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Episode 1190

Air Date: May 7, 1971
Previous Episode: 1189
Next Episode: 1191

Mister Rogers arrives with a newspaper and shows the comic section which includes a strip -- Wee Pals -- written by his friend Morrie Turner. He also shares a coloring book and a collection of comics by Mr. Turner. Mr. McFeely stops by with an easel on loan from Bob Trow.

Mr. Turner stops by for a visit and sits at the easel as he sketches some of the characters from Wee Pals. As he draws, he talks with Mister Rogers about how he named each of the characters and his life-long passion for art.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, X the Owl wants to follow in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin by starting his own printing business. Brenda Joyce offers to seek out potential business throughout the neighborhood and stops at the Museum-Go-Round where Lady Elaine Fairchilde always has a special event planned. Sure enough, Lady Elaine is preparing for a book show and requests an order of posters to advertise the event. Returning to the tree, Ms. Joyce sings I'm Proud of You to X the Owl.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers shows a film about how newspapers are printed before singing You've Got To Do It. Outside on the porch, Bob Trow has stopped by to share cut-outs of Chef Brockett and Betty Aberlin with Mr. Turner but finds that he is already gone. Inside, Mister Rogers shows the Wee Pals sketches to Mr. Trow and thanks him for lending his drawing board.


The newspaper used in this episode is titled The Neighborhood Gazette (Final Edition). Based on the headlines that are seen, it is quite clear that this is a real newspaper with a "Neighborhood" title added. The headlines on the front page include "Voter registration cancelled at high school" and "Nolan revealed rebel tax plan to Dardanell editors."

Two books by Morrie Turner are seen in this episode: Black and White (coloring book) and Kid Power!

The cutouts of Chef Brockett and Betty Aberlin were originally seen in Episode 1166.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Morrie Turner




Episode Credits

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

Created by Fred Rogers
Produced and directed by Sam Silberman
Written by Eliot A. Daley, Fred Rogers
Music Director: John Costa
Neighbors: Brenda Joyce, David Newell (uncredited), Bob Trow, Morrie Turner
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Associate Producer: Diana Dean
Art Director: Jack Guest
Production Assistant: David Newell
Lighting Director: Al Brennecke
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, Dick Reschoff
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Chuck Sradomski, Dick LaSota
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar

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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