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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spoken Nerd in the NOM

As some of you are aware, I love hip-hop. I love the style, the sound, and the mindset of the hip-hop culture. You may remember my blog post from last year about the five elements of the Neighborhood. It's always cool when various parts of my life collide -- as was the case again recently.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine turned me on to the music of Propaganda -- a Los Angeles-based artist with a strong message and positive spiritual component to his rhymes. Scouring the internet for a good deal on Propaganda's music, I found my way back to Sphere of Hip-Hop -- an online store I had visited in the past. Low prices encouraged me to browse their full catalog and that's when I saw an album cover I never expected to see.


For five bucks, there was no doubt I was buying this, too.

Much like Propaganda, Spoken Nerd has a clear level of spirituality and positivity to his music. At a time when the radio is full of lyrical garbage, any artist with a respectable message is okay in my book. There's parts of this album that are pretty solid and other parts that I could certainly do without, but overall, definitely worth the purchase.

From a Mister Rogers perspective, there is nothing on this album aside from the title and graphic design that has anything to do with the Neighborhood (which is why this can be found under Miscellaneous on the Archive site rather than Music).

Still, the art alone makes this well worth a mention as part of all-things Mister Rogers.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Webster "Cameo"

Thanks to the pop culture dome of knowledge that is Guy Hutchinson, another random Mister Rogers "cameo" has been found.

On the first episode of Webster (1983) -- "Another Ballgame" -- Katherine does her best to explain to Webster that she would not be a suitable parent for him.

Katherine: "It isn't that I don't like children. I love children. Other people's children." 
Webster: "I'm other people's children." 
Katherine: " Yeah. Let me try it another way...I don't know things. I don't know lots of things that you may need me to know. Like Mister Rogers. I've never seen Mister Rogers. I don't even know his first name." 
Webster: "Fred."
As usual, groundbreaking. I know.

For other Mister Rogers randomness, visit the Miscellanous section of the Neighbohrood Archive.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0082

Original Air Date: June 11, 1968


Mister Rogers arrives with a large wooden structure made by his friend Jim Wright. Standing it upright, Mister Rogers sings Let's Be Together as he tries to help viewers think of what the structure might be.

Mr. Wright stops by with some other materials which he attaches to the wooden structure to form a tent. He talks about camping with his family as he shows a variety of other camping supplies. Mr. Wright mentions that he is on his way to deliver some small tents to Lady Elaine Fairchilde.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. Wright delivers the tents to Lady Elaine as Lady Aberlin arrives at the castle and shares her concern about what King Friday will think of the campsite when he returns. Quickly making an excuse for the tents, Lady Elaine explains that the tents are for an upcoming opera.

At the tree, X the Owl has the Lady Elaine in-the-box which was delivered the previous day and gives it to Lady Aberlin. Lady Aberlin shares the news of the opera with X and Henrietta Pussycat before moving on to tell Daniel Striped Tiger as well. Everyone is surprised to hear about the opera since Reardon had not mentioned anything about it. Daniel and Lady Aberlin sing You're Growing.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers wonders if Lady Elaine has made up the idea about the opera. Sitting near the tent, Mister Rogers talks about making up an opera about camping as he sings I Like To Be Told.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0082 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0081

Original Air Date: June 10, 1968

Mister Rogers has spent some time over the weekend responding to some letters from friends and takes a moment to finish the last letter. Waiting on the porch for the mailman to pass by, he sings You Are Special.

Mr. McFeely stops by and graciously agrees to mail the letter for Mister Rogers since the mailman has already passed by. Back inside, Picture Picture shows a film about what happens to a letter after it is dropped in a mailbox.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Reardon is delivering mail through the Neighborhood when he stops by the clock to talk with Daniel. He shares a letter from King Friday and Edgar Cooke who are enjoying their visit with Sara Saturday. Reardon agrees to stay in the Neighborhood for a few days to help out while King Friday and Edgar are away.

At the tree, Reardon has a letter for X the Owl who shares that he has been asked by Lady Elaine Fairchilde to help set up camp sites at the castle. It turns out that the letter is from Lady Elaine herself and communicates the same request.

Moving on, Reardon finds Lady Elaine setting up tents in the castle garden. She thinks a royal castle camp site would be of great interest to others as it would be the only one of its kind in the world. Reardon is not so sure that King Friday would agree -- let alone approve. Before leaving, Reardon delivers a box to Lady Elaine which turns to be a Lady Elaine Fairchilde-in-the-box -- a jack-in-the-box type toy with a Lady Elaine puppet inside.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about Lady Elaine and how sometimes people just like to play. He concludes by singing The Clown in Me and demonstrating a jack-in-the-box.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0081 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Episode 014

Original Air Date: October 25, 2012
Titles: Thank You, Grandpere Tiger! / Neighborhood Thank You Day


For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 114 of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, click the images above or visit the Neighborhood Archive.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0080

Original Air Date: June 7, 1968


Mister Rogers arrives with a tool bucket and wearing a protective hard hat. Putting on a pair of boots, he talks about telephones and telephone line workers. He also shows a pair of special gloves and climbers used by line workers. Picture Pictures shares a film about a real telephone line worker.

After the film, Mister Rogers sings Everybody's Fancy as he takes off the protective gear. Jerry Gleba -- a telephone installer -- stops by and shows the inside of a telephone. He talks about going to school to learn about telephone repair.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is dancing about. At the oak tree, X the Owl and Henrietta Pussycat tell her that King Friday and Edgar Cooke have been invited to visit Sara Saturday but the king is not sure if they will go. Chiming in as usual, Lady Elaine Fairchilde seems a little too eager as she encourages Lady Aberlin to talk King Friday into going.

At the factory, Corny sings I'm a Man Who Manufactures as Lady Aberlin passes by on her way to the castle. He seems to understand King Friday a bit more than the others as he, too, is very busy.

At the castle, King Friday has decided against going to visit Sara Saturday so he can stay in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and tend to the castle. However, after a phone call to Sara Saturday, King Friday changes his mind when he realizes that he would much rather see her in person. It is decided that he and Edgar Cooke will pay her a visit over the weekend.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers wonders what Lady Elaine might be planning. He concludes by singing Peace and Quiet.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0080 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lady Elaine & an Extra Daniel

I'm super excited to have finally added the last of the seven Ideal figures to my collection. Lady Elaine had been eluding me for quite some time but I finally tracked her down.

I was able to pick up this figure along with a Daniel Striped Tiger figure which, of course, leaves me with an extra. If anyone is interested in this extra Daniel figure, please drop me a line and we can work out the details. Otherwise, he'll be hitting eBay in the very near future.

He's a little dirty on his back side and has a little paint missing from being played with -- but overall, he's in pretty decent shape.


UPDATE: Much faster than I ever expected, this extra Daniel figure is spoken for and no longer up for grabs.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0079

Original Air Date: June 6, 1968


Mister Rogers arrives with a small empty box. Cutting some paper in the shape of a receiver, he uses the box and some yarn to make a pretend telephone. Making a "call" to viewers, Mister Rogers sings I Like You As You Are.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Miss Nebraska -- a communication arranger -- is at the castle talking with Edgar Cooke about all of the ways that King Friday might make contact with Sara Saturday. Deciding that a phone call is best, Miss Nebraska attempts to use her bubble number finder to find Sara Saturday's number. Unfortunately, she is out of bubble finder liquid so Edgar Cooke goes inside to find some. Inside the castle, he finds King Friday exercising with Coach Saunders.

Back outside in the castle garden, Miss Nebraska and Edgar use the bubble number finder to determine Sara Saturday's phone number. The number is returned to them by way of a magical balloon. As Edgar and Coach Saunders retrieve a telephone, Miss Nebraska introduces herself to King Friday. Once the phone is in hand, a call is made to Sara Saturday who invites King Friday and Edgar Cooke to visit her house. King Friday hesitates as he is very busy and does not like change -- he would prefer Sara Saturday visit his kingdom. The others do their best to convince him otherwise.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers blows some bubbles as he sings One and One Are Two.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0079 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0078

Original Air Date: June 5, 1968


Mister Rogers provides a favor to Mr. McFeely by watching a cat named Pink Paws. In preparation, Mister Rogers opens a can of cat food in the kitchen and puts it in a food bowl. He also pours some milk in a separate bowl.

Moving to the couch, Mister Rogers sings the Alphabet Song. He takes out a copy of a record album he made which includes this song. Mister Rogers sings along as the Alphabet Song plays on the record player.

Mr. McFeely stops by with Pink Paws. When Mister Rogers offers the cat some food, it is too nervous to eat. Mister Rogers talks about how it is sometimes difficult to visit new and unfamiliar places.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri is cataloging words throughout the Neighborhood based on the first letter of each word. When he stops by the tree, Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl sing the Alphabet Song with Handyman Negri.

After visiting with Mrs. Frogg at the Museum-Go-Round, Handyman Negri goes to the castle for his appointment with King Friday. Arriving late for the appointment, Handyman Negri is instructed to say "I beg your pardon" thirteen times. King Friday suggests adding Sara Saturday to the "S" page of Handyman Negri's letter index and commands Handyman Negri to make contact with her by the next day.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers uses Picture Picture to show the letters of the alphabet. After Pink Paws eats some of the food Mister Rogers has prepared, Mr. McFeely returns for the cat. He gives Mister Rogers an apple to thank him for watching Pink Paws.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0078 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0077

Original Air Date: June 4, 1968


Mister Rogers arrives with an electric guitar amplifier which will be demonstrated by a teenage friend of his. As he plugs in the amplifier to prepare for his friend's arrival, Mister Rogers explains the meaning of "teenage."

Johnny Lively arrives with his guitar and plugs in to the amplifier as he describes the various parts of his guitar and the different sounds it can make. At Mister Rogers' request, Johnny plays some "teenage music."

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin has brought a group of teenagers to the castle to perform in hopes of cheering up King Friday. Bernie Jessol demonstrates his gymnastic talents on the parallel bars before Charlotte Yeh creates oxygen as part of a scientific experiment. After Johnny Lively arrives at the castle and plays his guitar, Lady Aberlin sings I'm Taking Care of You for King Friday. Finally, Akeba Blazia performs an African folk dance and is followed by Lynda Martin who shares a baton routine.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sits at the piano and talks about how it takes practice to be able to do things well. He concludes by singing You're Growing.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0077 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Grow and Learn with Mister Rogers (Series 2)

I recently picked up a collection of books (Series 2) from the Grow and Learn with Mister Rogers series published in 1999. Intended for parents and/or teachers of PreK-K children, these books are very similar in nature to others published around the same time such as Mister Rogers' Playtime.

These books are filled with many solid suggestions for helping children become more aware of themselves, their environments, and the people around them. In typical Mister Rogers fashion, most activites can be done using everyday household items and require no special equipment or supplies.

There are six books in this series. Click the images below for more details on each title... some point I'll cover the six books in Series 1 of Grow and Learn with Mister Rogers.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0076

Original Air Date: June 3, 1968


Mister Rogers arrives with a suitcase full of dolls -- several babies, a clown, and a Raggedy Ann. Using a paper napkin, Mister Rogers makes a skirt for the Raggedy Ann doll before singing Sometimes People Are Good.

Betty Aberlin stops by with a doll with a blank face. Mister Rogers gives her a marker to draw a face on the doll which she is planning to take to King Friday. The King has been unhappy lately so Lady Aberlin is sure to draw a big smile on the doll's face.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Dr. Marchl talks with Corny about his new factory and how his neighbors helped him after the fire. After Corny sings I'm a Man Who Manufactures, Dr. Marchl moves on to the Frogg pond where he talks with Mrs. Frogg about Tadpole who she feels is growing up too fast. Dr. Marchl helps her to realize that it is her good parenting that is helping Tad to grow.

At the castle, Lady Aberlin delivers the doll and cup custard to King Friday. She brings greetings from many friends in other neighborhoods before King Friday gladly accepts her gifts. When King Friday takes the custard inside to the C room, Edgar Cooke and Lady Aberlin realize that the King is unhappy because he misses Sara Saturday. Together they sing I'm Missing Someone Badly.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers shares a doll made from paper by some young neighbors. Making a shirt for the doll out of a paper napkin, Mister Rogers sings I'm a Man Who Manufactures.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0076 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Episode 0075

Original Air Date: May 31, 1968


Mister Rogers invites viewers to the porch where he shows a thermometer and describes how it is read. He goes back inside to show a few other thermometers including an oral thermometer used to take a person's temperature. Describing a person who is not feeling well, Mister Rogers covers himself with a blanket on the couch as he sings Please Don't Think It's Funny.

Miss Emilie stops by for the first time in a while as she has not been feeling well. She shares a poem about people coming back before she is invited to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe by King Friday XIII.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is dressed up as X the Owl but Daniel quickly recognizes her despite the costume. Miss Emilie arrives at the clock where Daniel is very delighted to see her and presents her with a tiger lily. Miss Emile recognizes that Daniel has grown since she last saw him -- and she is amazed to find that X the Owl has really grown. Visiting the tree, she sees Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl and realizes that the larger X is actually Lady Aberlin dressed in costume.

At the castle, King Friday welcomes Miss Emilie back and commands her to stay well. Miss Emilie shares a poem about friends returning.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about how it takes time for people to get better when they are sick. He concludes by singing I'm Taking Care of You.

For details, notes, and more screenshots from Episode 0075 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, visit the
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Podcast #18 - Our Small World (Part 3)

Wrapping up Our Small World, let me start by offering a few pages that I don't cover in a lot of detail on the podcast. The middle section of the book includes a play for children to perform called "It's a Small World" which includes many photos of characters from a similar segment on the Children's Corner. Click the images below for a closer look at a few familiar faces (Hischer Booptrunk) and several new ones (McFeely Punk).


The book rounds out with some handwritten sheet music for four or five songs from the Children's Corner. Below is Goodnight God, an example from this section of the book. Again, click these images for a larger view.


Finally, let's wrap things up with the portions written by Lady Elaine Fairchilde and X the Owl. I hope you've enjoyed hearing from this book!


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 in the box.
  • 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.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Card From Audrey Roth

After talking with Audrey Roth a few weeks ago for Podcast Episode 0015, I was delighted for receive a card from her in the mail this week. The card features the Neighborhood Trolley over a sketch of several characters from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Opening the card, the full sketch is revealed with room to write by opening the card even further.

Here's to hoping for another conversation with Audrey very soon!