|THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers|
Charles R. "Chuck" Aber is a very active member of the real Neighborhood as he is a jack of many trades. Mr. Aber first appeared in the Neighborhood as a guard delivering samples of real gold to Mister Rogers' house.
Over the years to come, Mr. Aber is seen as the manager of the Neighborhood miniature golf course, a deliveryman for Mr. McFeely's Speedy Delivery service, and the owner of a local dance studio. Mr. Aber recognizes his versitile nature: "I'm a pilot and I work for a delivery service. Sometimes I'm a salesman and I like to sing on the side."
A lover of the arts, Mr. Aber occasionally stops by to visit Mister Rogers with Ella Jenkins as they sing folk songs -- many with hand actions to go along with the song. Mr. Aber is also fluent in sign language as he occasionally will sign as song as he or another Neighbor sings. Talented as a puppeteer, Mr. Aber is the voice behind H.J. Elephant and Mr. Skunk.
Breaking the Fourth Wall
In all of the modern episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Chuck Aber is the only character in the real Neighborhood who ever directly addressed the television viewers (aside from the many individuals who offered a nod or wave as they were introduced by Mister Rogers). In Episode 1578, Mister Rogers needs to leave the house for a meeting and asks Chuck Aber to stay with the viewers while he is gone. During his time with viewers, Mr. Aber has a conversation with Mr. Skunk. He also spends some time demonstrating sign language and sings Many Ways to Say I Love You.
Puppet / Costume Variations
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
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