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Mister Rogers Talks with Parents About Competition

Date: 1988
Format: VHS
Company/Organization: PBS Video


Produced by Family Communications, Inc., 1981. Distributed by PBS VIDEO.
©1988 Public Broadcasting Service.


Original air date: May 30, 1981

Filmed in the studios of WQED / Pittsburgh, Mister Rogers Talks With Parents About Competition features the expert opinions of Fred Rogers and Harvard Psychologist Tom Cottle.

Hosted by Susan Stamberg of NPR's All Things Considered, this one-hour special offers parents insight into competition among children and the emotions that competition can create.

Along with commentary from Fred Rogers and Dr. Cottle and their responses to audience members' questions, this special also includes a short conversation with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Lynn Swann.


  • Susan Stamberg
  • Tom Cottle Ph.D.
  • Lynn Swann Big Bird/Caroll Spinney





The Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston, Maine) ran a three-part article about this special in May of 1981.

The special preceded Mister Rogers' Neighborhood's Competition week of episodes which originally aired in June of 1981. Featured in this special is a clip of Sesame Street's Big Bird visiting the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from Episode 1483.

Lynn Swann appears in Episode 1484 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood's Competition series of episodes.

Dr. Cottle appears as the featured guest on Episode 213 of Old Friends...New Friends.


Producer-Editor: Sam Newbury
Director: Hugh Martin
Assistant Producers: Patty Lynch D'Amore, Margaret Whitmer
Assistant Director: Wayne Morris
Production Coordinator: John Cosgrove
Technical Supervisor: Ken Anderson
Studio Supervisor: Mark Adelsheim
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Technical Director: Ron Vangura
Camera: Jack Arthurs, Paul Byers, Don McCall, Bob Vaughn
Audio: Dick LaSota
Location Audio: John Butler
Video: Tom Deluga
Videotape: Kevin Conrad, Bob Millslagle
Videotape Editor: David Belko, Mark West
Videotape Sound: Greg Lesko, Bill Smith
Floor Managers: Nick Tallo, Jim Seech
Prompter Operator: Doug Coates
Production: Joseph Abeln, Kate Kearney
Carpenters: Pat Gianella, Rich Karapandi
Painter: Russ Stang
Set Designer: Jack Guest
Music Director: John Costa
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Post-Production Facility: TPC Communications Inc.
Special Thanks To: Barto Flowers, Gee Bee Furniture, The Plant Warehouse
Consultants: Albert V. Corrado M.D., Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Dr. Douglas Nowicki OSB, Rev. Neil R. Paylor Ph.D.

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
Executive Producers: Basil Cox, Fred Rogers

A production of Family Communications
1981 Family Communications, Inc.

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