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Episode 1037

Air Date: April 1, 1969
Previous Episode: 1036
Next Episode: 1038

Mister Rogers arrives with a toy bed for a baby doll and pretends that his doll is moving from a crib to a bed. With the doll tucked into the new bed, Mister Rogers sings Please Don't Think It's Funny before asking Picture Picture to share a film about how people make mattresses.

Using his hands, Mister Rogers pretends that his fingers are mattress springs. He also pretends that his hands are a growing plant and a trolley.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri is tired after staying up most of the night making a leaf mattress for the Wizard of Lupovich. Handyman Negri shows Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl the kinds of leaves he used in making the mattress. With two leaves in his hands, Handyman Negri joins X and Henrietta as they sing One and One are Two before they all talk about how they sleep.

At the castle, the Wizard of Lupovich is ready to return to his home as King Friday complains of having a "sniffle or two." After a quick examination of the King, Dr. Bill find nothing wrong but gives him some cotton balls to make him feel better.

Before the wizard wishes himself home, he gives King Friday a magic box which is to be opened tomorrow. King Friday asks Handyman Negri to open the box but the lid will not budge. Everyone sings Wait and See as they anticipate the coming day when they can look inside the box.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about when he was a boy and wished that he was a grown-up instead. Recognizing the significance of growing up, Mister Rogers is glad that the wish did not come true. He concludes by singing Parents Were Little Once Too.


The Wizard of Lupovich reveals the location of his home: "beyond the Northern Star, across the middle galaxy, and to the west of Orion."

The film about people making mattresses also appears in Episode 1219.

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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: Betty Aberlin, W.P. Barker, Penn Lupovich (uncredited), Joe Negri
Film: Diana Dean, George Boyle
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

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