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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Episode 1275 [1973]

Original Air Date: March 9, 1973


Mister Rogers goes to the kitchen where he has left a box of toy animals from the day before. Taking them out, he matches the young animals to their mothers before he sings Everybody Has a History.

Mrs. McFeely stops by with a copy of Pet Show! -- a book about animals which Mister Rogers sits at the couch to read.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri is at the Platypus mound where Ana is learning to talk. When Ana is able to say "moo," Handyman Negri decides to takes her to Someplace Else to meet Harriett Elizabeth Cow. On their way, Lady Elaine Fairchilde declares it shameful that Ana has been taught to moo and tries to teach her to say "Aunt Lady Elaine."

At Someplace Else, Harriett Elizabeth Cow is hard at work but delighted to meet Ana Platypus. Meanwhile, Lady Elaine lurks in the background, clearly jealous as she watches Ms. Cow gets a kiss from both Ana and Handyman Negri.

Handyman Negri and Ana return to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where they visit with X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about there being many was to communicate before he sings Please Don't Think It's Funny. He encourages young viewers to share with him by writing letters and drawing pictures.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1275 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
 Neighborhood Archive.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Episode 1274 [1973]

Original Air Date: March 8, 1973


Mister Rogers arrives with a bucket and stool used for milking a cow. He explains how cows are milked before watching a film about cows.

Taking the bucket and stool, Mister Rogers visits the McFeelys who are watching after a cow named Harriett for Farmer Turner. As Mrs. McFeely demonstrates how the cow is milked, Francois Clemmons stops by. He and Mister Rogers each take a turn at milking and Francois sings You're a Fine Cow.
Returning to the house, Mister Rogers sits on the porch with Francois Clemmons as they practice a new song -- I Can Moo Like a Cow.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin and King Friday are at the castle discussing Donkey Hodie's need for extra help on his farm. Harriett Elizabeth Cow arrives in the Neighborhood looking for Someplace Else as she is answering Donkey Hodie's ad for help. Lady Aberlin and Donkey Hodie are each so thrilled to have found someone to help, that they kiss Ms. Cow when they meet her. When Francois Clemmons is introduced to her, however, Ms. Cow is surprised that he does not give her a kiss as well.

Lady Aberlin returns to the castle where King Friday has told Edgar Cooke that he may have to work double time between the castle and Someplace Else. Edgar is relieved when he learns of Harriett Elizabeth Cow's arrival.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how some children may like kisses and some children may not. He goes to the kitchen where he takes out some miniature farm animals and sings I Can Moo Like a Cow.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1274 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Episode 1273 [1973]

Original Air Date: March 7, 1973


Mister Rogers arrives with a harmonica which he demonstrates before talking about the day he got married. Sharing several photographs from his wedding, Mister Rogers remembers this special day. He recalls being young and wanting to marry his mother and sings I Did Too.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the Trolley delivers a harmonica to the castle where Queen Sara and Robert Troll both take their turn at playing a few notes as Prince Tuesday practices walking.

At the tree, Robert Troll plays the harmonica as X the Owl recites a poem about Malcolm Apricot Dinko. Moving on to the clock, Robert Troll is introduced to Malcolm by Daniel Stiped Tiger. Together, they all visit Donkey Hodie at Someplace Else where they find that the vegetables grow faster when Robert Troll plays the harmonica. Donkey Hodie reminds everyone that he is looking for a full-time helper on his farm.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers visits Negri's Music Shop where a harmonica band is performing. He returns to his house and concludes by talking a bit more about weddings and getting married as he sings a few lines from Many Ways to Say I Love You.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1273 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
 Neighborhood Archive.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Good things come... those who wait.

I've always had my eye on the wooden Trolley replica that was produced by Holgate -- you know, the one that comes with the four wooden block characters. With a price tag that hovers around 50 bucks (even for a used one in good condition), I've always held out hoping for a better price some day.

Am I glad I did!

Typically, these Trolleys are either way overpriced of they are in played-with condition and not worth buying. As for the four wooden blocks/characters that come with it, those are hardly ever included with this Trolley unless you're looking at a brand new one.

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to stumble upon one of these wooden Trolleys -- in perfect condition in its original box and with all four wooden blocks included -- for an unbelieveable price.

When I say unbelievable, I mean it was shipped to my doorstep for a total cost less than my family would spend for a quick lunch at Taco Bell.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Episode 1272 [1973]

Original Air Date: March 6, 1973


Mister Rogers arrives with a night shirt and blanket. Trying on the night shirt, he sits on the floor covering himself with the blanket. Mister Rogers remembers his childhood bedtime routine and talks about where different animals sleep.

At the McFeelys' house, Mrs. McFeely is busy working on bills for the Speedy Delivery service. Mister Rogers spends some time talking with the McFeelys about where animals live and sleep. Mr. McFeely happens to have a film on this very topic ready to show in his living room.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the sun is setting as Handyman Negri is turning off the castle waterfall for the night. He receives a call from Daniel Striped Tiger who cannot seem to decide if he wants to stay the night at Grandpere's tower. Malcolm Apricot Dinko is nervous about the idea so Daniel decides to stay at the clock. Handyman Negri reassures Daniel of his feelings and tells him that it is okay if he is not ready to stay overnight away from home.

After informing Grandpere of Daniel's decision, Handyman Negri shares some french fries with Grandpere and learns that Donkey Hodie has a farm at Someplace Else. Interested in seeing the farm, Handyman Negri visits Someplace Else where Donkey Hodie mentions that he is looking for a helper to lighten his workload.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings Pretending as he folds his blanket.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1272 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Tuesday, July 24, 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.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Episode 1205 [1972]

Original Air Date: March 3, 1972


Mister Rogers arrives with a variety of items typically thrown away by most people. In the kitchen, he uses a plastic container and small pieces of sponge to make a toddler's toy. He also uses pieces of foam packing material as building blocks as he sings I'm a Man Who Manufactures.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Corny and Robert Troll are trying to find a way to clean up the mess that has been made of the factory's water wheel. Dr. Bill is unable to offer any advice but Elsie Jean suggests that some stains are easy to treat, but "nothing short of magic" can remove wood stains.

Lady Elaine Fairchilde arrives outside the factory with her boomerang and uses its magic to remove the stain from the creek and the water wheel. In order to prevent similar damage in the future, Corny decides that he will start using a dirt-based stain which could be more easily cleaned.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers takes out a puppet made by Bob Brown from a detergent bottle. Wondering if others in the Neighborhood reuse items in similar ways, Mister Rogers visits the McFeely house. Mrs. McFeely shares a birdfeeder that Mr. McFeely recently made from a milk carton. Mr. McFeely stops in briefly to pick up a book for a delivery before Mrs. McFeely shows a few more creations made from used items -- a pillow made from an old sheet and a rug made of used fabric.

Moving on to Brockett's Bakery, Gladys Schenk shows an old lard bucket used as a waste basket and describes how old bread can be used to make bread pudding. Coming from the gym, Chef Brockett suggests other uses for old bread including croutons, stuffing, of simply selling it as a discount.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers plans to make a birdfeeder of his own as he concludes for the week.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1205 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
 Neighborhood Archive.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Candid Comments from Michael Keaton

In a recent interview with Grantland's Daniel Kellison, Michael Keaton talks about his career including a few candid and entertaining comments about his time working on the Neighborhood program.

Daniel: You worked on Mister Rogers back in 1975, right? What was he like? 
Michael: Yeah. He was funny, just deceptively funny. So authentic, but also so unusual. I worked on the crew at the local PBS station in Pittsburgh. I was making like $2.25 an hour or something. When you work there, you kind of do everything. And when you did his show, you did everything from pull cable for the cameras, to running the trolley, to dressing up in the black-and-white panda suit for 25 bucks. 
Daniel: Really? 
Michael: What people don't realize is what his crew looked like — they almost all had hair down to their lower backs, one guy just dripped with patchouli and marijuana smoke, worse than Tom Petty. But everyone was really funny and would do these insane things — and Fred just loved them. And they loved him back. 
Daniel: So he'd never just lose his sh*t and scream at a gaffer for getting in the shot? 
Michael: No! In fact, one time, my friend Nicky Tallo, who was this really funny, big Italian kid who was his floor manager — and I don't think I'm telling tales out of school when I say generally Nick was feeling the effects of smoking dope the night before — or maybe even that morning … 
Daniel: It was a different era … 
Michael: So one day, we were taping, and Fred comes in, and starts singing, "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day … " puts the shoes down here, goes to hang up the sweater in the closet. And he's singing, and he opens the door — and there's his floor manager, Nick, this big guy with his long goatee, pierced ears, hair all over the place, totally nude, just standing there naked in the closet. Well, Fred just fell down; it was the most hysterical thing you've ever seen. He was totally cool.
Visit Grantland to read the entire interview with Michael Keaton.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Episode 1240 [1972]

Original Air Date: April 21, 1972


Mister Rogers arrives with some paper and paint which he takes to the kitchen where a motorized contraption is set up on the table. This set-up, borrowed from Bob Trow, includes a basin surrounding a spinning platform where the paper is placed. As the motor spins the paper, a design is formed by drops of paint. Mister Rogers makes two separate paintings before Bob Trow arrives and makes one of his own.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Elaine Fairchilde is upset by her failed attempt to become like those on Planet Purple. Continuing to insist that every be called "Paul" and "Pauline", Lady Elaine find herself at odds with King Friday. Robert Troll and Lady Aberlin use the purple platter to teach Lady Elaine that "no one ever talks back to a king on Planet Purple...a king is always right on Planet Purple." They help her to recognize her self-worth and important place in the Neighbohrood of Make-Believe.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers visits Elsie Neal's craft shop where she and Bob Trow teach him the art of pole dyeing -- a craft very similar to tie dyeing. Before leaving, Mister Rogers admires some paintings created by Elsie Neal's husband.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers makes another painting but decides not to use the spinner. He concludes for the week by talking about how all people are different -- and that is what helps them to be friends. Viewers are left with a challenge: "Maybe this weekend, you could look around and at all your family and your friends, and start to realize how special each person is."

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1240 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
 Neighborhood Archive.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Bill Bill Sad Day

On July 8, 2012, the Reverend Dr. William Pierson Barker passed away at the age of 85.

While remembered for many wondrous accomplishments throughout his life, Dr. Barker is known around the Neighborhood as the voice and puppeteer of Dr. Bill and Elsie Jean Platypus.

In Neighborhood Episode 1384 from 1974, Mister Rogers shares some behind-the-scenes footage which includes a short segment featuring a fun and unique moment with his friend, Mr. Barker.


Mister Rogers explains: "We've been good friends for many years and that's the way we usually greet each other. With that handshake salute."

Deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Dr. Barker.

It's a Bill Bill sad day.

Episode 1239 [1972]

Original Air Date: April 20, 1972


Mister Rogers arrives with some name tags which he was asked to make for Francois Clemmons' music class. With a few left to make, he goes to the kitchen where he writes names on two name tags before watching a film about different types of people.

Miranda Sewell, one of Francois Clemmons' students, stops by to pick up the name tags for her class. She talks to Mister Rogers about the class before he accepts an invitation to visit to the music studio for himself.

Inside Mr. Clemmons' studio, Mister Rogers watches as Johnny Costa plays music and Francois Clemmons takes part in a variety of musical games and activities with his young students.

Returning to his house, Mister Rogers uses two wooden blocks to talk about rhythm.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Francois Clemmons is at the castle where he teaches Queen Sara to sing Everybody Has a History. Mr. McFeely stops by to listen before he delivers a purple dress to Lady Elaine Fairchilde.

According to the purple platter, Lady Elaine finds that people do not talk to owls on Planet Purple. As a result, she refuses to talk to X to Owl. Continuing to refer to herself as "Pauline," Lady Elaine puts on her new purple dress and clearly frustrates Mr. McFeely when she calls him "Paul." When she refers to Francois Clemmons as "Paul", he talks about how much he likes being himself and sings a song that someone on Planet Purple might sing.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about being proud as you grow and the importance of each individual person. He watches a film about children as It's You I Like plays.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1239 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


There are a lot of movies that I enjoy which I consider to be guilty pleasures. You know -- a movie that really isn't that good but for some reason you enjoy watching it now and again. One such movie in my book is the 1995 Sinbad movie Houseguest.

Having not seen this movie in several years, I watched it this past week and was surprised to find not one, but two appearances by Neighborhood cast members. If you've never seen the movie, I won't spoil the plot for you -- but the plot involves the mob, deception, and a lot of get-rich-quick themes.

The mob boss in the movie is Happy Marcelli -- played by none other than Don Brockett.

A quick search online reveals that just six months after the release of Houseguest, Mr. Brockett died of a heart attack at the age of 65.

With a closer look at the movie (after a glance at the credits), there's another Neighbor who shows up in this movie set in Pittsburgh. Again, I won't spoil the plot of the movie but there is a televised lottery show in the movie called the Big Spin. The host of the Big Spin is played by Chuck Aber.

Silence of the Lambs, Zack and Miri...Neighbors tend to show up when you're least expecting it.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Episode 1238 [1972]

Original Air Date: April 19, 1972


Mister Rogers arrives with various plastic molds which he takes to the sand table in the back yard. Filling some of the molds with wet sand, he begins making a small sand castle when he is interrupted by a phone call from Chef Brockett who stops by a moment later. With him, Chef Brockett brings cookies shaped like a boy wearing a chef's hat. He remembers a time when he once made the same design in the sand when he and Mister Rogers were swimming at the beach.

Forming the sand into other structures around the sand castle, Mister Rogers prepares for Make-Believe.
In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Corny is having sale on rocking chairs which are being tested by Mr. and Mrs. McFeely. As they rock, a large purple package drops from the sky. At the Museum-Go-Round, Mr. McFeely and Lady Elaine Fairchilde find that the package contains a large purple platter -- an electronic encyclopedia -- with details about Planet Purple. A printed word is to be placed on the platter and information is provided when the "answer" button is pressed.

Through the purple platter, it is discovered that every boy on Planet Purple is named Paul and every girl is named Pauline. Mr. McFeely asks about chairs on Planet Purple and learns that all chairs are the same -- purple and the kind that do not rock.

Chef Brockett arrives with some cookies as Lady Elaine asks the enyclopedia about clothes on Planet Purple. Learning that everyone there wears "purple pedal pushers", Lady Elaine cannot wait to get some of her own. She also finds that everyone on Purple Planet eats only "purple peanut butter and purple jelly sandwiches, purple pop, and purple pumpernickel pudding." When she is offered a cookie by Chef Brockett, Lady Elaine declines as she has decided to start a "purple diet."

Stopping by the tree, Chef Brockett shares Lady Elaine's plans with X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat. They all sing I'm Glad I'm the Way I Am as they agree that they would not like living in a place where everything is the same.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers also expresses that he would not like living in such a place. Using a paper plate, he makes his own "purple platter" and sings You Are Special.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1238 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
 Neighborhood Archive.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mister Rogers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

You may remember last December when I took a look at the 2011 Topps American Pie trading card honoring Fred Rogers and his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Earlier this summer, my brother-in-law finished college and moved to Los Angeles. After he shared a few pictures he took on the Walk of Fame, I asked him to track down Mister Rogers' star and send me a snap shot. He quickly came through.

While it's interesting to see the star unpolished and chipped (as I assume most are on a normal day), what had me most intrigued is the surrounding area. We often see pictures of these stars, but what's around them?

Time to put on my Bloodhound Gang hat for a little investigating.

My first stop was good ol' Wikipedia where I found that the Mister Rogers star is located at 6600 Hollywood Boulevard. Next, it was off to the awesome street view feature on Google Maps.

The street view shot of 6600 Hollywood Blvd. shows several stars on the sidewalk. So which one is the Mister Rogers' star? Well, thanks to a photo on Flickr of a guy posed next to the star, it's easy to determine which one it is.

So there it is, folks. Mister Rogers' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sits just outside the doors of Hollywood Toys and Costumes.

Amazing to have figured this out from my computer in less than ten minutes.

Interested in more? Check out this 1998 article from the Los Angeles Times which details the dedication of the star.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Episode 1237 [1972]

Original Air Date: April 18, 1972


Mister Rogers arrives with a record called Laughs. The recording consists of a man laughing which makes Mister Rogers, himself, laugh as he plays it.

Mr. McFeely stops by and informs Mister Rogers that a local television station will be airing a film about sea gulls and Mister Rogers is in the film. After Mister Rogers plays the Laughs record for Mr. McFeely, they set a timer and wait a full minute for the film about seagulls to begin. They watch the film on a television set near the front door.

Visiting Negri's Music Shop, Mister Rogers meets Phyllis Susen who demonstrates different types of harps. Before leaving the shop, Mister Rogers buys a record of harp music.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin and King Friday watch as Lady Elaine Fairchilde is interviewed on television. Disinterested in Lady Elaine's comments, King Friday changes the channel and suggests that Lady Aberlin go to the Museum-Go-Round.

At the Museum, Lady Elaine reveals that while she was on Jupiter, she discovered a new planet -- Planet Purple. After the interview, Lady Elaine shares a "photo" of Planet Purple showing that everything there is purple and everyone looks the same.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how everyone on Planet Purple is the same. He plays his new record of harp music and then a record of accordian music to show that variety is good. He concludes by singing It's You I Like.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1237 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
 Neighborhood Archive.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Episode 1234 [1972]

Original Air Date: April 13, 1972


Mister Rogers arrives with a collection of sea shells which he takes to the sand table in the back yard. Looking at the differences between them, he talks about the beach and thinks of walking in the sand.

Francois Clemmons stops by meet with the Browns about renting out a room in their theater for his music studio. Bob and Judy Brown welcome Francois to their theater. Mister Rogers is introduced to one of the Browns' marionettes -- a clown named Gus -- before Francois Clemmons sings It's Such a Good Feeling.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Henreitta Pussycat and Francois Clemmons grow concerned that X the Owl may be taking his appreciation of Benjamin Franklin too far.

Meanwhile, at the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine Fairchilde has reached Jupiter and sends back an image of sea shells that she has seen. She also informs X that no one on Jupiter has heard of Benjamin Franklin; however, she has told them all about X and everyone else in Make-Believe. Driving home the point that X himself is important -- whether or not he is dress up like Benjamin Franklin -- Francois Clemmons and Henrietta Pussycat sing It's You I Like.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how each person is special before Mrs. McFeely stops by with a sea shell of her own.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1234 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Episode 1233 [1972]

Original Air Date: April 12, 1972


Mister Rogers arrives with a wooden duck which spins as the wind blows. With no breeze in his yard, Mister Rogers remembers a time when he had the wooden duck outside on a very windy day.

Mr. McFeely stops by with a real duck on loan from his farmer friend. Mister Rogers feels that the duck is frightened and Mr. McFeely returns it to the farm.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday has had a statue of himself sculpted and expects that it will be taken to Jupiter by Lady Elaine Fairchilde.

At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine is in full space gear and her leaf mat is ready to launch. Handyman Negri hangs the King's statue from the bottom of the mat as Francois Clemmons arrives with the squawk box that Lady Elaine will use to communicate on her trip. After X the Owl shares a departing poem with Lady Elaine, the countdown begins and she successfully lifts off on her leaf mat. Through the squawk box, Francois Clemmons sings The People You Like the Most.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers visits the Brown's Marionette Theater where the Browns are unpacking from a recent performance at a school. After they unpack, the share a short performance with Mister Rogers. Sitting with one of the marionettes, Mister Rogers sings You Are Special before talking with the Browns about where Francois Clemmons might set up a music studio. They suggest that he might use their theater when they are out or possibly rent out the back part of their building.

Concluding for the day, Mister Rogers watches a film about ducks.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 1233 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy 4th, Neighbors!

On this Independence Day, here's something that's been on the Archive site for quite some time -- but it seems appropriate to share today.


In 1976, as the United States was celebrating the bicentennial, cities across the country took pride in their own small contributions to the country's 200 years of existence. I can only assume that the ceramic stein seen here was part of the local Latrobe celebration.

With a sketch of Mister Rogers on the front, the text below reads "Mister Rogers" with "PUBLIC TELEVISION" underneath. On the back you can see a logo representing the local Latrobe celebration. In smaller print, under the logo, the text reads "LATROBE, A BICENTENNIAL COMMUNITY."

Happy 4th, neighbors.