


A Place of My Own
Mister Rogers opens this album with a song about how children need a place to call their own. Just as dishes and socks have a specific place where they belong, children also need a place to call their own whether it be a "step on a staircase" or a "spot anywhere."

It's Such a Good Feeling
The classic song which ended Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for so many years. Only a slight variation on the lyrics we're all used to from the television program: "When you wake up ready to say, I think I'll grow twelve inches today."

You Are Pretty
Heading into a brief time of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin sings this song with Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl.

A Lonely Kind of Thing
Mister Rogers plays some loud music for children to listen to when they are angry before he goes into this song for children to sing when they are lonely.

Wishes Don't Make Things Come True
Back to Make-Believe, Handyman Negri sings this song to Lady Elaine who has wished for him to be stuck in the ground. As mentioned before, this song is in stark contrast to the song Find a Star found on the King Friday the XIII Celebrates LP.

You Will Not Go
Lady Elaine sings this slightly-eerie song to Handyman Negri as he tries to head towards the castle. She assumes that her wish will come true but finds that Handyman Negri is not actually stuck.

A Handy Lady and a Handy Man
As Lady Elaine realizes that Handyman Negri is not stuck at her Museum-Go-Round, she invites him to come back later so they can have a "handy lady and a handy man." Mister Rogers concludes Side 1 by talking about how wishes do not make things come true -- regardless of how hard a person wants them to come true.


I Did Too
Mister Rogers sings this song about his experiences as a child which are very similar to the experiences of many children listening to the album.

Look and Listen
Mister Rogers talks about different morning sounds such as an alarm clock, running water, and a toilet flushing: "There are so many interesting things to see and hear." This leads into this popular song from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Hello There
After talking about how wonderful it is to have loving people around you, Mister Rogers mentions that teachers can also care about children as well. Lady Aberlin then sings this very simple and quiet song.

Propel Propel Propel Your Craft
King Friday sings a slightly lethargic version of his popular Row Row Row Your Boat interpretation as heard on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as well as the King Friday the XIII Celebrates LP.

Many Ways to Say I Love You
Handyman Negri and Lady Aberlin teach King Friday that there are many ways to express love by singing this song.

I Need You
Mister Rogers concludes this album with this song about the importance of friendships: "A bird needs air for its wings to fly. A boat needs water to float. A teacher needs students who want to know why. An election needs a vote. Or a lining needs a coat. Just as I need you so I can be who I am. You need me so you can be yourself. We both need each other so we can be who we are. We are friends."

For more on this release of A Place of Our Own, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Episode 1655 - Learning

Original Air Date: August 28, 1992

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Many Ways to Say I Love You [1977]

Seeing as how today is Valentine's Day and all, I figured there was no better time than today to post one of my favorite pieces of Mister Rogers memorabilia I've come across to date. Many Ways to Say I Love You is a book compiled for "people who care about children."

Officially titled Fred Rogers Writes and Sings About Many Ways to Say I Love You for People Who Care About Children, this book is made up of two separate parts. The first half is dedicated to the lyrics of seven of Mister Rogers' songs. For each song, there is a page featuring the lyrics and a page with a message from Mister Rogers to the adults reading the book. The second half of the book contains the official sheet music for each of these songs.

In addition to the lyrics and sheet music, the inside cover holds a 33 1/3 RPM floppy record with audio recording of Mister Rogers singing each of these songs as well.

Won't You Be My Neighbor
There Are Many Ways to Say I Love You
What Do You Do?
A Lonely Kind of Thing

It's You I Like
The Truth Will Make Me Free
It's Such a Good Feeling

What I find most interesting about this book are its religious themes. This book is very clearly written from a Christian viewpoint and does not attempt to mask or water down the faith of Fred Rogers. While the messages from Mister Rogers to adults throughout the book are focused on religious topics, the back cover of the book summarizes this publication's intent most clearly:
Fred Rogers has written this book for parents and others who care about children. He invites adults to reflect upon the many different ways in which love can be expressed. Adults can model these ways of expressing love, even when angry and upset, so that children can learn to be honest and free, accepting themselves and loving others as Jesus taught. 
Mister Rogers communicates this message through the words of the text and through seven songs whose words and music are included in the book. There is also and accompanying record of these songs. 
Fred Rogers is well known for his program on educational television, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Through the years he has helped children to deal with their feelings in an open and honest way. Now he encourages other adults to share in this ministry.
For more on Many Ways to Say I Love You, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Prosperous Interval of Time, King Friday

"The day of the week is Friday and the day of the month thirteen..." - King Friday XIII

What better way to celebrate King Friday's birthday than with the opportunity to hear King Friday XIII Celebrates for yourself?

Our neighbor Tony over at Way Out Junk is kindly hosting an mp3 version of this LP today as we pay tribute to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe's royal leader and wish him a "prosperous interval of time!"

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Episode 1654 - Learning

Original Air Date: August 27, 1992

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Episode 1653 - Learning

Original Air Date: August 26, 1992

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Episode 1652 - Learning

Original Air Date: August 25, 1992

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Episode 1651 - Learning

Original Air Date: August 24, 1992

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Separated at Birth? [1988]

Back in the late 80's, my brother and I had a book called Separated at Birth?.

In this book, the authors used pictures of celebrities that looked alike and placed them side by side humorously suggesting that the two were separated at birth. Some of the pairs were funny such as the photos of Don Knotts and Mick Jagger on the book's cover. Others were simply uncanny -- like the images of Dom DeLuise and Paul Prudhomme also found on the cover.

But Michael Dukakis and Fred Rogers? I don't see it.

ISBN 0-385-24744-3

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Episode 1520 - Day Care & Night Care

Original Air Date: April 29, 1983

For details on Episode 1520, visit the Neighborhood Archive.