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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0069

Original Air Date: May 23, 1968

  

Mister Rogers reads a poem about looking out the window and talks about people going to and coming from different places. Picture Picture shares some pictures of people looking through windows. As Mister Rogers looks through his own window, he sees Chef Brockett and invites him in for a visit.

After Chef Brockett sings I'm a Chef, he and Mister Rogers go to the kitchen where they make a special "window sandwich" out of peanut butter, lettuce, and bread.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin has a package to deliver to Donkey Hodie but does not know how to get to Someplace Else. Henrietta helps out by singning To Go To Someplace Else.
At Someplace Else, Lady Aberlin finds that Donkey Hodie is lonely and wishing for some visitors. The package contains a window that Donkey Hodie had ordered in hopes of looking through it for visitors to Someplace Else. Learning that no one except Donkey Hodie lives at Someplace Else, Lady Aberlin pretends to be a fairy and grants his wish for visitors.

Returning to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin makes plans with X and Henrietta to visit Donkey Hodie the next day.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how you have to make wishes happen as he cleans up the kitchen.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0069 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0068

Original Air Date: May 22, 1968

  

Mister Rogers arrives with a collection of model cycles which he plays with on the floor. He describes the difference between a tricycle, a bicycle, and a unicycle. Picture Picture shows a film about people riding real cycles includeing a tandem cycle made for two people.

After the film, Mister Rogers sings Everybody's Fancy before Mr. McFeely stops by and describes how he rides his delivery bicycle. Mister Rogers is invited to "Miss Nelson and Bruce's dance studio" to see a musical computer.

At the dance studio, Mister Rogers visits with Bruce Haack who demonstrates a synthesizer which allows him to create various sounds. Miss Nelson arrives with a group of young dance students who spin as they sing a song about wheels. The children continue moving and singing to the various sounds of the synthesizer as they pretend to ride bicycles and pretend that they are cats.

Mr. McFeely finds Mister Rogers at the dance studio to tell him that there is a surprise for him back at the house. Upon returning to his house, Mister Rogers enters to find his cat, Blackberry, waiting for him inside.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0068 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0067

Original Air Date: May 21, 1968

  

Mister Rogers arrives with a yo-yo and spends some time talking about things that go up and down. Mentioning that it can be difficult to make a yo-yo work properly, Mister Rogers sings I Like You as You Are. Moving to the floor, he demonstrates a toy hydraulic lift that raises cars for repair. Picture Picture shares a film about a real hydraulic lift.

The Trolley arrives and is decorated in celebration of the new factory's dedication. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday compliments Handyman Negri on the new factory and asks that he check the elevators inside to be sure they are working properly.

At the factory, Handyman Negri is making a final inspection when Lady Elaine Fairchilde tells him that King Friday is afraid of elevators. She mentions that she is planning to play a trick on the King when he is giving his speech at the dedication. Lady Aberlin arrives at the factory and sings Today is a Special Day with Corny.

The dedication of the factory begins with a speech from King Friday who is startled when he is turned upside down just a few words into his comments. Initially, he thinks that something has gone wrong with the elevator but quickly finds that he has been the victim of one of Lady Elaine's boomerang tricks. Turned right-side-up, King Friday finishes his dedication of the factory and everyone sings Down and Up.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings Down and Up as he pretends that he is on an elevator. He talks about being upside-down or dizzy and how it can be disorienting. He compares it to a baby learning to walk and then sings I Like You as You Are.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0067 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Sunday, September 23, 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.

 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

E0066 Curiosities

A couple of curiosities jumped out at me in watching the most recent episode (0066) covered here on the Neighborhood Archive.

First, Mime Walker's car in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe has me wanting to know more. When he places the inflatable pillow on the car's seat, the car's brand is seen quite clearly but I can't seem to find anything online anywhere about it.

Marx-a-bar? Maybe. Marx was indeed a toy company that produced ride-on cars in the 1960's. Anyone know some details about this thing? Not that I want one. I'm just curious.


Then at the end of the episode, as Mister Rogers sings with his son sitting on his lap, I can't help but think of A Christmas Story. Wearing the goggles, doesn't John remind you of the kid in front of Ralphie in the line to see Santa?



UPDATE: Thanks to some quick detective work by Neighborhood Archive reader Galen Fott, it has been determined that Mime Walker's car is a Marx-a-Cart. This battery-operated car was manufactured by Marx Toys. For images of a Marx-a-Cart, click the link posted in the comments section of this post or visit the Episode 0066 page on the Neighborhood Archive. Thanks for some fancy sleuthing, Galen!

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0066

Original Air Date: May 20, 1968

  

Mister Rogers arrives with a bag of model antique cars which he plays with on the floor. One of the cars has people in it which reminds Mister Rogers of the special clothing they might have worn in the open cars. Going to the closet, he takes out and tries on a duster, a cap, and a pair of goggles similar to what may have been worn in an antique car.

After Picture Picture shows a film about people driving real antique cars, Mister Rogers special friend John stops by to play with the cars.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mime Walker is traveling through on a small battery-powered car. In his own special way, he explains to Daniel Striped Tiger how he purchased the car. He mentions that he is on his way to the factory where he hopes to get a softer seat for his car.

Corny is proud to show off his newly-built factory to Mime Walker. Corny suggests using some of his rocking chair wood for the seat, but it is still too hard. When Sara Saturday stops by to see the new factory, she suggests using a cushion to soften the car seat. Corny makes an inflatable cushion for Mime Walker which fits his car perfectly.

Back at the house, John tries on the goggles and cap. He sits with Mister Rogers in the rocking chair as Mister Rogers sings Please Don't Think It's Funny.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0066 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Episode 112

Original Air Date: September 18, 2012
Titles: Fruit Picking Day / Daniel is Big Enough to Help Dad

 

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 112 of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, click the images above or visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0065

Original Air Date: May 17, 1968

  

Mister Rogers arrives with a bag of toy wooden logs which he uses to build a house on the floor. As he builds, he sings You're Growing as he talks about the family that might live inside the house.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lloyd Lingeman is in the castle gymnasium with a group of young gymnasts who are sharing some tumbling techniques with King Friday.

Meanwhile, Lady Aberlin is at the tree talking with X the Owl about fire safety. Henrietta Pussycat gives her a set of curtains she has made for Corny's new factory. With this and the many other items provided by various Neighbors, work on rebuilding the factory has begun.

At the factory site, Handyman Negri is hard at work when Lady Aberlin and X arrive to lend a hand. Corny is very pleased with the curtains made by Henrietta Pussycat but quickly realizes that everyone except King Friday seems to be helping to rebuild the factory. Handyman Negri is called to the castle where he finds a contribution to the factory from King Friday -- a new weather vane resembling the King himself.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers picks up his toy logs as he talks about how everyone in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe seems to be contributing to the factory in their own way. He concludes by singing Then Your Heart is Full of Love.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0065 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Episode 111

Original Air Date: September 17, 2012
Titles: Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty / Daniel Goes to the Potty

 

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 111 of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, click the images above or visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0064

Original Air Date: May 16, 1968

  

Mister Rogers has been thinking of the fire at Corny's factory and talks about firefighters. Picture Picture shows a film about firefighters preparing to battle a fire.

Mr. McFeely arrives with a set of firefighter's gear on loan from the Neighborhood volunteer firefighters. Mister Rogers tries on the gear and pretends that he is rescuing a doll sitting in the window before he sings Some Things I Don't Understand.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday is talking to Handyman Negri to help rebuild the factory when Sara Saturday arrives to express her concern.

Corny is staying at the clock where Daniel explains to Handyman Negri that Corny is very sad and has not wanted to talk about the fire. When Handyman Negri encourages Corny by agreeing to help him rebuild the factory, Corny begins to realize that he can depend on his Neighbors during his time of trouble.

At the factory site, Handyman Negri tries to salvage some of Corny's instruments from the remnants of the factory. Lady Elaine Fairchilde arrives and expresses concern that others will think she started the fire since she is known for her occasional mischief. Handyman Negri reassures her by singing Sometimes People Are Good. Much to Corny's delight, Lady Elaine helps Handyman Negri locate some important instruments in the rubble.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings Sometimes People Are Good before Mr. McFeely returns to pick up the firefighter's gear.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0064 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Podcast #14 - Eliot Daley

When you watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, it always starts with the same familiar voiceover mentioning the show's sponsors: "The people who gave the money to make Mister Rogers' Neighborhood..."

Thanks to some quick detective work on the part of some folks from the Neighborhood Archive message board, the man behind that voice was recently tracked down and it turns out he's much more than just a voice.

From 1970-1975, Eliot Daley served as President of Small World Enterprises and Executive Vice-President of Family Communications Inc. (later renamed the Fred Rogers Company).

Listen in to Episode 14 of the Neighborhood Archive Podcast as Tim visits with Mr. Daley and learns many fascinating details about the early years of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Some of our topics include merchandising, the business side of the Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, and the power of Fred Rogers.

This episode runs just short of an hour but I think it'll be worth your every minute!


Here is a link that may come in handy before and/or while you listen:

A few important technical notes:

As you may know, I'm still dealing with some frustrating issues with iTunes that neither they nor the company hosting my files can seem to fix (or should I say, are willing to fix) at this time. So this leaves you a few different options when it comes to listening to current and past episodes of the Neighborhood Archive Podcast.
  • Manually subscribe through iTunes. Open iTunes on your computer and click on "Advanced" in the top menu. Select "Subscribe to Podcast" and enter http://www.neighborhoodarchive.com/na_pod.xml in the box. Although download speeds can be slow using this method, this is the method that I would prefer listeners use at this time.
  • Use the bar above to play the current episode through your web browser. A similar bar can be found on blog posts about past episodes as well. You can search for those using the search box in the top left corner of this page.
  • Go to the Podcast page of the Neighborhood Archive and right click on any episode number to save the mp3 file directly to your computer. This will also allow you put the episode on your phone or mp3 player to listen to on the go.
So there you have it. Three ways to get to the podcast. Choose whichever one works best for you.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0063

Original Air Date: May 15, 1968

  

Mister Rogers arrives with a bag of buns given to him by Chef Brockett on his way in. Chef Brockett asked him to warm them in the oven. In the kitchen, Mister Rogers turns on the oven and places the eight hot dog buns inside. While he waits for them to warm, he slices an extra bun and places it in the toaster before singing I Think I'm Going To Like Today.

Chef Brockett arrives and invites Mister Rogers outside where he and Mr. McFeely have grilled hot dogs for everyone in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. As Chef Brockett places the hot dogs in the buns, Mr. McFeely talks about using the grill safely. There are two extra hot dogs -- one for Mr. McFeely and one for Mister Rogers.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel Striped Tiger and Lady Aberlin are at the clock where Daniel sings I'm Tame. They hear a call for help coming from Corny's factory where a fire is found in the boiler room. Lady Aberlin rushes to the castle to inform King Friday but he is busy walking Mimus Polyglottos and requires her to make an appointment to see him.

Meanwhile, Chef Brockett has extinguished the fire at the factory which appears to be a total loss. Of course, Corny is upset by the loss but thankfully no one was hurt by the fire. Daniel invites Corny to stay at the clock until the factory can be rebuilt.

Marie Torre arrives at the castle to interview King Friday for the Neighborhood News.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about fire safety and sings I'm Taking Care of You. As Mister Rogers is leaving, Chef Brockett arrives to assure him that everyone in the Neighborhood is safe.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0063 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Episode 110

Original Air Date: September 13, 2012
Titles: Daniel Shares His Tigertastic Car / Katerina Shares Her Tutu

 

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 110 of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, click the images above or visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0062

Original Air Date: May 14, 1968

  

Mister Rogers has been visiting his friends on the farm who have a pump and a cow. He talks about how water comes from a pump and milk comes from a cow. In the kitchen, Mister Rogers pours himself some milk and drinks it with a straw as he talks about how water travels through pipes to get into his house.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the well outside the factory is complete with pipes taking water inside. As Corny greets viewers, he sings I'm a Man Who Manufactures.

Scientist Alder stops by to test the water coming from the pump and finds that it is okay to drink. Pouring some water into a kingly glass, King Friday is kindly offered the first water from the pump.

Back at the house, Mrs. Rubin has arrived with a variety of art projects made with straws. She and Mister Rogers work together to make artwork of their own. Mister Rogers concludes by talking about how Corny wanted nothing in return for the water he offered to King Friday -- it was simply a neighborly gesture of kindness.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0062 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Episode 109

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Episode 109
Original Air Date: September 12, 2012
Titles: A Trip to the Enchanted Garden / A Trip to the Crayon Factory

 

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 109 of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, click the images above or visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0061

Original Air Date: May 13, 1968

  

Mister Rogers arrives with a bucket of dirt which he takes to the kitchen where a large pan is set up on the table. Spreading the dirt, he adds a small amount of water and makes a few mud pies. After making a dam in the remaining dirt, Mister Rogers sings Sometimes People Are Good.

Professor Fitzpatrick stops by with a few prints showing the work of Winslow Homer. After showing the prints, he creates a some chalk drawings including an ocean wave and a tree in water.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Joey Hollingsworth is digging a well outside the factory and dances some dirt across the Neighbohrood to Daniel's clock. He explains to Daniel how a water pump works before performing a short water pumping dance.

Returning to the factory, Joey installs the pump and primes it with a cup of water delivered by Daniel. Corny gives a selling hat to Joey as he sets off on his next rockit-selling assignment.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers cleans up the kitchen as he concludes his visit.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0061 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Episode 108

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Episode 108
Original Air Date: September 11, 2012
Titles: Something Special For Dad / I Love You, Mom

 

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 108 of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, click the images above or visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0060

Original Air Date: May 10, 1968

  

Mister Rogers arrives with a clown marionette which he demonstrates before he sings The Clown in Me. Mr. McFeely stops by with an invitation to the dance recital in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel Striped Tiger and Lady Aberlin are reading the same invitation. They are find that the end of the invitation specifies that there is to be no applause at the recital. Lady Aberlin plays a clapping game with Daniel before she visits the factory where she learns that Joey Hollingsworth has been rehearsing at the castle all morning long.

In addition to his no-clapping rule, King Friday changes the time of the dance recital which causes Sara Saturday to miss the beginning. After a speech from the King, applause is expected so he lifts his ban on clapping. Joey Hollingsworth continues his recital before Sara Saturday expresses her appreciation to King Friday even though he has done his best to keep her from Mr. Hollingsworth. Realizing that Sara Saturday was thinking of him, even though she was enjoying Mr. Hollingsworth's performance, King Friday requests that the recital continue.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about King Friday's feelings of jealousy. He concludes by singing Tree Tree Tree.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0060 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Episode 107

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Episode 107
Original Air Date: September 10, 2012
Titles: Friends Help Each Other / Daniel Helps O Tell a Story

 

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 107 of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, click the images above or visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0059

Original Air Date: May 9, 1968

  

Mister Rogers arrives with some tools which he demonstrates as he talks about why people use tools. He explains that some people know how to use tools very well before he sings You Have To Learn Your Trade.

With a leaky kitchen faucet, Mister Rogers has called Handyman Negri for help. When he arrives, Handyman Negri demonstrates a few tools before he repairs the faucet.

Moving on to the bathroom, Handyman Negri takes a look inside Mister Rogers' toilet which lost its water. He quickly determines that this repair requires a new part which he needs to order.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Tadpole Frogg has broken the fountain at the Frogg pond. After a bit of troubleshooting, Handyman Negri is able to fix the issue and water begins to flow once again.

At the tree, X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat talk to Handyman Negri about how they used to be afraid they would go down the drain when a toilet flushed. Moving on to the castle, Handyman Negri talks with Edgar Cooke who says that King Friday has requested that his shower head be adjusted to spray blue water instead of purple water.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers returns to the bathroom where he shows the drains in the toilet, the sink, and the bathtub and explains that no person can go down those drains.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0059 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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