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Friday, June 29, 2012

Additions to the Archive

If you aren't a Neighborhood Archive reader who checks in on the main page of the site now and again, you may have missed the handful of new items that have been added to the site over the past few days.


It's You I Like (John Ellis CD)

Just a few weeks ago, a new CD hit the market featuring the jazzy sounds of John Ellis. It's You I Like is ten tracks of jazzed up tunes featuring six well-known titles by Fred Rogers (all but one of the others, by the way, are original songs by the late Elliot Smith who some of you may be familiar with -- my brother's a huge fan).

The liner notes of the album describe Ellis' appreciation for the message and music of Fred Rogers:
In childhood, Ellis was not a devotee of the Mister Rogers show. His "aha" moment came some years ago, when he happened upon an episode with the song You Are Special. "I was impressed with both the intent of the language and how fearlessly earnest he is, which I see as a sign of incredible courage," Ellis says. "In this era, a clever, ironic outlook is ascendent among artists and musicians, which in some ways is less courageous than being earnest, which can set you up for accusations of being naive of corny. 
"It also resonates that he was an ordained Presbyterian minister, and was religious, although he was quiet and didn't proselytize. I come from a long line of Presbyterian ministers -- my dad is one and so was my grandfather. But most important is that he was a songwriter and singer and piano player. He wrote kid songs, but they feel like part of the American jazz tradition, with quirky forms. Early on, he sang them live, playing the piano and looking to the side at the camera, the way you'd see Nat Cole do it on his show; towards the end, you'd hear Johnny Costa improvise. Mr. Rogers was exposing an American audience to jazz."
From the opening track (What Do You Do) all way through the tenth (a solo performance of Won't You Be My Neighbor), you'll be pleasantly reminded of the music that made the Neighborhood program so special.

If you're a fan of the trio that provided a majority of the music for
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (Costa, Rawsthorne, McVicker) or even if you've just got a taste for jazz, I assure you that this is an album you do not want to miss out on!

For more on John Ellis' marvelous album It's You I Like, visit the Neighborhood Archive or any of the links below.

John Ellis Official Site:
John Ellis on Facebook:
Criss Cross Jazz:

"Garden of Your Mind" Cover

Have you seen this? It's pretty solid...

Episode 1232 [1972]

Original Air Date: April 11, 1972


Mister Rogers arrives with two sticks of clay which he takes to the kitchen. Taking out ten wooden blocks, he arranges them in different ways and shows that no matter how they are used, they are still the same ten blocks. Similarly, he shows how the two sticks of clay are still clay no matter what he does with them. A short animated film is shown featuring two balls of clay forming into various shapes.

At Brockett's Bakery, Chef Brockett is having a special sale on molded cakes. In the kitchen, Mister Rogers watches as Chef Brockett demonstrates how to make a cake shaped like a lamb. Mister Rogers talks about how it might be difficult to eat the cake since it is shaped like an animal -- but Chef Brockett assures him that it is just cake. Chef Brockett mentions that he has a friend who may be interested in voice lessons and Mister Rogers thinks Francois Clemmons would be a great teacher.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Dr. Bill provides Lady Elaine with a pre-launch check-up as she prepares to fly to Jupiter. Handyman Negri helps Lady Elaine try on her helmet but has difficulty connecting the oxygen tank which he takes away for repair.

At the tree, X the Owl proudly discusses the history lesson on Benjamin Franklin that he recently studied. Francois Clemmons sings Everybody Has a History and X expresses his desire to be Benjamin Franklin.

Returning to the Museum-Go-Round with the repaired oxygen tank, Handyman Negri finds an isolation booth outside which Lady Elaine will stay in overnight in preparation for her flight. Once she is inside, she cannot hear sounds outside the booth.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers calls Francois Clemmons who offers to become the Neighborhood voice instructor. Chef Brockett stops by with the completed lamb-shaped cake and Mister Rogers shares the news about Francois Clemmons' offer to teach voice lessons.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1232 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Episode 1231 [1972]

Original Air Date: April 10, 1972


Mister Rogers arrives with a rubbing of tree bark that he has made on paper and shows viewers how he did it. He has also brought with him a collection of leaves which he takes to the kitchen to make more rubbings. As he creates new rubbings, he recognizes that each leaf is different and sings Everybody's Fancy.

Mrs. McFeely stops by with a large philodendron leaf that she got from the Neighborhood conseratory. She joins Mister Rogers in the kitchen where she makes a rubbing of her own. Mrs. McFeely invites Mister Rogers to her house where she has an animal to show him.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mrs. McFeely is helping Lady Elaine post her F.F.J. (Flying For Jupiter) signs as Lady Elaine prepares for a trip to Jupiter. Mrs. McFeely is a bit skeptical as Lady Elaine decides that she will use leaves as her method of transportation.

At the tree, Mrs. McFeely is looking to gather some leaves for Lady Elaine when Francois Clemmons stops by representing the Owl Correspondence School. Mr. Clemmons is teaching a new course through OCS -- Early American Owl History.

Lady Elaine accepts 99 leaves from Mrs. McFeely which she will use to take her to Jupiter.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about history and talks about his own background before singing
Everybody Has a History.

Visiting the McFeely house, Mister Rogers finds Mr. McFeely tending to a fern on the front porch. As they wait for Mrs. McFeely to return, they make a rubbing of a wicker table. When Mrs. McFeely arrives, everyone goes inside where the McFeelys have a young caiman on loan from the Neighborhood zoo.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1231 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
 Neighborhood Archive.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Episode 1210 [1972]

Original Air Date: March 10, 1972


Mister Rogers arrives showing feelings of frustration and sits at the bench without changing into his sweater. He explains that he received a parking ticket on a recent trip downtown. With only a dollar bill in his pocket, he went inside a drug store for change to pay the parking meter. While he was inside, the meter maid wrote him a parking ticket. Clearly upset, Mister Rogers sings What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel.

At the Neighborhood court house, Mister Rogers is greeted by the clerk who explains the traffic court procedures. Inside the court room, Mister Rogers waits his turn as others plead their cases to the judge. In some cases the judge is understanding and does not issue fines, while in other cases he feels that a penalty is in order. When Mister Rogers explains his story, the judge does not fine him but suggests that Mister Rogers remember change the next time he will be parking downtown.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers talks about how reminders from others can sometimes seem petty, but directions are usually given out of love.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday has been promoting an educational television program and expects Prince Tuesday to know how to count. Queen Sara tries to explain that Prince Tuesday is still young and needs to learn other things first but the King stands by his expectations. He feels that this program is precisely what everyone in the Neighborhood needs.

Meanwhile, X the Owl and Henrietta Pusscat have made signs that read "LET US LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER" to protest King Friday's lofty expectations. Everyone gathers at the Museum-Go-Round where they begin their protest march to the castle.

Lady Elaine speaks on behalf of all in the Neighborhood explaining that they have individual interests and responsibilities. No one wants to constatnly watch the King's educational program. Lady Elaine and Dr. Bill state that "[It may be good] for some of us some of the time, but not for all of us all the time." King Friday understands the concerns of his Neighbors and declares that they may "see [the program] when [they] want to see it, when [they] feel that [they] need to see it." A celebration begins and King Friday plays
It's Such a Good Feeling on his bass violin while everyone sings.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about the importance of expressing your feelings when things are important. He concludes by singing
The Truth Will Make Me Free.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1210 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
 Neighborhood Archive.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Neighborhood Notes

I've been off the grid for a few days. Maybe not completely off but taking a break from blogging at least. Before jumping back into the swing of things, here are a handful of mentionable topics from the past few days.

1. If you're a regular user of Facebook and/or Twitter, you've likely seen that the online presence of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is picking up steam.

You can like DTN on Facebook or follow along on Twitter to receive regular updates about the show. There's even a coloring page on the Facebook page for young Neighbors to enjoy.

2. Speaking of DTN tweets, here's a picture they shared this morning.

3. Friend of the Neighborhood Archive and co-host of the Adventure Club Podcast, Guy Hutchison, pointed me towards this image today. The statue in the middle of the picture should stand out.

According to the commentary found with this picture on

Saddened by [the news of Fred Rogers' passing], the Muncie based Public Television station decided it was appropriate to decorate their statue in tribute to Mr. Rogers.  
[This statue] was originally displayed in a public television station lobby but when the lobby was re-modeled it was put in storage. While on our Garfield trip in Indiana, we purchased the statue and drove it to our home to join its orange friends in our private collection. On the base of the statue is the name GAR’FRED’S NEIGHBORHOOD
4. I recently re-read my copy of The Wonder of It All -- a paper written by Dr. Margaret Kimmel and Mark Collins whose names you may recognize as co-authors of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Children, Television, and Fred Rogers. The paper was published by the Fred Rogers Center in September of 2008.

This paper is a fresh and unique take on the life of Fred Rogers with one excerpt that really stands out every time I read it:
Although Mister Rogers often said you are special; he never said "you are special without limits, without obligations." Instead, his speeches and his writing and his interviews were peppered with the importance of responsibility -- both to self and to others. This is fundamental to understanding the message behind the program; those who feel that the moral is "a child can do no wrong" aren't merely mistaken but woefully irresponsible.
5. Last but not least, it appears that one of the hot topics among administrators of Facebook pages (not personal pages but pages representing groups, organizations, etc.) is the percentage fo people who actually see posts made to the page. While some of this in question may be the result of "information" spreading quickly across the internet, I have read in multiple places that people should make a point to check their settings on Facebook to ensure that they are receiving the information they want.

So if you've "liked" the Neighborhood Archive of Facebook, take a minute to go to the page and hover your mouse over the box near the top right that says "Liked." Once a few drop-down options appear, be sure that there is a check-mark next to "Show in News Feed."

This is all assuming you want regular updates from the Neighborhood Archive. :)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

One Child's Penny Worth

This afternoon I was flipping through my copy of Dear Mister Rogers, and I came across one of my favorite letters.
Dear Mister Rogers, 
How did you get on all our pennies? Your face is on the front and your Trolley's on the back... 
Penn, age 4

Friday, June 22, 2012

Episode 0040 [1968]

Original Air Date: April 12, 1968


Prepared for the reception at the castle, Mister Rogers arrives dressed in a tuxedo. With him, he carries two large cut-outs in the shape of the letter S -- for Sara Saturday. He talks about dressing fancy as he puts on his vest and jacket. Expressing his excitement, Mister Rogers sings Today is a Special Day.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lynda Martha is preparing for her performance at the reception and shows her new "S.S." flags to Corny.

Meanwhile, Handyman Negri stops by the tree on his way to the reception. He rehearses the opening of his performance for X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat.

Inside the castle in the S Room, Lady Aberlin has scheduled the entertainment for the reception which includes Monduel Banessia playing the congo drums and Lynda Martha twirling a baton. Dressed in a tuxedo, Handyman Negri is introduced by his full name -- Joseph Harold Negri -- and plays the guitar. The guests are surprised to learn that the guitarist is Handyman Negri who they are not used to seeing so formally dressed. Near the end of the entertainment, Lady Aberlin sings I Think I'm Going to Like Today.

It comes time for Sara Saturday to depart and everyone wishes for her to return to the Neighborhood very soon. The guests move to the R Room for refreshments.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers enjoys some milk and a cookie shaped like a letter S. As he eats, he talks about Sara Saturday and how King Friday likes her very much. Concluding for the week, Mister Rogers sings Tree Tree Tree.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0040 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

New Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Clips

Anyone with kids in their house watching PBS in the morning has likely already seen the new set of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood preview clips now airing between programs. For those who may not have seen them -- or those who have not recently ventured to the sneak peek on the PBS Kids website -- here are some new previews of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (along with the ones that were already available).

Like it or love it, I've said it before and I'll say it again -- my kids fall right into the target audience for this show and they absolutely love what they've seen so far. If they're any indication of the response
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood will get from other kids, this show will be a hit!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Episode 0039 [1968]

Original Air Date: April 11, 1968


Mister Rogers has been riding his bicycle and talks about how learning to do so took practice. He arrives with an invitation to a reception for Sara Saturday taking place tomorrow at the castle. As he takes out paper to write a reply to King Friday, Mister Rogers comes across a teddy bear and sings Please Don't Think It's Funny. The Trolley arrives and waits as Mister Rogers writes his reply.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri is working at the castle and accepts the reply delivered by the Trolley. Daniel Striped Tiger calls Handyman Negri to the clock where they talk about preparations for the reception. Handyman Negri would like to play the guitar at the reception but does not have anything to wear. Daniel suggests that he visit Mrs. Frogg at the Museum where she is hosting a special on men's fashions.

Inside the Museum, Handyman Negri sees a variety of costumes from around the world throughout history. After viewing the many costumes, Handyman Negri decides that he will borrow a traditional tuxedo with tails.

Meanwhile, at the castle, King Friday and Edgar Cooke are reading the invitation responses in preparation for the reception. Handyman Negri requests to be a part of the program.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers draws a picture of an envelope and explains how to address an envelope for mailing. He concludes by talking about waiting patiently for things you might be looking forward to.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0039 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Searching the Neighborhood Archive

I realize that sifting through the hundreds of pages on the Neighborhood Archive can be a fairly daunting task -- especially when there is something specific you are looking for. Allow me to point out a feature on the site that many people have never noticed. This can make the finding-a-needle-in-a-haystack process much easier!

On the site itself,, there is a search box in the center of the main page. This search is conducted through Google but it searches only the pages on

Using this search box is easy. Simply type in the keywords you are searching for and you're all set. For example, if you're looking for the episodes featuring Yo-Yo LaBelle, all you'd have to do is type his name into the search box and the results will show you every time his name is mentioned anywhere on the NeighborhoodArchive site.

There are two search options found here on the Neighborhood Archive blog. The one in the middle of the page is the same as the one described above -- it searches for key words in the Archive website.

The second search, seen in the top left corner of the blog, works the same way. The only difference is that it searches the blog posts.

So there you have it. If you're looking for something specific that you may or may not have seen on the Neighborhood Archive site or blog, try out these search options and you'll find it in no time!

Episode 0038 [1968]

Original Air Date: April 10, 1968


Mister Rogers arrives with a pair of handlebars which he first uses for horns as he pretends to be a bull. He also shows how to be a bull by using your fingers. The handlebars fit into a stationary bicycle which Mister Rogers demonstrates before going outside where he talks about running in place. Mr. McFeely delivers a dumbbell which allows Mister Rogers to demonstrate weight lifting.

After Mister Rogers sings
I Like You As You Are, Betty Aberlin stops by to borrow some sugar on behalf of those at the castle in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Before she leaves, Betty tries out the stationary bicycle.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin delivers the borrowed sugar to Edgar Cooke just before King Friday enters the castle garden. He requests to have a meeting with Sara Saturday who is working in the castle kitchen. She has been preparing cup custard -- one of King Friday's favorite treats. Lady Aberlin helps Sara Saturday prepare for her meeting with the King.

King Friday returns to the castle garden wearing his finest crown. He is somewhat surprised that Sara Saturday is more interested is his "beautiful eyes." She expresses her thanks to King Friday for allowing her to stay at the castle when she was recently frightened by the "red monster." The King is flattered to find that Sara Saturday has prepared cup custard and when it comes time for her to leave, he requests that she stay longer. Noticing that King Friday is clearly smitten, Lady Aberlin sings Then Your Heart is Full of Love.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings Then Your Heart is Full of Love before Mr. McFeely returns to pick up the dumbbell. Mr. McFeely takes a moment to try the stationary bicycle and is complimented by Mister Rogers on his "beautiful eyes."

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0038 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Episode 0037 [1968]

Original Air Date: April 9, 1968


Mister Rogers arrives with the materials needed for painting with watercolors. Standing at an easel, he creates a simple painting of a house before Mr. McFeely delivers a guitar. The guitar will be played later when Peggy Lipschutz and Vivien Richman stop by for a visit. Mr. McFeely checks the kitchen to be sure the large easel he put up earlier is still in place.

After Mr. McFeely leaves, Mister Rogers talks about how he'd like him to stay and visit sometimes instead of rushing off. Emphasizing the importance of being with other people, Mister Rogers sings
Let's Be Together Today.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel Striped Tiger and X the Owl are inside the castle exercising with Coach Saunders who talks to them about the importance of practice and physical fitness.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers attempts one of Coach Saunders' exercises as he sings a few words of
Be Brave Be Strong. On the porch, he finds two pieces of chalk just in time for Peggy Lipshutz and Vivien Richman to arrive. Joe Davidson and Charles Cubolic play music along with Mrs. Richman as Mrs. Lipshutz creates chalk drawings. Mr. McFeely returns with a plane ticket for Mrs. Lipshutz and enjoys one final performance by the guests.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0037 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
 Neighborhood Archive.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Episode 0036 [1968]

Original Air Date: April 8, 1968


Mister Rogers arrives with a children's rocking chair he has borrowed which he compares to a stationary rocker already inside his house. As he sits in the stationary rocker, he talks about when a new baby comes into a household and sings When a Baby Comes To Your House.

Taking a walk "down the street and around the corner," Mister Rogers visits Mr. Dennis who demonstrated chair caning. Returning to his house, Mister Rogers talks about the meaning of horizontal and vertical.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel recounts to Lady Aberlin the discovery of the "red monster." He takes out the red light which everyone believed to be a monster and Lady Aberlin commends Daniel for his bravery.

Meanwhile, at the factory, Corny is showing various rockers to Digger Digorum as he sings
I'm a Man Who Manufactures. Digger is called to Alaska where she will explore some tunnels. As she leaves, Corny gives her a rocking chair and Lady Aberlin gives her a blanket in recognition of her service in the Neighborhood. King Friday, recognizes Digger for her service by placing a citation on her lapel.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers returns to the stationary rocker where he continues singing
When a Baby Comes To Your House.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0036 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
 Neighborhood Archive.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day

I'd like to be just like my dad, he's handsome and he's keen
He knows just how to drive the car, and buy the gasoline

And mommy likes the things he does, the way he looks and, Gee!
I'd like to be just like my dad, and have someone like me

Happy Father's Day, Neighbors...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Episode 0035 [1968]

Original Air Date: April 5, 1968


Upon his arrival, Mister Rogers takes out the four chairs from the kitchen and a blanket to build a tunnel in the front room. After crawling through the tunnel himself, Mister Rogers sends a toy truck through.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Digger Digorum searches for the red monster in the Trolley tunnel and quickly discovers that the "monster" is nothing more than a blinking red flashlight. King Friday is relieved to learn that the "monster" has been captured and there is nothing to fear in the Neighborhood.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers crawls through the tunnel once again before talking about how monsters are just something that people imagine. After Mister Rogers sings What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel, Chef Brockett stops by to make a tunnel sandwich. After enjoying his modified peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Mister Rogers, Chef Brockett leaves to go bowling with his chef friends.

Mister Rogers concludes for the week by cleaning up the kitchen.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0035 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Mister Rogers & Me Soundtrack Winner!

Congratulations to Spring S. -- the winner of the Mister Rogers & Me soundtrack giveaway!

Thanks to all who entered!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Q & A with John D. Boswell

It's been a week since the spirit of Fred Rogers was rejuvinated around the world through John D. Boswell's autotuned remix, Garden of Your Mind. In that time, the video has been watched over 4 million times on YouTube, featured on several major news outlets (and countless smaller ones), and viewers of all ages have been reminded of the timeless message of Fred Rogers. For the benefit of Mister Rogers enthusiasts, Garden of Your Mind has even been "unmixed" in the past week (receiving an unofficial "thumbs up" from PBS Digital Studios).

Seven days after the release of Garden of your Mind, John D. Boswell has been kind enough to answer a few questions about the Mister Rogers remix and other projects to come.

1. How did you become involved in this project with PBS Digital Studios?

PBS approached me earlier this year with their idea - to remix popular PBS icons in the style of Symphony of Science, my main remix project. Being a fan of these icons myself I was delighted to hear from them; fans of my work had already been asking for a Mr. Rogers remix for some time. As a result the partnership was a no-brainer, and we got to work right away.

2. Why and how did you choose the "garden of you mind" clip as the foundation for this project?

PBS sent me a number of DVDs of the show, organized by theme; this one being the first in a series of Mr. Rogers remixes, I thought the subject of "curiosity" was the best to begin with. The "garden of your mind" quote immediately stood out to me while I was watching and searching for the best quotes.

3. In one week, Garden of Your Mind has been viewed on YouTube over 4.2 million times! Describe some of the response you have received.

The response has been almost all positive, and I have been amazed at how popular the video has become. Because Fred was on the air for so long and spoke sincerely to so many people, the video was able to bring back memories of childhood for many viewers. I did my best to respect his original messages with the video and I think people appreciated that. Some aren't fans of the auto-tune technique, but that's how I work and you can't please everybody.

4. Were you a Mister Rogers kid when you were growing up? If so, what memories do you have of the Neighborhood?

I was absolutely a fan of Mr. Rogers growing up. I have great memories of learning some really interesting stuff on the show, whether it was the diversity of people he went to visit or the interesting clips he showed. Not to mention his calming demeanor and purely positive messages.

5. What do you feel is the most important message communicated by Fred Rogers?

It's hard to say, but I would say that his most important message is to be kind to people. That's what I feel he stressed the most during the course of the show, and is certainly the kind of message that resonates with youth and adults alike.

6. Any other projects on the horizon?

I am cooking up a Bob Ross remix at the moment, and there are always new mixes coming on my Youtube channel, melodysheep. In addition, there will be more Mr. Rogers remixes in the weeks to come.

Stay tuned, Neighbors.

Episode 0034 [1968]

Original Air Date: April 4, 1968


Mister Rogers arrives with an empty bottle which he has borrowed from a neighbor. He takes it to the kitchen where he has several other bottles on the table. With each bottle filled with different amounts of fruit juice, Mister Rogers is able to use them as a musical instrument to play Tree Tree Tree and Joy to the World. Moving to the other room, he plays the same notes on the piano.

Mr. McDonald stops by with his tuba on the way to a symphony rehearsal. He demonstrates how a tuba works by playing a few notes and songs for Mister Rogers.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri and Daniel Striped Tiger sing Today is a Special Day as they anticipate the arrival of famous archaeologist, Digger Digorum. Upon her arrival, Digger Digorum sings I Am a Digger before checking in with King Friday. The King gives her orders to search the Neighborhood of the Red Monster as Handyman Negri makes a list of digging equipment that Digger will need.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers cleans up the kitchen after playing a few more notes on the bottles. He steps onto the front porch where he can hear the symphony rehearsal taking place nearby.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0034 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Episode 0033 [1968]

Original Air Date: April 3, 1968


Upon his arrival, Mister Rogers reminds viewers of the Neighborhood Ballet which will be taking place today. The invitation from the previous day is shaped like a ladies' ballet slipper and Mister Rogers tries on a pair of men's slippers.

Having arrived with a bag full of oranges, Mister Rogers takes them to the kitchen where he uses a few to make fresh orange juice. The others he saves to give to those performing in the ballet. Before leaving for the ballet, Mister Rogers sings Let's Be Together Today.

At the ballet company, Mister Rogers meets Nicholas Petrov who is making final preparations for the performance. Mr. Petrov describes the ballet and introduces Bernie Jessol who will also be performing. Mister Rogers takes a tour of the stage area where the performers rehearse as he reads through the ballet story. As the performers prepare for the actual ballet, Mister Rogers talks with Johnny Costa who provides the music for the performance.

The Sad Monster Ballet begins with a young girl playing in the forest with her dog when they are approached by a monster. Clearly frightened by the monster, the girl and her dog take shelter behind a rock. The monster is saddened when he realizes that he has scared them away. The girl refuses to be scared and recognizes that the monster wants to be friendly. Given the opportunity, the monster happily joins the girl as she plays with her dog.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about the different roles the performers played in the ballet and the lesson they taught -- that scary people are often sad on the on the inside. He sings Let's Be Together Today as he concludes for the day.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0033 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

PBS Kids in the Park

My wife and I took our kids to Indianapolis today for PBS Kids in the Park -- an opportunity for kids to meet many of their favorite characters from PBS Kids programming. My kids were most excited to meet the gang from Super Why!, WordGirl, and Curious George.

The headliner for this year's event was Shock from the new Electric Company program. As one of my daughters and I waited in line to meet WordGirl, we enjoyed Shock's stage performance.

But the real highlight of the day -- honestly, the reason we decided to go to this event in the first place -- was a more familiar face.

David Newell was in attendance -- in character as Mr, McFeely, of course -- signing autographs and passing out coloring pages (as well as copies of the FRC pamplet Bedtime Struggles).

With a line waiting, our visit was short. I was given an extra coloring sheet with light-hearted instructions to share online so others could color as well.