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Episode 1233

Air Date: April 12, 1972
Previous Episode: 1232
Next Episode: 1234

Mister Rogers arrives with a wooden duck which spins as the wind blows. With no breeze in his yard, Mister Rogers remembers a time when he had the wooden duck outside on a very windy day.

Mr. McFeely stops by with a real duck on loan from his farmer friend. Mister Rogers feels that the duck is frightened and Mr. McFeely returns it to the farm.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday has had a statue of himself sculpted and expects that it will be taken to Jupiter by Lady Elaine Fairchilde.

At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine is in full space gear and her leaf mat is ready to launch. Handyman Negri hangs the King's statue from the bottom of the mat as Francois Clemmons arrives with the squawk box that Lady Elaine will use to communicate on her trip. After X the Owl shares a departing poem with Lady Elaine, the countdown begins and she successfully lifts off on her leaf mat. Through the squawk box, Francois Clemmons sings The People You Like the Most.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers visits the Brown's Marionette Theater where the Browns are unpacking from a recent performance at a school. After they unpack, the share a short performance with Mister Rogers. Sitting with one of the marionettes, Mister Rogers sings You Are Special before talking with the Browns about where Francois Clemmons might set up a music studio. They suggest that he might use their theater when they are out or possibly rent out the back part of their building.

Concluding for the day, Mister Rogers watches a film about ducks.


X the Owl's poem for Lady Elaine's departure:

I hope you have a happy trip
I surely hope you don't get sick
When you come back from Jupiter
We all will say you're supiter
And I am Benjamin Franklin

The first phrase spoken by Lady Elaine through the squawk box after her launch: "This is one great leap for Make-Believe."

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: W.P. Barker, Francois Clemmons, Joe Negri, David Newell, Audrey Roth and The Bob Brown Marionette Company with Dorothy Pierce
Film: Christopher Chapman
Wildlife film courtesy of U.S. Department of Interior
Music Director: John Costa
Directed by Bob Walsh

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh
The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of The Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1972 Family Communications, Inc.

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