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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sesame Street Crossover [2005]

Last night, my kids and I were watching an episode of Sesame Street (What? You didn't think Mister Rogers Neighborhood was the only kid show we watch in our house, did you?). It was the third episode from Season 36 (2005).

In this episode, Snuffy wishes he could float like a cloud and is greeted by the Fairy Balloon Person played by Richard Kind.

After providing Snuffy with enough balloons to carry him into the sky, the Fairy Balloon Person hears a short musical jingle and a quick crossover takes place:
Fairy Balloon Person: "Uh oh. I hear a wish."
Fairy Balloon Person: "Somebody in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood wants a balloon. I bet it's a beautiful day there!"
If you're a Netflix subscriber, check this out sometime. This episode is one of the many available through their streaming service.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber-Monday Shopping

If you've got some items on your wishlist this holiday season that can be purchased through the Fred Rogers Company website, today's the day to buy! According to their Facebook page, on this Cyber-Monday, the FRC online store is offering 20% off all purchases.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Turkey Express and the Neighborhood Archive!

By the way, if you haven't listened already, check out the most recent podcast for a quick Thanksgiving greeting!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gorilla [2003 Journal]

Here's another article that Eric shared with me. This one's about Koko -- the gorilla that appeared with Mister Rogers in Episode 1727. Click HERE or on the image below to view the article.

Thanks again for sharing, Eric!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Podcast #7 - Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving from the Neighborhood Archive!

As always, you can click on the image above to download this episode through iTunes or you can listen to this episode here in your web browser.

Jack and Jill Magazine [1969]

There's been a listing on eBay for quite some time for a 1969 issue of Jack and Jill magazine with a feature article about Misterogers' Neighborhood. I've often been curious about this article but never enough to pull the trigger and actually pay for the magazine.

Apparently good things come to those who wait because I received an email from Eric this morning who had come across a copy of the magazine. Click the image below to take a look at the article in the Neighborhood Archive.

As you read, you'll likely notice a handful of inconsistencies ("It's a lovely day...") and curiousities (Farmer Bob), but overall, a fun read from the early days of the Neighborhood program!

Thanks for sharing, Eric!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rainy Day Club: Pinwheels and Staircases

The more I learn about it, I'm very curious about the Rainy Day Club from the early 1970s. Here are two more items that were sent to young members of the club.

For more on the Rainy Day Club, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Color Trolley and Digger Digorum

Once I realized that everything on the Trolley Christmas card lined up okay, I didn't even make it a full day before printing a color copy. Taking a little more time with the cuts and folds, here's the finished product you might expect to see if you decide to make your own.

On a side note, I added details to the character pages for Donkey Hodie and Digger Digorum tonight. Unfortunately, with limited access to older episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, there isn't much that I actually know about Digger Digorum. If anyone has any episode footage of Digger that has not yet been documented on the Archive site, please drop me a line. I'd love to see it.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Trolley Christmas Card

Believe it or not, the holidays are upon us. So I thought I'd hit the ground running this season and share a pretty cool piece of Mister Rogers Christmas memorabilia.

As you have probably figured out already if you glanced at the instructions seen on the image above, this is a greeting card that also provides children with a simple craft project. By cutting along the bold lines and folding where the arrows indicate, this Christmas card is transformed into a three-dimensional Trolley that sits on a pedestal.

I'm not positive but I get the feeling that this card was sent out through Family Communications at some point and is not one that was available for purchase in stores.

The images seen above were taken by a camera and not scanned so I did my best to line them up properly to recreate this card. After doing so, I printed a trial run on cardstock in black and white to be sure everything lined up okay. While it's not perfect, it's close enough for anyone who might want to print a copy of their own. Here's an idea of what the finished Trolley looks like (please ignore the poor tape job and the sunken top).

Feel free to print a color copy of your own if you'd like.

Friday, November 11, 2011

If it ain't broke...

We've all heard the phrase "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Back in April, I ignored this age-old advice and tried to fix (or at least improve) something that wasn't necessarily broken. At that time, I added a message board to the Neighborhood Archive to serve as a place for all conversation and discussion to take place and essentially kept the blog to provide a weekly list of updates to the site.

In the seven months since then, the message board has established itself as the center for discussion that I had envisioned; however, there's been something missing. Maybe it's the lack of visuals on the message board. Maybe it's the fact that the discussions have less direction due to the wide open nature of the message board. Maybe it's something else. Whatever it is that's missing, it's time to fill the void that I have unintentionally created.

Based on my own visions for the future of the Neighborhood Archive as well as the feedback I have received through email and through the message board, here's what I have in mind:

1. The blog will be returning to its old format at its old location. Not only did I make a mistake in changing the way I use the blog, I also made a mistake in moving it from Blogger (Blogspot) to Wordpress. While many bloggers prefer the Wordpress format, since the change I have run into a constant battle with spam comments to the point where I have just shut down comments on the blog altogether. I never had these types of problems with Blogger. Additionally, after using Wordpress for a while now, I've found that I personally prefer the layout options provided by Blogger.

So what does this mean? This means that you can expect to start seeing regular updates to the Archive site featured on the blog again as well as other interesting tid-bits and thoughts that I feel like sharing. I'm happy to say that it's back to the original format we go.

As for the location, I will soon be adjusting the current blog location to automatically redirect from to For those of you who use Google Reader or something similar, you will want to remove the current feed and resubscribe to the old Blogger feed.

I know this is a pain in the neck and I apologize for the inconvenience, but I think it's all for the best. Good people sometimes do bad things, right?

2. The message board isn't going anywhere. I still like the idea of having a message board. While I will be sharing mostly through the blog, there's something to be said for an open forum for everyone to participate in. With that in mind, here is what I would suggest -- if you've got something to say about a blog post, do so in the comments section for that post as you used to. If you feel like taking those comments into a further discussion or if you've got something you'd like to share for yourself, feel free to do so on the message board.

3. The Neighborhood Archive site itself will continue to grow as always. As I've suggested all along, my initial goal in all of this was to establish a website -- not a message board and not a blog. To stick with my main goal, the website will continue to be my top priority.

Again, let me apologize for my misguided assumptions which led me to completely change the format of discussion on the Neighborhood Archive. I hope that by returning the blog to its previous format, readers will find it to be the convenient, interesting, and fun resource that it was before. At the same time, I hope to see readers continue to use the message board for further discussions and sharing things of their own. Thanks for all of the feedback and for tolerating another round of major changes to the Archive.

From here, let's get back to business! Be sure to add the original blog location to your readers, bookmark it, or stop by on a regular basis as I get back to where we started and bring the Neighborhood Archive Blog back to life!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Two Weeks of Characters and More

Two Weeks Worth of Character and More

Sorry, folks. Looks like forgot to post a weekly update last week. Either way, the list of updates above spans the past two weeks so no harm done, I suppose. As you can see, the character pages are still going strong.

Blog vs. Message Board?

Speaking of blog updates, I've been thinking lately about getting back to the blog a bit more than I have been since the inception of the message board. Quite honestly, I've been pretty disappointed with the move from blogspot to wordpress for a variety of reasons. If the blog is going to pick up a little bit, I've even considered going back to the original blogspot location. We'll see. I'm curious to know what you as readers of the site think about this. I'll add a thread to the message board for this topic. Feel free to stop by there and chime in.

Rainy Day Club

For a while it was Yo Yo LaBelle. Then it was the Flying Zookeeny brothers. Currently, my curiousity has grown a bit excessive about the Rainy Day Club offered to kids in the 1970s. You've seen various pieces from the Rainy Day Club on the Archive site now and again -- the records, the projects, the games -- but I'd love to know more. How long did it run? How did a kid sign up for the club? Was there a cost associated with membership?

Site Index and Site Search

I've been working this week on adding a Site Index to the Site Search page. This will give users the opportunity to search the Archive through the search box or to browse the site's contents with an index similar to one you might find in the back of a book. This should be up and running very soon.