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Episode 1023

Episode 1023
Topic N/A
Air Date March 12, 1969
Songs Won't You Be My Neighbor?;
The Alphabet Song;
We Welcome You Today;
Tomorrow
Guests None

Mister Rogers has come from the library where he was looking for a book -- Looking For Letters -- which is checked out. Instead, he arrives with cut-outs of the letters A and Z. As Picture Picture shows the letters of the alphabet, Mister Rogers sings The Alphabet Song.

Mr. McFeely arrives with a copy of Looking For Letters which Mister Rogers reads for viewers as an animated film of the book's illustrations is shown.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel Striped Tiger is having his turn playing with the magic kite. Officer Clemmons stops by on his way to take a broken chair to Handyman Negri for repairs. When he hides behind the clock, he sings and tricks Daniel into thinking his voice belongs to the kite.

Birdwatching outside the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine Fairchilde mistakes the kite for a new kind of bird but Nurse Miller explains that it is actually a special kite.

At the clock, Daniel tells Nurse Miller and X the Owl that the kite sang to him earlier. Nurse Miller asks them to keep their eyes on the kite as she sings We Welcome You Today. Daniel and X believe that the singing is coming from the magic kite. Nurse Miller playfully speculates that the kite must sound like the nearest singer.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers uses a teddy bear to sing The Alphabet Song before Officer Clemmons stops by with his broken chair. Handyman Negri is very busy and does not have time to fix the chair but Mister Rogers is more than happy to help with the repairs.


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Notes

  • Daniel got the first turn with the kite because he is the smallest.
  • One of the chair pieces resembles the letter H. Mister Rogers and Officer Clemmons also make an H by facing each other and shaking hands.
  • Looking For Letters was also featured in Episode 0010, Episode 1058, Episode 1174, and Episode 1217.

Episode Credits

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in association with Small World Enterprises, Inc. for N.E.T.

Created and Produced by Fred Rogers
Directed by David Fu-Ying Chen
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
Neighbors: Francois Clemmons, Maxine Miller, David Newell (uncredited)
Film: Tom Minchin, Ted Minchin
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears Roebuck Foundation and a children's program fund established by N.E.T. affiliated stations.

© 1969 National Educational Television and Radio Center


Appearing In This Episode

Mister Rogers | Mr. McFeely | Daniel Striped Tiger | Officer Clemmons | Nurse Miller | X the Owl | Lady Elaine Fairchilde

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