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Episode 1240

Air Date: April 21, 1972
Previous Episode: 1239
Next Episode: 1241

Mister Rogers arrives with some paper and paint which he takes to the kitchen where a motorized contraption is set up on the table. This set-up, borrowed from Bob Trow, includes a basin surrounding a spinning platform where the paper is placed. As the motor spins the paper, a design is formed by drops of paint. Mister Rogers makes two separate paintings before Bob Trow arrives and makes one of his own.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Elaine Fairchilde is upset by her failed attempt to become like those on Planet Purple. Continuing to insist that every be called "Paul" and "Pauline", Lady Elaine find herself at odds with King Friday. Robert Troll and Lady Aberlin use the purple platter to teach Lady Elaine that "no one ever talks back to a king on Planet Purple...a king is always right on Planet Purple." They help her to recognize her self-worth and important place in the Neighbohrood of Make-Believe.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers visits Elsie Neal's craft shop where she and Bob Trow teach him the art of pole dyeing -- a craft very similar to tie dyeing. Before leaving, Mister Rogers admires some paintings created by Elsie Neal's husband.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers makes another painting but decides not to use the spinner. He concludes for the week by talking about how all people are different -- and that is what helps them to be friends. Viewers are left with a challenge: "Maybe this weekend, you could look around and at all your family and your friends, and start to realize how special each person is."


The fabric dyed by Elsie Neal is seen in Episode 1242 as Mister Rogers uses it to cover a collection of ice skates he brings to share.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Elsie Neal, Bob Trow
Music Director: John Costa
Directed by Bob Walsh
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Associate Producers: Diana Dean, David Newell
Assistant Producer: Betsy Nadas
Production Assistants: Laura Perkins, Susan Peters
Art Director: Jack Guest
Assistant Art Director: David Smith
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, David Anthony, Dick LaSota
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Chuck Sradomski

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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