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Episode 1174

Air Date: April 15, 1971
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Next Episode: 1175

Mister Rogers arrives with a container of pepper corns and a pepper mill. He talks about how pepper is ground and how it can make a person sneeze. Mister Rogers recalls a favorite teacher from his youth -- Miss Albert -- who had a very loud sneeze. In the kitchen, he sprinkles a small amount of pepper into a pie pan of water. By placing a bar of soap into the water, he shows how the pepper is pushed away by the soap.

The pie pan reminds Mister Rogers of the letter O and he asks Picture Picture to share a film called "Looking for Letters."

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Elaine Fairchilde, Daniel Striped Tiger, and Bob Dog have just watched a "scary story" about a witch. They talk about their feelings and remind themselves that the story was just pretend. At the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Elaine is frightened when she thinks she sees a witch. Bob Dog and Daniel seek help from Miss Paulificate who discovers that the "witch" is just a kite stuck in a tree. Of course, Lady Elaine claims that she knew it all along.

Back at the house, Chef Brockett stops by on his way back from a doctor's appointment where he got a "great report." Taking him to the kitchen, Mister Rogers shows him the trick using pepper and soap. Chef Brockett shares an experiment of his own by sprinkling sugar into the water which causes the pepper to move back where it started. Concluding for the day, Mister Rogers and Chef Brockett sing Sometimes People Are Good.


Looking for Letters was also featured in Episode 0010, Episode 1023, Episode 1058, Episode 1217.

Wishes Don't Make Things Come True plays in the background in Make-Believe. I'm Interested in Things plays as Mister Rogers does the pepper experiment. The Alphabet Song plays briefly at the beginning and end of the Looking For Letters film. Waltz of the Flowers from Tchichosky's The Nutcracker plays when flowers are seen in the film.

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Episode Credits

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

Created by Fred Rogers
Produced and directed by Sam Silberman
Music Director: John Costa
Neighbors: Don Brockett, Audrey Roth, Bob Trow
Animation: Ted Minchin, Tom Minchin

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1971 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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