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General Discussion / Clips on YouTube
« Last post by cjsebes on July 31, 2019, 10:13:43 PM »
I'm curious as to why some clips from MRN get blocked and some don't.

I have a channel devoted to my fascination with traffic signals. It's not monetized. I would never expect to make money from this odd-ball hobby. But, of course, I want to share clips of MRN that involve traffic signals. Currently, I have five videos that are viewable and marked with copyright claims, but are still viewable. However, one has a copyright claim and is blocked. If they're blocking one because of a copyright, shouldn't every clip on YouTube be blocked? Are there some clips they don't bother with? I don't know why five of the six clips are still on my channel.

Odd things is, the ones that are still visible are titled with "Mister Rogers" where the one that is blocked has "Mr. Rogers" in the title. I might reload it and change the name just to see what happens.

Any thoughts?
General Discussion / Favorite Piece of MRN Trivia?
« Last post by Tame Tiger_143 on July 22, 2019, 04:06:30 PM »
Hi, neighbors! I'm new to posting here and am taking the bold step of opening with a new topic. Tim has assembled a trove of MRN-related information here with, I hope, more still to come. In celebration of this impressive undertaking that means so much to many of us who grew up with the Neighborhood, I wonder if anyone can point to a favorite piece of trivia or special detail they learned through the Neighborhood Archive?

For me, one that stands out is that, according to the episode guide, the human-sized Lady Elaine in the dream sequence from Episode 1702 ("Helping" week) was portrayed by Matt Meko (aka Purple Panda in the later episodes). I well remember this episode from when I was little (giving away my age, or lack thereof)  and, believe it or not, I always used to wonder who could possibly have played that uncredited silent part. The sight of Lady Elaine dancing through the NOMB with a large vacuum sweeper is difficult to forget.  I'm so pleased that someone else was apparently attentive and curious enough to pursue that detail, and quite appreciative that the performer was able to confirm it via social media.

As of my latest info, Matt Meko now teaches yoga in Hawaii--yet another instance of the interesting and colorful people who gravitated towards Fred Rogers and vice versa.

The other reason I always remember this episode is because it coincided with the appearance of the Jabali Afrika music group at Negri's store. I found their instruments and rhythms fascinating as a child and, as an adult, have enjoyed rediscovering their music (look them up online!) with greater understanding.

Episodes / Re: "Violence in the News" Special
« Last post by Tame Tiger_143 on July 22, 2019, 03:26:15 PM »
Hi, neighbors! I'm new to the forum, though I've "listened in" from time to time. I'd heard of this episode, but its only broadcast was well before my time. I'm curious whether any further information is available/has come to light. since this thread started...?

Tim, given that you have most of the other "Talks to Parents" specials now logged in the episode guide, is there any particular reason you haven't been able to view this one?

It appears to be archived on video at the University of Pittsburgh library, if you it look up on their catalogue or on WorldCat. Interestingly, Michael D. Long summarizes and writes about the special in some detail in his book "Peaceful Neighbor", which I read recently. Based on what he has written, Long must have viewed the episode--probably at Pitt. Still, there are lots of small details I'd be curious to know... for instance, if the anthropomorphic trees were actual characters or puppets, who portrayed/voiced them?

The Pitt catalogue entry lists the only neighbors as Betty Aberlin and Maurice Woods. You can find scattered information on the web about a black American actor from NY named Maurice Woods, who passed away at a young age in 1983 (two years after the MRN special). None of sources, including an NY Times obit from '83, mention MRN, but as it's an obscure special that almost no one remembers, so that's hardly conclusive. Going back to Michael D. Long's summary, he mentions a one-time character named Edward, a black newscaster who helps Lady Elaine report on the tree murder. In fact, Long describes the Edward character carrying the dead tree, just as the OP describes Handyman Negri doing, while none of the sources have any mention of Joe Negri being in this episode.

I don't wish to impeach the OP's memory, but it would be incredibly easy, having seen the special only once as a young child, to forget about a random, one-off character as one's memory tries to fill in the blanks decades later. So my current "theory" is that the late Maurice Woods plays Edward while Joe Negri is likely not included in the special at all, with OP's memory banks quite understandably associating the Edward part with the much more familiar Handyman.

That said, I hope more info about the special becomes available. Ideally, all of these programs should be available for families to view. However, based on the descriptions, part of me is glad the "Violence in the News" special NOMB segments have not leaked online. The intent was parent-child viewing, and it does not sound like something one would necessarily want very young kids to stumble across out of context or without appropriate guidance.
Toys / Re: Hello my friends
« Last post by Trolleyfan on July 02, 2019, 05:29:26 AM »
LOL I had no idea how long ago i'd been working on this  ;D I mean, not consecutively of course; but yeah...this is an RC Trolley now LOL I just have to fix the "yellow signs"
Episodes / Re: Weird thing I've noticed
« Last post by Trolleyfan on July 02, 2019, 05:23:09 AM »
I think as we near closer to the end of days, more information is going to come out about how time works, Mister Rogers Neighborhood played a strange roll in the space time continuum; and as I'm sure if you ignore how ludicrous this sounds you'll be able to come up with your own examples, including specific years, dates when mister rogers began to be pulled away from television more "strange" and awful things have been happening with more frequency. anyway, I'm not sure if the episode dates are connected to this, but there was a tug in space time around 76-82 in our timeline almost which would probably be better described as a hole, where things...kinda were, but kind weren't...honestly hard to put into words .. alright well, hope I offered some kinda help :)
We obviously know that the series never aired outside of the US, but had it ever have been, what episodes would have gotten an "Adults Only" rating in which countries?
General Discussion / Are the collection DVDs targeted at adults than kids?
« Last post by JHC1990 on June 01, 2019, 01:50:20 PM »
Who personally thinks the It's a Beautiful Day and Would You Be Mine Collection DVDs are more designed for adults than kids?

Remember: The show ended in 2001, but these DVDs were released 17-18 years after that!
General Discussion / Boom Mic Shadows and Studio Noises.
« Last post by MIKEBENNIDICT on May 20, 2019, 06:44:46 PM »
I've notice during The Twitch run, some video uploads and even mentioned here at this site  that many of the episodes from the 1st 3 years as such stuff and perhaps not as much in the season after that.

Though Fred wore a microphone once someone stopped buy you'd sometimes see a mic shadow and it a 2nd or 3rd epsidoe of the 68 season Berry Aberlin walks in and  you can see the actual mic following her and some noise just before that.

Was in just a coinncidence or did they lack the means to have avoided that?

I read long about that in the early years MRN was filmed on a sound stage or something where noise from a traffic copter often forced retakes.

Don't expect anyone to actually know but maybe have a reasonable idea.

You can even see how the 1st season there was no yard and the porch looked enclosed.

2nd season there's a front yard but no buildings to the left.
Episodes / Re: Weird thing I've noticed
« Last post by MIKEBENNIDICT on May 20, 2019, 03:22:44 PM »
All of the years from 1968-1975 usually debuted in January instead of September which would of meant that they would of probably began taping shows late the previous year. However I don't think anyone has ever solved the mystery on why would of put 1972-1973- etc. for the next 2 seasons.
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